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Brock University
Linda Steer

Monday January 14 , 2013 Lart lecture 2: Slide 1: Liberal Arts 1F90/91 Poets, Painters and Philosophers: Introduction to Liberal Arts Winter Term: Paris, Capital of the 19thCentury Instructor: Dr. Linda Steer [email protected] Office Hours: Thursdays5‐6pm GLN 119 Slide 2: • Re‐read chapter 1 of your Foundations textbook, p. 1‐36. Focus on the sections on lectures and on taking notes. • PRINT and bring your lecture notes to seminar (from lectures on January14) • Be prepared to share your note‐taking techniques with others in your seminar. • What are your strategies for taking notes in art history lectures? Slide 3: Vocabulary: - visual analysis: how you visually look at something - medium - subject matter - composition - foreground - background - texture - symbolism - formalism - iconography - art markets - historical context Slide 4 Picture 1: - one woman is naked laying on a bed another darker woman is holding flowers - Creator: Edouard Manet - Title: Olympia - Date: 1863-1865 - Material: oil on canvas - Measurements: 130.5 x 190 cm - Picture was first shown in Paris at the salon - Was a competition - Salon was the main place to show their work, you had to be part of an art association to show work - Salon happened once a year - News paper writers and critics would go to the salon’s and judge the paintings and write a review - News paper reviews could make or break an artists career - Was not received well at all, very controversial painting - In art history we can look at the painting several different ways, but they all start with visual analysis (formal elements of a painting) - Look at and describe what they see Slide 5: - subject matter: unclothed white woman laying on a bed, wearing earrings, wearing one slipper lined by fur, gold bracelet, flower in her hair - beside the naked woman there is black woman fully clothed and holding flowers - cat and white woman are looking right at us, black woman is not because she is bringing the white woman something - room is bare, curtains in the background, there is brown in the background - woman is laying on top of a satin coverlet with floral print, lots of pillows behind her to hold her up - red velvet says that she is in a day bed - great contrast between the 2 women (skin colour, how they are situated in the painting) - don’t see much of the black woman’s body because the white woman is blocking her - how are the objects arranged within the setting of the frame - composition is very important - the woman in the foreground is important, because she is the main subject of the painting and takes up majority of the painting - the woman in the background is less important and a servant - the woman in the background is making a gesture that is why she is leaning that way - texture is important as well - texture of this painting is smooth - flowers in the painting have a bit of texture in them - the expressive style important - body is made larger because of the white bed - she is place in the foreground and nothing is blocking the woman’s body - very little background, the women seem to be placed on top of each other, there isn’t much depth - the woman in the front blocks our view, cannot see deeply into space - there was no window into the world, this painting is a new style of painting - has a sense of flatness, the viewer cannot enter the painting - the subject matter and the painter are realist - subject matter is present day - the woman in the foreground does not seem to care for the woman in the background - she is defiant, not ashamed to be naked in front of us - a work of art is generally based on another work of art - his painting has a resemblance to another painting Venus of Ubrino Slide 6: - similar pose, similar backgrounds, animal at the foot of the bed, woman is laying on the same type of bed - Manet referenced this painting Slide 7: - Manet made a copy of the Venus of Ubrino - He copied this 9 years before his Olympia painting - This is how artists were educated Slide 8: Compare and Contrast - both women are laying in a similar position in the bed - both are wearing a bracelet in bed - both covering their genitals in the same way - Titian painting is more 3 dimensional - Manet didn’t use the trick of perspective, much less illusion - Ti
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