Monday, October 13, 2014

Art 101: Do you know these paintings?

See which paintings you know: Title, Artist, Date...

Is this how you feel when you see how much homework you have?

*The Scream, by Edvard Munch, 1893
-Why do you think he used such bright colors in this painting? Does it seem very modern for the time it was painted? What does it mean that there are two people walking behind? Do you think they are on a ship? Is there a story in this painting?


Hint: The title is what it is.

*Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1919
-How does this make you feel compared to "The Scream"? The edges of the flowers are soft, but do you see them anyway?


Don't even think about saying you don't know this one. But who painted it, and when?

*Mona Lisa, Leonardo DaVinci, 1503 to 1507
-What do you take from this painting? Is she smiling or not? What is she thinking?


Why does this make me think of The Simpsons?

*Weeping Woman, by Pablo Picasso, 1937
-Does the painting match the title? How does it make you feel? Can you think of a story behind this?


Less well known but interesting.....

*Surprise- this is also by Pablo Picasso.  It doesn't have a title, it's just said to be from his "Blue" period, which was 1901-1904 when he used all tones of blue in his work. Which style of his art do you like better, the abstract Weeping Woman, or this? Why?


Hint: the title gives you the artist.

*Whistler's Mother, by James Whistler, 1871
-What do you think of this painting? Why do you think it became so famous? What is interesting about it?


Hint: There was a song written about this.

*Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh 1889
Is this a happy painting, do you think? Why, or why not? What do you know about Van Gogh? What about his ear?

The song, by Don McLean:
Look up the lyrics!


What they're doing is the title.

*The Luncheon of the Boating Party,  Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1881. What do you think when you see this picture? Can you hear the conversation and laughter as they enjoy their lunch? What do you like about it? Dislike?


This artist is very famous even though his art looks like he was on serious drugs.

*The Persistence of Memory, Salvadore Dali, 1931
-can you see why he gave it that title? What is that lying on the ground? Does it make you think, or is it just odd?


Here's a gimme....but what's the title??

*The Black Eye, by Norman Rockwell, 1953
-What do you like about this? Not like? Is it still art even though it is so realistic? Why? Can you see a story in this painting? What will happen to the girl?


This looks like the end of a serious game of paintball....but it's not.

*Convergence, by Jackson Pollack, 1952
-Is this art? Why? What do you like about it? Dislike?


Is this art? Why or why not?


Any ideas? The title has the girl's name in it.

*Christina's World, by Andrew Wyeth, 1948
-If this is her world, what do you think her story is? Why is she lying on the ground?


                          This guy painted a LOT of ballerinas....

*The Star, Edgar Degas, 1878   Why is it titled that way? What do you see in this painting? Why?


And finally, this. I could not find the artist or date, but it is titled "Flowers." Is it art? Why or why not? If it was created using a computer, is it still art?

Here's something else to ponder: A man with Cerebral Palsy creates art using an old-fashioned typewriter. Look at what he's done----This is art, isn't it?? :

Do you enjoy art? Think about looking at some different pieces sometimes to stretch your imagination. Then start your own masterpiece!

And: This is most definitely a lot of nothing:

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