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Linda Steer

Monday January 21 , 2013 LART lecture 3: You need to begin by stopping and looking at the piece of art - look at all the elements of the painting - art has a message is not as simple as an advertisement message (not literal, not complete, open, multiple contradictory meanings) - sometimes we do not know what the message is - we want to start with our own reactions - old paintings often have symbols we do not understand - sometimes when looking at art from history we need to do research - art does more then try to give us a message (aesthetic experience (hard to describe)) - when you paint oil paintings you must use layers and layers - aesthetic experience is an emotional experience (when we encounter something beautiful) (can be human or nature) o not always enjoyable (the sublime or the beautiful) - when looking at a work of art we need to be aware of how we feel - goal of art was to create aesthetic art o how it relates to history o how we feel - we need to be active lookers Painting 1: Creator: Jan Vermeer Title: The Lace-maker Date: 1669-1670 Material: Oil on Canvas mounted on panel Measurements: 0.24 x 0.21 - color makes you feel peaceful - nothing to distract us - artists know how to make people feel a painting Painting 2: Creator: Vincent van Gogh Title: Sunflowers Date: 1888-1889 Material o.o.c Measurement: 36 3/8 x 28 inches - people when they look at van Gogh look at his texture - he was reading in philosophy - was very into spirituality - think about line, color, perspective, space, texture, style - then think what the painting is about - elements of painting functions like a language Painting 3: Elements of formal composition: - refers to the way the different parts of a painting are organized - things are organized a certain way to portray a particular meaning - style changes over time - some painters can have their own style - or a group of painters can paint the same style (impressionist) - subject, art always has a subject, sometimes it is difficult to figure out what it is - many of the artists we look at chose the subject of the city or paris - the new bridge was the first bridge that did not have buildings on it Painting 4: - degas painted a lot of ballarinas - his subject is the city of paris - this is his point of view of paris Comparison 3&4: - both impressionist style - very different in their formal style - both show outdoors in the city in the present - most painters before this painted in a studio did not have the outdoors - the business of the city and the people was not usually seen before this - both have horses and carriages - both have movement - one have man and 2 children - the other is more of an broad look - #3 is a further away point of view - #4 is a zoomed in point of view - #4 looks like it is influenced by photography - #3 uses perspective and a 3-d illusion - style: o both are painted outside o both have
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