Welcome Home by Jack Levine and City Landscape by Francis Criss

1273 Words Jul 15th, 2018 6 Pages
Both Welcome Home by Jack Levine and City Landscape by Francis Criss are pieces that can be seen in the “American Moderns, 1910-1960 From O'Keeffe to Rockwell” exhibit at Reynolda House, which is on loan from the Brooklyn Museum. The two pieces look quite different at a first glance, and this is true to an extent. The main similarity between the two, of course, is that they were both made by American artists in the modern art time period. Welcome Home was made in 1946, while City Landscape was made in 1934. The most obvious difference between the two pieces is the subject matter. Levine's piece focuses on people, such as a war general, his acquaintances, and a waiter. They are all at a very fancy place, dressed to the nines and being …show more content…
In Welcome Home, the artist deliberately chose to make the flesh of the dinner party attendees look “mottled and distorted” to show the ugliness of their characters.2 Everything in the painting looks rough and unnatural, which helps to prove his point. Criss, however, made his piece appear very smooth. The buildings have little to no implied textures, other than being smooth. Not even the sidewalks look rough. This gives City Landscape a very clean and refined look, overall. In Welcome Home, the pieces of the painting are rather unnatural in proportion to one another. The people look too large for the amount of space they take up, and their heads are unnaturally big. The front table is gigantic in relation to the table in the background. In real life, they would look more alike in size, since they are in such close proximity. In City Landscape, however, everything appears normal in proportion to each other. All of the buildings, posts, vehicles, and signs look lifelike in proportion. Nothing seems unnatural or uncomfortable in this piece. In Levine's piece, there is more of an asymmetrical balance. There are more people crammed into the left side of the painting, while there is one lone person on the right side. There are more geometric shapes on the right side of the painting, where the floor tiles are. On the left side, there are more organic shapes, where most of the people are. This makes the piece very hard to focus on. Criss' piece, on the
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