he painting Amour et Psyché, enfants is an oil painting by William Adolphe created in 1890 and the motion picture "the Pursuit of Happyness" by Steven Conrad both effectively convey the power of love in a time of despair. In this paper, I will argue that both Amour et Psyché, enfants and "The Pursuit of Happyness" both communicate how the role of love plays into overcoming hardships. In the following paragraphs, we will consider the inspirations, scenery, techniques used to convey the mood and the stories behind these artworks that shed light in the depiction of love within and after sorrow. Furthermore, within these two pieces of painted and cinematic artwork, the inspirations that sparked their creation help you to understand that both of the creators are trying to interpret a different way of communicating love. Hence, this gives us a better understanding of what the pieces are trying to portray. Amour et Psyché enfants was inspired by a story written by Apuleius, Cupid and Psyche were one of Bouguereau’s favorite myths, and he painted it quite often. He was inspired by the prominence of peace and love that prevails after enduring hardships. Likewise, he was also inspired by the innocence and purity of Jr which he symbolized in the style in which he painted. For example, the way he chose to paint the children is well thought out and meaningful. Their pale skin is luminous and has a rosy complexion to symbolize their purity. On the other, The event that
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James Fenton and Carol Ann Duffy are both contemporary poets. Their poems ‘In Paris with You’ and ‘Quickdraw’ both include the themes of the pain of love. This essay compares how the two poets present the pain of love in their poems, exploring things such as imagery, vocabulary and form and structure.
In Jean-Honoré Fragonard painting The Happy Lovers (appendix: fig. 1), viewers are able to get a glimpse into the light-hearted, playful Rococo period. The Happy Lovers is a 35.5 x 47.75 in. oil painting, that was created between the years 1760–5 in France for an unnamed aristocrat; however, it can now be found in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. The Rococo period was a result of artists resisting the stiff monarchy, and desiring open expressionism–this was particularly emphasized through nature. The two great artists from this period are Fragonard and François Boucher, Fragonard’s teacher. A result of Boucher teaching Fragonard, specifically in the continuation of pastoral, Boucher was a great influence. This is obvious when The Happy Lovers is compared to Boucher’s The Bird Catchers (appendix: fig. 2). Both paintings include subjects of women holding bird catchers and doves, ultimately symbolizing woman’s ability to control relationships. More specific to The Happy Lovers, the woman dangles the cage above the boy, who is carrying a dove, a symbol of Venus–the goddess of love. However, in the bottom left quadrant of the painting there is an even larger cage with more doves, hinting at the idea that women can easily capture many men. This further expands the sensual intention Fragonard creates. In placing this scene within a secluded landscape, Fragonard emphasizes the flirtation and secretiveness between the two lovers–creating an unstructured, blissful
Words expressed only through the agonizing notes of distress and sadness. Only then was the “art and suffering,” comingled in only a way that life’s experiences could bring.
Daniel Ridgway Knight was an odd American artist who loved to paint relaxed French peasants in luscious landscapes. Ironically, he lived during a stressful time when the Industrial Revolution displaced numerous farmers and polluted the environment. He seemed to ignore the harsh truth and shut himself in his imaginary serene world. For instance, In the Premier Chagrin, translated as The First Grief, Knight paints two healthy girls conversing on a stone wall in front of gorgeous fields. At first, it appears as merely a pretty painting that is nicely contrasted to show depth and realism. Yet, with a closer look, this contrast in the colors and lines of the landscape and the figures creates tension to suggest the painter’s conflict between longing for serene freedom and feeling trapped within the stiff society.
In the story of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, there are people who solely focus on the aesthetics of others instead of the personality or quality of the individual. Though it seems completely innocent, they can only hurt themselves, and the people close to them. Cyrano de Bergerac presents the theme of love as an umbrella to the motifs of precieuse, and platonic love, Rostand conveys the message that judging people on external beauty, and making reality bend to one’s desires can lead to self-harm, and heartbreak.
