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Symbolism.

The connections between Kara Walker, Gustav Klimt, and Van Gogh, through symbolism in art.
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Kara Walker - Country: America
- Nationality: African-American - D.O.B: November 26, 1969
in Stockton, California
- Primary type of work: Silhouettes - Medium/Media: Black-cut paper,
adhesive, projector - Style: Contemporary - Contemporary art: Artistic work from
the present era that uses the current
practices and styles of it's discipline. Artworks by Kara Walker - Title: "Darkytown Rebellion" - Year: 2001 - Size: 14 x 37 1/2 Ft. - Location: Collection Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg - Media/Medium: Projection,
adhesive on wall, cut paper pbs.org, . "Kara Walker." n. pag. Web. 9 Mar 2011. <http://www.pbs.org/art21/slideshow/?slide=285&artindex=72>. Three Perceptions of Symbolism. By:Micaela, Flannery & Alessandra - Title: "Burn" - Year: 1998 - Media/Medium: Cut paper,
adhesive on wall - Size: 92 x 48 in - Location: Metropolitan
Museum of Art Metropolitan Museum of Art, . "Kara Walker at the Met: After the Deluge ." (2000-2011): n. pag. Web. 9 Mar 2011. <http://www.metmuseum.org/special/kara_walker/view_1.asp?item=2>. - Title: "Restraint" - Year: 2009 - Media/Medium: Cut paper, Adhesive - Size: 24 x 19 in - Location: Greg Kucera Gallery
in Seattle, WA Greg Kucera Gallery, INC., . "Kara Walker." n. pag. Web. 9 Mar 2011 <http://www.gregkucera.com/walker.htm>. Connection through symbolism. - Title: "Cut" - Year: 1998 - Media/Medium: Cut paper, adhesive on wall. - Size: 88 x 54 in - Location: Hammer Museum.
LA, California Tibbits, Ashley. "Kara Walker @ Hammer Museum." (2008): n. pag. Web. 9 Mar 2011. <http://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/2008-kara-walker-hammer-museum/1259>. - Title: "Trilogy" - Year: 2001 - Media/Medium: Mixed media and paper on canvas board - Size: 9 x 12 in - Location: Courtesy Hammer Museum. LA, California Tibbits, Ashley. "Kara Walker @ Hammer Museum." (2008): n. pag. Web. 9 Mar 2011. <http://whitehotmagazine.com/articles/2008-kara-walker-hammer-museum/1259>. Analysis: "Darkytown Rebellion" Gustav Klimt - Country: Austria - Nationality: Austrian - D.O.B: July 14, 1862 in
Baumgarten, Austrian Empire - Primary type of work: Symbolic paintings
(symbolist painter) - Medium/Media: - Death: February 6, 1918 (aged 55) in
Vienna, Austria-Hungary oil paints, gold leaf, canvases - Style: Symbolism Artworks by Gustav Klimt - Title: Portrait of Hermine Gallia - Year: 1904 - Media/Medium: Oil paints
and canvas. - Size:170.5 x 96.5 cm - Location: National Gallery,
London The National Gallery, . "Key Facts." n. pag. Web. 14 Mar 2011. . <http://nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/gustav-klimt-portrait-of-hermine-gallia/*/key-facts>. - Title: Mäda Primavesi - Year: 1912 - Media/Medium: Oil paints, canvas - Size: 149.9 × 110.5 cm (59.02 × 43.5 in) - Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York The Metropolitan Museum of Art, . "Collection Database." Works of Art (200-2011): n. pag. Web. 14 Mar 2011. <http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/european_paintings/mada_primavesi_1903_2000_gustav_klimt/objectview.aspx?collID=11&OID=110001263>. - Title: Adele Bloch-Bauer's Portrait - Year: 1907 - Media/Medium: Oil paints, gold
& silver foil, canvas - Size: 138 × 138 cm (54.33 × 54.33 in) - Location: Neue Galerie,
New York
Wikipedia, . "Adele Bloch-Bauer I Gustav Klimt." (2006): n. pag. Web. 14 Mar 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Adele_Bloch-Bauer_I_Gustav_Klimt01.jpg>. - Title: Portrait of Helene Klimt - Year: 1898 - Media/Medium: Oil paints,
cardboard - Size: 60 x 40 cm - Location: Private
Collection Unknown Author, . "Olga's Gallery." n. pag. Web. 14 Mar 2011. <http://www.abcgallery.com/K/klimt/klimt97.html>. - Title: The Kiss - Year: 1907-1908 - Media/Medium: Oil paints,
canvas - Size: 180 × 180 cm (70.87 × 70.87 in) - Location: Österreichische Galerie,Vienna Wikipedia, . "File:Gustav Klimt 016.jpg." n. pag. Web. 14 Mar 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gustav_Klimt_016.jpg>. Analysis of "Adele Bloch-Bauer's Portrait" Vincent Van Gogh - Name: Vincent Willem van Gogh - Nationality: Dutch - D.O.B: March 30, 1853 in
