ARTISTIC MEDIUMS 3
TheScream by Edvard Munch. It was made in 1893
Thematerials used include oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard.
Itssize 91 cm by 73.5 cm
TheNational Gallery in Oslo.
TheScream is an expression art where the viewer sees a human figure itis a sexless, skull-shaped head with wide eyes and flaring nostrilsand ovoid shaped mouth with elongated hands touching the face. Thefigure has been engrained in a churning blue landscape with flamingorange and yellow sky. Edvard painted the “Scream” after anexperience he encountered. The art portrayed in the “Scream” canbe interpreted as articulating the agony of obliteration of humanpersonality by a unifying force. Munch’s experience inspired theart.
Socialconnection to this particular art is portrayed by thedepersonalization of the figure in the painting. The fence and thetwo humanlike faceless figures depict safety in the world. The art byMunch in this work represents internal human emotions throughexternal forms. It can, therefore, be termed to mean a visual imagefor a universal human experience. Adjectives that can describeMunch’s Scream include anxious, grievous and general.
Theart communicates human striking emotional experiences and the lifesurrounding the experience.
TheLes Demoiselles D’Avignon by Pablo Picasso
Itwas made in the year 1907
Museumof modern art
Materialsused is oil on canvas
Itssize is 243.9 cm by 233.7 cm
Withthe first glance of the painting, one sees a mosaic of angular andoverlapping fragments of five nude females, two who stare at theviewer. Twohave dominant form and animalistic masks. They are all lifting theirhands. There is an image of fruits in the middle.
Thepainting depicts five prostitutes in a brothel. Their nudityexpresses their feeling of no hang-ups with what they offer. The waythe figures are put together shows a lack of a connection betweenthem.
Thecultural perspective implied in this work of art is prostitution andthe nature of prostitutes. The female figures aggressively flaunttheir nudity showing the reality of prostitution and brothels. Thefruits express the merry lives of the prostitutes and how they copedaily life, sexual freedom. Adjectives to describe the art includeintimate, identifiable and real.
Theart is communicating the reality of life.
TheDanse (1) or La Danse by Henri Matisse
Itwas created in 1909
Itssize 259.7 cm by 390.1 cm
Thepainting shows five nude human figures in dark red, holding handswhile dancing in a simplified green landscape. There is a blue sky.
Thecombination of warm colours against the cool blue andgreen background anddancing nudes convey a feeling of emotional liberation. The figuresexpress pleasure and joy.
Thebreakpoint which is closest to the viewer depicts an invitation tothe dance.
Thesocial aspect in this painting is the dance. It might have a sense ofritualistic tribal idealism. Supportive of the ceremonial idealism isdancing in a circle and the nudity. Adjectives that can describe thework of art in the dance include, delightfulness, feminine andsimple.
Thepainting communicates triumph of the feminine and the joy associatedwith the same.
Makingthe painting made me feel productive and happy. The process opens upone’s creative ideas. Trying to bring out what I wanted to made mefeel relevant. Ideas flow as one goes on with painting. It felt likea triumph.
Iused a pencil on a drawing book, and paper paint. The pencil was tosketch the outline then the paint was to bring out the main picture.The main idea the picture was to depict was not easy to bring out.Nevertheless, I was close to bringing out the intended message withthe picture.
Thetitle of the image is wonder.
Munch,E. (1910). The Scream by Edvard Munch.
Picasso,P. (2010). Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907. Museumof Modern Art, New York.
Spurling,H. (2005). Matissethe master: a life of Henri Matisse, the conquest of colour,1909-1954.Alfred a Knopf Incorporated.