Saturday, August 31, 2013

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist "Motif"

Art as "Motifs of Real Life"...

My own art has always been influenced by the idea of "motif" and "real life".  Much of abstract, post-abstract, and "contemporary" art lacks these directions, ending up "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing", or worse, nothing but trivial decoration.

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists used "Real Life" motifs (i.e., "what the painting is about"), sharply in contrast to the idealized "not real" subject matter of established academicism,  to see more, go here - "Impressionist - Post Impressionist Motifs"

Impressionist - Post Impressionist

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  fine arts paintings
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    I like to think of my artwork motifs quite specifically.  That is, the works here are not "portrait of a woman"; they are Eva and Shannon.





    Friday, June 7, 2013

    Post-Impressionism - Paul Gauguin

    Paul Gauguin

    Paul Gauguin is another early "traditional-modern" painter.  He maintained a lot of the impressionist ideas of motif; i.e., art relating to, in the 19th century , "modern" outlooks on the real world, but with his own post-impressionist style. "Modern" here is in contrast to pre-impressionist art, which was so often (but not always) so banal.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...

    "Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin
    ... was a leading French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated until after his death. Gauguin was later recognized for his experimental use of colors and synthetic style that were distinguishably different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse ..."

    Gauguins art encompassed a wide variety of motif (see thumbnails below), I am showing here a few of his Tahitian pictures.

    When will you marry?
    (Tahitian: Nafea faa ipoipo?) 

    "... the front figure indulges in dreamy fantasies, the rear figure is imbued with something rigid and rule-bound. The front woman stretches herself, her facial features stylized and simplified. The rear female figure ... face is painted with individual features and represents the center of the image. ..."

    I sometimes (almost always???) think that art academics get carried away... To me, as a painter, and with a son and daughter, this could more basic; there is mom, or aunt, and daughter; daughter looks like daughter, mom looks like mom, neither of them really are sure they want to be sitting there getting painted.

    Gauguin apparently was very mercurial, full of ups and downs, maybe mostly downs.  Many of his pictures seem to reflect Gauguin, in this way; not necessarily those being painted.

    Tahitian Women on the Beach

    Two Tahitian Women

    Paul Gauguin
    Concerning Gauguin's impact on Picasso John Richardson wrote, "The 1906 exhibition of Gauguin's work left Picasso more than ever in this artist's thrall. Gauguin demonstrated the most disparate types of art—not to speak of elements from metaphysics, ethnology, symbolism, the Bible, classical myths, and much else besides—could be combined into a synthesis"

    His self-portraits are obviously how he wants to see himself.  One thing I find interesting is how often his other portraits  look sort of like Gauguin; this is actually quite noticeable for many other artists also.

    He also did a lot of paintings and art having to do with his notions of religious and mystic symbolism; this stuff is highly rated by art historians and critics, but I myself am not a believer in that kind of art...

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    Post-Impressionism - Van Gogh

    Post-Impressionism and after - 19th Century

    Post-Impressionism was a beginning of what to me is  "Traditional-Modern" art; i.e., preserving the humanistic views of real people, but with arts styles which became "modern"; for more, go here...

    From Wikipedia, "... Post-Impressionists extended Impressionism while rejecting its limitations: they continued using vivid colours, thick application of paint, distinctive brush strokes, and real-life subject matter, but they were more inclined to emphasize geometric forms, to distort form for expressive effect, and to use unnatural or arbitrary colour."

    Vincent van Gogh


    "... it does me good to do what’s difficult. That doesn’t stop me having a tremendous need for, shall I say the word – for religion – so I go outside at night to paint the stars.'"

    "... it does me good to do what’s difficult. That doesn’t stop me having a tremendous need for, shall I say the word – for religion – so I go outside at night to paint the stars.'"

    Vincent's Room, Arles
     1888; Vincent Van Gogh Foundation, Amsterdam

    Starry Night


    A Wheat Field, with Cypresses, September 1889, National Gallery, London

    Van Gogh painted a number of scenes of the wheat field and cypresses; from images available on the net, I like this one best.

    A Wheat Field, with Cypresses, September 1889, National Gallery, London