Thursday, October 18, 2012

      At the Queens museum there was a lot of interesting pieces to look at.  One was Ausgustin Brunias 18th century painting titled “Pacification with the Maroon Negroes in the Island of Jamaica”.  There was a lot of emotion coming from this painting.  I could see the pain and struggle through his eyes.  I think the artist was trying to show the hardship the islanders in Jamaica faced.  It is an actual sized painting which really captured my attention.   One can’t help but to look and try to figure out what is going on with this painting.  This painting is a symmetric painting.  His blue eyes and green leaves are complementary colors.  The negative space looks like tall grass, so I assume he was running away or trying to hide.  The sticks on his face shows unity of lines.  I think Brunias painted the man at the center of the page, so we can focus only on him.  The focal point would be his eyes, the way his face is dark and his eyes are light blue.  The texture of his face is implied, but seems rough.  All the little sticks on his face create a rough texture.    

       Dance composition by Eldzier Cortor was another painting I found was interesting.  It was a painting of three African American women, who were dancers.  I noticed Cortor used the rule of odds, and painted the women on the right hand corner of the paper. The women dancing implied motion.  The artist also used variety of geometric shapes, and patterns.  On the women dresses there were triangles and circles which created some unique patterns.  The negative space Cortor, uses complementary colors yellow and blue. There was also a lot of visual rhythm in the negative space.  The focal point is the women’s’ dresses which made the painting come alive. 

1 comment:

  1. (305 words, assignment was 400-600 words) Hi Rachel:
    Are blue and green complementary colors? Please review. You mention some of the elements, but some of it is unclear or could use more explanation, like “The negative space looks like tall grass” is it a negative space if it is depicting grass? Or, when your write “There was a lot of emotion coming from this painting.” What do you mean by that? How is the artist using color, shapes, subject to elicit emotion? 3/5