As the popular saying goes: if you love something, set it free. This is used as a test of sorts to find out if love is true love. This distinction between different kinds of love is important because sometimes love can hurt everyone that is involved. Artists choose many methods to get this idea across in their works. One of them, C.S. Lewis, chose to convey this message using beauty and justice.
Mothers’ love and care The two images, “Marie Antoinette and her Children” by Vigee-Lebrun and “Destitute Pea Pickers in California” by Dorothea Lange, show the obvious differences in the appearances of characters, color, and background. In fact, the similarity of the two images makes it easy for the viewers to see the differences and to compare and contrast. While the images are both show the living conditions of the family of four, Marie Antoinette's image shows a great wealthy life with the joys expressed in the mother’s face while the Migrant mother's image shows a destitute life of a migrant family with a mother’s worry face. Lebrun’s painting shares the mother’s happiness when her family is having a prosperous life while Lange’s photo reveals the anxieties of a mother when her children are having a hard life.
William Wordsworth’s poem titled “Surprised by Joy” and William Blake’s poem, “The Sick Rose” employs a range of poetic techniques to highlight the pain that love can create. On the other hand, John Clare’s poem titled “First Love” and Robert Burns’s poem, “A Red, Red Rose” contrastingly explore the theme of love as a positive to be celebrated.
The first striking aspect about “The Happy Garden of Life” is a mutual trait portrayed among the majority of the painted men and women. Though not in the initial description, the figures are repeatedly referred to in the text as being blank, faceless bodies. With the mural symbolizing the world as a whole, this element
In the two stories of Chopin, both, Louise in The Story of An Hour, and Desiree in Desiree’s Baby, are two women who are struggling in their marriages. Both loved their husbands, but one wanted freedom, and one was forced to freedom. Each woman 's outcome satisfied no one, not even the reader. In The Story of An Hour,
In the short story, Desiree’s Baby, written by Kate Chopin there is a feeling of karma and consequences that is used in the story. The story gives insights to the problem of a man’s pride defeating the love he has for his wife and race, before he finds out the truth. The purpose of this essay is to examine show why Armand’s pride was bigger than the love for his wife, Desiree, what made him change and how race changed everything. The story, “Desiree’s Baby” was published during 1892.
Biologically, love is always considered as a powerful temperamental condition comparable to either hunger or thirst. Likewise, love and marriage are two fundamental tools correlating with one another and co-exist in many simple ways. In Kate Chopin’s short stories, all of the three conveys a fairly straightforward message in which exhibits a strong discussion whether true love is existent or not. In these short stories, each female characters display traits of extreme trouble and difficulty when encountered by their love and marriage for their husbands. Kate Chopin, the author delivers the same message throughout all of the short stories written, and proceeded to interpret and imply the same message with similar understanding
Several poems in the anthology explore the intensity of human emotion. Explore this theme, referring to these three poems in detail and by referencing at least three other poems from your wider reading.’
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of all time. He is known for his paintings and is hailed as the quintessential expressionist painter in history. Yet, Van Gogh lived one of the most troubling lives one could ever imagine. Almost every painting can be viewed as a look into his troubled soul. Van Gogh’s Paintings today can be sold for millions of dollars, but during his life time he sold a single painting for a measly 40 francs. Van Gogh’s legacy has left behind stories of greatness and sadness having to do with both his personal life and his career as an artist.
Everyone, if not most people, is familiar with the question that asks, “If a tree falls in a forest and nobody's around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Artists of all types, from poets to painters, strive to answer this question by preserving and bringing this sound to light to the best of their abilities. Joy Harjo and Art Spiegelman attempt to preserve a moment in time with their own work. In Source 1, Spiegelman attempts to save a legacy by jotting down his father’s memories while they’re shared with him. Harjo pulls a story out of the dust and ashes after a family song, describing distress-filled events, is passed down the generations. While there are few differences, the similarities amongst the works are seen in multiple aspects. This analysis will compare and contrast the context, audience, purpose, and stylistic features of the two.