After I spent most of the afternoon perusing the paintings in the online galleries, I finally selected an oil on canvas painting titled Flowers in a Vase. The artist is Rachel Ruysch and it is displayed at The National Gallery in London. There are many things that I find interesting about this particular piece, aside from its obvious beauty. The most prominent is being painted by a woman. Rachel Ruysch emerged during the Dutch Golden Age among contemporaries such as Rembrandt. She soon became well known for her vibrant and detailed still life flower paintings. Her work was highly sought after and she had a wide circle of clientele including royalty. It was quite an achievement to become successful and well known in a field that was considered
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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is generally considered one of the greatest painters in European art history and the most important in Dutch history. Rembrandt was also a proficient printmaker and made many drawings. His contributions to art came in a period that historians call the Dutch Golden Age (roughly equivalent to the 17th century), in which Dutch culture, science, commerce, world power and political influence reached their pinnacles.
Alice Walker “The Flowers” is a literary piece in which violence is not presented but suggested , and not experienced, but witnessed. Alice Walker is a contemporary African-American writer who is mainly concerned with racism. She has worked to address problems of poverty and inequality. Originally written in 1970, it is set in the south of America and is about Myop a small 10- year old African-American girl who explores the place where she lives with her black family. Alice Walker succeeded in employing symbolism to highlight childhood innocence and the loss of it.
The 1920s were filled with segregation and discrimination against the African American community. Alice Walker, the author of “The Flowers,” wrote this story to the African Americans to remind them of historic sacrifices that were made to better future lives. In the story we see the main character, Myop, on a journey as she loses her innocence when she comes across the skeleton of a dead man. Walker uses a historical lens, and helps the reader remember the tragic, violent events of the 1920s. Through the use of the audience, structure, tone, symbolism, and allusion Walker is able to further prove that this story is a historical lens.
“The Flowers” by Alice Walker is a short story written in the 1970’s. The story focuses on Myop, a ten year old African American girl who loves to explore the land in which she lives. Carefree and naïve, Myop decides to travel further away from her ‘Sharecropper cabin’ and travels deep inside the woods to unfamiliar land where she discovers the decomposed body of an African American man. It is then Myop quickly grows up and suddenly becomes aware of the world in which she lives. The story relies on setting and symbolism to convey the theme of departing innocence.
Walker continues to use negative imagery and ideas to reveal her hesitation towards the arrangement. The author uses these literary devices because she wants to illustrate Roselily’s reasons for marrying the man. Roselily does this because it is what's best for her and her children. In a way, Roselily is being forced because she does not have a better alternative to her current life. By marrying the man, Roselily will have a renewed lifestyle and reputation. Roselily imagines the flowers in her hand as kids. When she does this, her head fills with murderous thoughts. “A squeeze around the flowers in her hands chokes off three and four and five years of breath” (Walker 4). As guilty as Roselily feels, this shows how Roselily wishes she never had given birth to any of her kids. When she tightens her grip on the bouquet of flowers, she thinks of her children. Roselily dreams she did not give birth to these kids. Roselily’s ideas of murder could possibly be associated with her obsession with the idea of her personal spirit being robbed from her. Weddings usually give off positive connotations, however in Roselily’s mind she disturbs the happy wedding with dark thoughts such as the idea of murder. Deviating from the topic of “personal spirit”, Brent studies the ferocious thoughts swarming Roselily’s mind. “Roselily’s rebellious thoughts during the wedding ceremony go so far as to enter the realms of murder and blasphemy. She expresses a wish that she could be free of her three
The Flowers By Alice Walker Written in the 1970's The Flowers is set in the deep south of America and is about Myop, a small 10-year old African American girl who explores the grounds in which she lives. Walker explores how Myop reacts in different situations. She writes from a third person perspective of Myop's exploration. In the first two paragraph Walker clearly emphasises Myop's purity and young innocence.