Zundert, Netherlands - D.O.D: July 29, 1890 (aged 37)
in Auvers-sur-Oise, France - Primary type of work: Paintings - Medium/Media: Oil paints,
canvases - Style: Post-impressionism Post-impressionism: a style of artwork that followed Impressionism. Practitioners of this style discarded a concern with light and nature in favour of exploring geometric form and symbolic content. Artworks by Van Gogh - Title: Self-portrait, dedicated to Paul Gauguin
- Year: 1888
- Media/Medium: Oil paints,canvas - Size: 62 × 52 cm (24.41 × 20.47 in)
- Location: Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA
Wikipedia, . "File:VanGogh-self-portrait-dedicated to gaugin.jpg." n. pag. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:VanGogh-self-portrait-dedicated_to_gaugin.jpg>. - Title: Selbstporträt - Year: 1889 - Media/Medium: Oil paints,canvas - Size: 65 × 54 cm (25.59 × 21.26 in) - Location: Paris Wikipedia, . "File:SelbstPortrait VG2.jpg." n. pag. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SelbstPortrait_VG2.jpg>. - Title: Selbstporträt - Year: 1888 - Media/Medium: Oil paints, canvas - Size: 40 × 31 cm (15.75 × 12.2 in) - Location: Private
Collection Wikipedia, . "File:Vincent Willem van Gogh 102.jpg." n. pag. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_Willem_van_Gogh_102.jpg>. - Title: Self-portrait - Year: 1887 - Media/Medium: Oil paints,cardboard - Size: 42 × 33.7 cm (16.54 × 13.27 in) - Location: The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL Wikipedia, . "File:VanGogh 1887 Selbstbildnis.jpg." n. pag. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:VanGogh_1887_Selbstbildnis.jpg>. - Title: Self Portrait with felt Hat - Year: 1887-1888 - Media/Medium: Oil paints,canvas - Size: 44 × 37.5 cm (17.32 × 14.76 in) - Location: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Wikipedia, . "File:Vincent Willem van Gogh 107.jpg." n. pag. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_Willem_van_Gogh_107.jpg>. Analysis of "Selbstportrait" The piece entitled “Darkytown Rebellion” by Kara Walker is symbolic, objective, and abstract. The artwork is symbolic, because Walker uses silhouettes of people to convey the time era of slavery through the actions of the characters. The artwork is objective, because Walker uses her silhouette’s to represent actual things and people. The artwork is abstract, because the characters in the piece aren’t realistic. The subject matter depicts African-American slaves that are visibly abused and neglected. Through the use of the projection, there is a tree, where a man sits, and it holds a harmonica or instrument of some sort, which depicts the only entertainment that slaves of the South had. The Elements of Art used in this piece by Kara Walker include organic form, shape, color, space, and value. The forms of the people are not geometric shapes and are free-drawn, therefore they are organic. There is shape that is seen through the silhouettes, as well as the colors in the scenic background (specific colors play roles. Ex: the light brown acts as a tree.) Color is used in the scenic background, and is used to identify specific aspects in the background. Space is used to balance out each silhouette, as well as the scenic background. The space between the silhouettes creates a feeling of balance, as well as harmony. Value is used through the light/tinted colors in the background. The colors are very tinted, and faded, which set the mood for the piece. The faded colors are symbolic of the hardship and inequality that slaves experienced. The principles of design used in “Darkytown Rebellion” are emphasis, balance, harmony and contrast. Emphasis is seen through the silhouettes; they are dark and bold, therefore are emphasized most. The balance in this piece is asymmetrical. The left side of the work has more silhouettes, but the right has more scenic background and color, so the two weigh each other out. Harmony is used, because similar elements are used throughout the entire work. The piece is not complicated in color, and the silhouettes and color are used entirely in the piece. The artwork uses contrast, because the blackness of the silhouette’s clash with the light, tinted colors of the scenic background. This particular piece by Walker conveys an emotion of anger, because it is symbolic of a darker part of the culture of African-Americans.
