Three Works of Art Analytical Essay by Nicky

Three Works of Art
An analysis of three works of art by Edvard Munch, Edmund Weston and Georges-Pierre Seurat.
# 148766 | 1,046 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 05, 2011 in Art (Painting) , Art (Photography)

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The paper describes and analyzes Edvard Munch's "The Scream", Edmund Weston's "Pepper No.30", and Georges-Pierre Seurat's "Le Chahut". The paper highlights these artists' techniques of line, shape and mass, and the intentions behind them. The paper points out that just as the artist brings his own perceptions of line, shape and form to a subject and its rendition, the viewer has his or her own symbolic language through which he or she perceives art.

From the Paper:

"Some of the most distinctive markers of any artist's unique style are his or her uses of line, shape, and mass. Regardless of the subject, certain general principles hold true regarding these components of art. In general straight lines tend to assure us, jagged lines unsettle us. Diagonal lines suggest movement, horizontal lines suggest stability. Horizontal lines are also more likely to suggest earthiness than vertical lines, and a perspective that forces a viewer to look upward is more likely to cause the viewer to feel awe than a perspective that encourages the viewer to look at the painting's subject in a level fashion. Cool colors like blue and green tend to make the viewer feel calmer than reds, yellows, and oranges, although different cultures bring different associations to certain specific shades.
"Edvard Munch's The Scream is a study in uncertainty of line and color. This famous work unfolds in whirling lines, pale and deathlike colors in the foreground, and swirling, indeterminate shapes of fire in the background. All of these elements convey a sense of horror to the viewer. The clashing of diagonal and curved lines draw the eye to the off-centered face in the foreground of the work and communicate a sense of the tormented artist's feelings. The work is actually said to be a self-portrait of the artist himself, when he caught a glimpse of his own reflection."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Buser, Thomas. Experiencing art around us. Second Edition. Cengage Learning, 2005

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