I have chosen a famous oil on canvas painting: Venus and Cupid by Lorenzo Lotto made around the fifteenth and sixteenth century during the Italian Renaissance period. Overall, this piece is extremely intriguing to me, I cannot imagine how the artist created it with such detail and precision. Overall, this painting has this happy and positive mood, but it is also makes me curious as to what this painting is about. It also gives me this feeling to smile for Cupid and Venus in the painting, rather than with them, as there faces are conveyed as being happy together. Its colors similarly, just like the overall painting, has this beautiful bright and cheery color that seem to suit Venus and Cupid well.
Rembrandt van Rijn is known for his self-portraits and biblical knowledge. Rembrandt drew many self-portraits that time line his life changes and appearance. Dutch artist Rembrandt is considered to be one of the greatest painters in European history.
For the same reason, the flowers laying across the bottom of the piece are considered a reminder of death. Flowers are beautiful when they’re budding and alive, but soon they will wilt and die. This use of flora is also portrayed in Vanitas Self-Portrait, the vase in the back center of the painting is full of beautiful flowers that will soon wilt and lose their initial beauty, serving as a warning of death. The portrait also contains a knocked over platter and a bubble, both used as a reminder of the fragility of life. Each of the pieces are also created using the most convenient objects around. Clara Peeters painted herself, a common thing for artist to do considering you always have access to your own face, and Giovanna Garzoni painted produce straight from the farm. Garzoni frequently painted still-lives of fresh
Flowers In a Vase was a painting that Ruysch painted after 1700. This composition balances a swirl of twisting blossoms along a diagonal axis (Chadwick 138). The variety of blooms and colors, and the painter’s subtle touch and impeccable surface treatment distinguish her work (Chadwick 138). Flowers lavishly spill out of the vase, filling the entire picture space. Some are in full bloom, others droop and wilt, as leaves and curving stems entwine throughout (Robinson). The lighting in this painting falls on the flowers from the bottoms left to top right, leaving the closed peonies at the edge in shadow. Complementary colors create harmony, as warm yellows and rose balance cool blues and greens. Against the dark background, her sophisticated palette creates a flawless sense of depth and three-dimensionality (Wieseman). And looking more closely, the viewer and depict several insects in the painting- caterpillars, ants, and a grasshopper are
I think that in Virginia C Andrews’ book “Flowers in the Attic” published in 1979, an important aspect of the book in the setting. Flowers in the attic is mainly set at Foxworth Hall where the main character and narrator, Cathy Dollanganger’s grandparents, Malcolm and Olivia Foxworth reside in an exalted mansion in Virginia. Cathy and her three siblings, Carrie, Cory & Christopher are all detained in a vacant room which consist of two big double beds, several items of furniture, curtains that are never to be unfastened and a number of paintings on the bedroom walls that represent hell to show that God is always watching. There is a closet which has a concealed stair case that heads towards to attic. The attic is narrated to be extremely large
"Orphan" by Vytautas Ignas. I selected this piece of work because it is different and it is unlike the other pieces in the virtual museum. The subject matter of the work is daily life. This painting shows the sad depressing life of an orphan although all orphans aren’t depressed this one is the facial expressions and body language tells it all. He is holding a dandelion which they say represents a gift from a loved one to bring happiness but he looks sad as if the dandelion is his last memory or his only memory of parents or relatives in general. The medium of the painting is oil on canvas. The title definitely helps me interpret what I see the title explains it all his sad eyes why he is alone why he is holding the dandelion. It gives you
The painting I chose was a painting of Chrysanthemums by Pablo Picasso. It is a very simple and straightforward, yet captivating image. The way the petals on the flowers were painted are very interesting, each of them were created with unique stroke of the brush. Picasso obviously wanted viewers to focus only flowers as the foreground and background were left somewhat rugged and undetailed. At first it may be hard to notice, however, it can be seen that the source of light for the picture is on the left as the right side is painted with slightly darker colors. When positioned directly in front of the painting the flowers actually do not seem as flowers at all. Only until you move farther back will the blurry strokes of white and red actually