The piece entitled “Selbstportrait” by Van Gogh is symbolic, objective, and abstract. The art piece is symbolic, because it is representational of emotion. The flowing curved lines along with the lighter blue colors convey calmness or tranquility. The painting is objective, because it is representational of an actual human, which is Van Gogh himself. The artwork is abstract, because the portrait is not realistic or based off of realism. The portrait looks like a real person, but the details, clothing, and background are distorted. The Elements of Art used in the piece by Van Gogh are line, shape, color, and value. Line is used throughout the entire piece, to create a feeling of movement. Organic shape is used through the outline of the subject (Van Gogh), to help make it easier to identify that the piece is a portrait. Color is used to create a specific mood, such as calmness or tranquility. Value is used , because there are different tints of blue that vary throughout the entire piece. The elements of art used in the piece are emphasis, balance, harmony, movement, rhythm, and unity. Emphasis is used through contrasting and shadowing. The face of Van Gogh is the emphasis, because he uses contrast to make part of his face darker, so it stands out from the rest of the piece. Balance is used, because the painting is symmetrical (both sides balance each other out). Harmony is used, because the painting is non-complex and uses the same repetition and pattern throughout the entire piece. Movement is used through the use of lines, and moves the viewers eye. Rhythm is used because there is not only movement, but an alternation between contrasts and repetition. Unity is seen, because the same elements are repeated, and the piece is non-complex, which gives a feeling of unity. This particular piece conveys an emotions/feeling of calmness, because the repetition of lines and colors create unity, which allows the viewers to look with ease. The piece entitled “Adele Bloch-Bauer's Portrait” by Gustav Klimt is symbolic, abstract, and objective. The art piece is symbolic, because it is symbolic of the socially prominent people of the time era. The painting is objective, because it is representational of an actual human, and is easily recognizable. The painting is abstract, because it is not realistic and uses different shapes and patterns to makes a whole shape. Elements of art used in this piece include: line, shape, color, texture, space, and value. Line is used in the dress of the woman and background behind the woman. Then lines are used in the shapes, and are specifically used on the dress to create movement. Shape is used throughout the entire piece; multiple shapes are seen on the dress and in the background. These shapes are separated through the differentiation of contrast and values. The shapes are also used to create a feeling of intricacy. Color is used specifically to convey emotion. Yellow, in particular may have been used to create a feeling of happiness. Texture is used through the differentiation of patterns, shapes, colors, and designs. Space is used in the background/wall behind the woman, to ensure that the patterns and shapes in the piece aren’t overwhelming to view. Value is used within the different shapes. Yellow is used throughout the entire piece, but there are different values that are used to create different shapes. The elements of art used in this piece include: emphasis, balance, and movement. Emphasis is used through the over-crowding of shapes and patterns on the dress of the woman, and the part of the wall behind her. The shapes may be used to emphasize the intricacy of her dress, or emphasize the fact that the socially prominent found happiness through materialism and riches. Balance is used, because the shapes and space used in the piece balance each other out. Lastly, movement is visible through the use of line and shapes. This particular piece conveys a feeling of excitement. Excitement is conveyed through the over-crowding of shapes, over-usage of lines, and bright colors.

- For centuries, symbolism has been commonly seen throughout art.
- Symbolism can be seen in traditional or contemporary art. - Common symbolism that can be seen in art are things such as a Christian cross, animals, landscapes, and flowers. - Kara Walker, Gustav Klimt, and Vincent Van Gogh use symbolism in their artwork because they use specific techniques to symbolize their individual personalities, they use the actions of the people in their art to symbolize the mood that is set in the painting, and they use style to symbolize specific time eras.
The final ties between Walker, Klimt, & Van Gogh. The artwork of Kara Walker, Gustav Klimt, and Vincent Van Gogh all relate to eachother, because all three artists use symbolism. All artists use symbolism in their artwork because they use specific techniques to symbolize their individual personalities, they use the actions of the people in their art to symbolize the mood that is set in the painting, and they use style to symbolize specific time eras. Symbolism is portrayed in the work of all three artists through the use of.. - Similar Elements & Principles of Art. - Elements and Principles to portray personal characteristics/emotions. - Facial expressions & actions of subjects in their works. - Specific technique's and styles to represent specific time eras. Through these aspects of each artist's work, the artists connect, because they are using symbolism through the use of similar technique's. Sources PBS, . "Biography." Kara Walker n. pag. Web. 22 Feb 2011. <http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/walker/>. Dubois, Gwendolyn. Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker. USA: Duke University Press, 2004. Print. Author Unknown, . "Gustav Klimt." n. pag. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://www.artchive.com/artchive/K/klimt.html>. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, . "Biography." (2002): n. pag. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/klimt/klimt/bio.cfm>. National Gallery of Art, . "Who Am I?: Self-Portraits in Art and Writing.." (2011): n. pag. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://www.nga.gov/education/classroom/self_portraits/bio_van_gogh.shtm>. Van Gogh Gallery, . "Vincent van Gogh: Biography." (2011): n. pag. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://www.vangoghgallery.com/misc/bio.html>. Huntfor.com, . "Symbolism." (1999-2007): n. pag. Web. 15 Mar 2011. <http://www.huntfor.com/arthistory/c19th/symbolism.htm>. Smith , Roberta. "Kara Walker Makes Contrasts in Silhouette in Her Own Met Show ." March 24, 2006: n. pag. Web. 22 Feb 2011. <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/24/arts/design/24walk.html?_r=1>. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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