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Janet Vint ART 101 Journals Week 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

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Transcript of Janet Vint ART 101 Journals Week 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5

Journal Weeks One, Two,Three, Four, & Five
Janet Vint
ART 101
Prof. Elia Hagger
July 24th 2013

Since beginning this class and reading in our textbook, it has really sparked a VERY strong interest for me to go out and find different works of art. I would also like to be able to one day go to New York and visit the bigger art galleries and experience some "culture" as they say from "my neck of the woods"
"Portrait of a Lady" by Rogier Van Der Weyden
The lady in the picture seems to be very quite and reserved by the way she has her hands folded together. Her lips are closed quite tightly. She seems to be a lady of God or a very religious person. She has a small ring on her left pinky. It looks as if the ring may have a cross emblem embedded on it. There seems to be quite a bit of geometric shapes within the picture, her veil the way it sits and the way it goes toward her neckline, even down to the shape of her hands. The lighting for this portrait between the lightness and darkness makes me see the true beauty of the lady.
Weyden, R. (1560) Portrait of a Lady [ Oil on wood, 1’ 1 3/8” × 10 1/16”] Retrived from http://coursemate.cengage.com/CPReader/View/9781285062082/default.aspx?eISBN=9781285062082#55d7dec3-d71f-409b-8cdc-53dfe6d5c469
Week 2 Journal
This week I chose a work of art by Irene Clark entitled: A Mansion at Prairie Avenue.
Clark, I. (1955). A Mansion at Prairie Avenue [Oil on plywood; 36.2 x 33 cm] Retrieved from http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/180581?search_no=2&index=11
As I began to examine this work art, the first thing that came to mind was despite the title of the work I feel as if this is some sort of foster care home for children. The thickness of the clouds makes them jump out at you. The dramatic way each subject is either hanging out a window or standing makes you feel as if they are trying to get your attention. The flowing movement of the subjects arms and legs in the yard conveys to me they are playing and enjoying themselves. The bolder shades of color at the top of the house makes me feel as if the artist is trying to say the children that misbehave are placed there for punishment. All of the subjects skin tone is quite dark suggesting that the subjects are of African American Descent.
Week 3 Journal
This week it is Ships Riding on the Seine at Rouen, by Claude Monte

Monte, C. (1873). Ships Riding on the Seine at Rouen [Oil on canvas;37.7 X 46 cm] Retrieved from: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/art-object-page.52187.html
After studying this painting I see many characteristics of an impressionist painter as Monte was. It look as if it were a typical day during that time. The reflection of the boats on the water. The colors start blending together once they hit the water. The way that Monte painted dots as to make it look like ripples on the water's surface. To me it also looks as if the painting was done in a rush or hurry, the effect that an impressionist often leaves. This painting made me feel as if I was sitting on a dock looking out at the ships coming to shore.
Week 4 Journal
Lake with Dead Trees (Catskill) 1825
Thomas Cole
Cole, T. (1825) Lake with Dead Trees (Catskill) [Oil on canvas; 27 x 33 3/4 in] Retrieved from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cole_Thomas_Lake_with_Dead_Trees_(Catskill)_1825.jpg
As I studied this painting I began to see what I believe that Cole wanted to convey. I believe he wanted to show that nature itself is not a danger but the human race is the one to fear, but I believe he wanted to instill National American Pride as well by showing the trees dead. It is native to the Romanticism period, it is oil on canvas. The color of the sun sets a sort of soft glow to the trees even though there are quite dark looking clouds floating in the sky. Two dear stand among the foilage as if they are frozen because they are looking at the viewer. Impasto can be found in places of the trees on the left and also in the sky.
Week 5 Journal
Study for Nighhawks
Edward Hopper
Hopper, E. (1942) Study for Nighthawks [fabricated chalk and charcoal on paper; 11 1/8 x 15 in] Retrieved from: http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/HopperDrawing
After examining Hopper's piece, I actually feel as is I were sitting or standing across the street viewing this first hand. The shading of the light and darkness really conveys the lighting effects, showing to me it is dark outside. The faces of the people do not have any physcial features, but I believe this was done so that it would leave something for the viewer to imagine. I also like the how that Hopper placed some sort of writing where the windows are supposed to be, like advertising of the diner, to me it made show that there were windows, instead of having to imagine them there. I feel this painting was to convey that even though late at night, there are still people awake in the world.
Since week one of class I feel I have a better eye for art . I have learned SO MUCH. Knowing how many art movements that have occured throughout the years is amazing. I feel I am also able to distinguish between different art movements now than before as well. I was not aware of these movements and to be honest really did not have any interest in art. I hope to someday be able to visit an art gallery in New York or Chicago.
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