Ways to Respond to a Work of Art


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Ways to Respond to a Work of Art

  1. 1. Feldman’s Art Criticism Gloria Marubio, B.S. M.Ed
  2. 2. What do you see? What subject matter? What is happening? What art elements do you see? “The Equatorial Jungle” - Henri Rousseau - (May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910) was a French Post- Impressionist painter in the naïve or primitive manner. Ridiculed during his life, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality.
  3. 3. Similarities/Contrasts Movement/Repetition Dominance Balance Relationships
  4. 4. Relate the information you have collected to your feelings, ideas, and emotions inspired by the art work. Hypothesize a meaning for the work. Use the evidence gathered in the first two phases to defend your hypothesis.
  5. 5. Based on your analysis of the first 3 stages, how would you judge the artist’s success? Craftsmanship Design Quality Expressiveness Personal Response Originality Comparison
  6. 6. What colors were used to create this painting? Describe the quality of color and shade in the sky. “The Elder Sister” (1869) William-Adolphe Bouguereau REALISM
  7. 7. What textures would you expect to feel in this painting? What feelings do you think the artist was trying to show? “Susan Comforting the Baby” (1881) Mary Cassatt IMPRESSIONISM
  8. 8. How are the colors arranged? Are the colors predominantly light or dark? Warm or cool? Bright or dull? “The Large Pine” (1892) – Paul Signac POINTILLISM
  9. 9. Pretend you are in this painting. What does it feel like? How has the artist created a sense of space? “The Orange Tree” (1878) Gustave Caillebotte IMPRESSIONISM
  10. 10. What geometric and organic shapes do you see in this painting? How do the shapes contribute to a sense of unity? “Basket of Apples” (1893) Paul Cezanne POST-IMPRESSIONISM
  11. 11. What is the first thing you notice in this painting? How do the arrangement of the parts of the picture draw your attention to the dominant image? Why? “The Rocks” (1888) Vincent van Gogh EXPRESSIONISM
  12. 12. What do you see in this picture? How did you arrive at this style? Why do you think the artist may have chosen to illustrate the images this way? “Fishing Boats” (1909) Georges Braque ABSTRACT
  13. 13. Do you see geometric or organic shapes? Is there one principle shape or is it composed of interrelating combinations of shapes? “The Rower” (1910) Pablo Picasso ABSTRACT
  14. 14. The Color Wheel Primary Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue Secondary Colors: Orange, Purple, Green Complimentary Colors: Red – Green Orange – Blue Yellow - Purple
  15. 15. Describe the colors in terms of their harmony or contrast with each other. What types of lines and patterns do you see in this painting? “Woman in the Purple Coat” (1937) Henri Matisse COLOR AND PATTERN
  16. 16. Is the visual weight on one side of the image about the same as the other? How does your eye move around the format? How do rhythms and patterns contribute a sense of visual movement? “Red, Blue, Black & Yellow Composition” and “Broadway Boogie-Woogie” (1943) Piet Mondrian
  17. 17. What elements are repeated? Do they form a strong visual rhythm? Do they form a pattern? How? “Farbstudie Quadrate” (1913) Wassily Kandinsky