Non-Western part 2

Pierre Bodo
Inconvenance sexeulle (2003)
Acrylic on canvas
 I choose this painting because how unusual it looks. Pierre Bodo did an amazing job of putting this painting together, one really has to look at the detail to see the whole view of things. If you look at the men in the painting there noses almost look like the birds positioned behind the man in white. My favorite part of the painting has to be how the giraffe and monkey are both holding a piece of paper. Bodo did an amazing job with color and detail, if you look at the birds chest the colors flow together or how the color changes on the elephant based on the lighting in the painting. The artist Pierre Bodo was born in Mandu, Democratic Republic of Congo and currently lives and works in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He is one of the founders of the Zaire school of popular painting. Bodo is an amazing painter and paints what he wants, “I express everything that happens to me so that I am no longer focused on specifically African topics and can address myself to the entire world.”


Non-Western Part 1

The Jungle

The Jungle,  1942-44, Museum of Modern Art, NY by Wifredo Lam

Wifredo Lam is an Cuban Artist and is best known for his piece of art called The Jungle. The Jungle was painted between 1942-1944 and is now hung for display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. I choose this painting mainly because of the color, the way the color changes from the top of the painting to the bottom. The painting overall is rather dark but the spurts of bright color is what really caught my eye. Lam did an amazing job of creating this painting, personally my favorite part of the painting is the feet  because some of them look like hands and then some of them only have 3 or 4 fingers/toes.

I choose the artistic style called tromp-l’oeil which is an art technique which causes an object or the painting to become an optical illusion and look like it is in three dimensional. My favorite type of art that goes along with this technique is called street art. Street art is done by extremely talented artist who instead of working in an art studio they go out on the streets and start creating master pieces for everyone to enjoy.

Julian Beever is an amazing artist who has created amazing optical illusions in more than 28 countries in the world with just chalk. Julian Beever was born in the United Kingdom and attended art school at Leeds Polytechnic in the United Kingdom as well during 1979-1983. I had a hard time finding the dates of Beevers art because he doesn’t document them all but I wanted to use Beevers art because after looking at different artist he has to be my favorite.

Meeting Mr. Frog, Salamanca, Spain

Swimming Pool In the High Street Glasgow, Scotland
The drawings above is the Swimming Pool In The High Street. The drawing on the bottom just shows you the drawing from a different angel often called the “wrong side” because it doesn’t give you the optical illusion.

Wheel of Fortune, Santiago, Chile

All three drawings above relate to the style of art called tromp-l’oeil because they give you an optical illusion that the image is 3-D when in reality the image is 2-D.

Tracy Lee Stum is an astonishing artist she is in the Guiness World Record book for creating the largest piece of street art by on person, she also created the very first 3-D chalk art mural.  Tracy was born in Pennsylvania and went to school at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and then continued on at Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Tracy has won numerous awards for her artistic abilities.

‘The Last Supper’ chalk painting by Tracy Lee Stum The Da Vinci Code and The Last Supper, Trump Tower New York, 2006

2010 Olympic Winter Games, Vancouver, B.C.
The three pictures above are all part of the mural from the Olympic games.


April 2013 Let’s Party

Early Modern

Early Modern art is a very unique an wonderful type of art, the way artist let their mind unwind and painted their unconscious thoughts is beautiful. I had a hard time choosing which piece of art to use because there all very unique and the styles changes so much, personally my favorite is I and the Village by Marc Chagall, however I am going to choose a painting from the Harlem Renaissance because I find it to be such a ground breaking event for African Americans.
The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural movement between 1920-1930, during this movement middle class African Americans migrated north to New York City one of these people being Palmer Hayden. Palmer Hayden is a famous painter from the Harlem Renaissance, during his younger years he studied at the Cooper Union in New York City and later practiced independent studies at Boothbay Art Colony in Maine. Palmer focused most of his work on the African-American experience. A lot of his paintings were focused on the urban background in New York City. The body of Hayden’s paintings consisted of watercolors and oils

Palmer Hayden, Jeunesse, Collection Dr. Meredith F. Sirmans, New York

I choose Palmer Hayden’s painting Jeunesse, the date of this painting is unknown but it is part of Dr. Meredith F. Sirman’s Collection. I choose this painting because from what I saw if was different than any others of the Harlem Renassisance. I really liked how happy every one was, the couple in the middle is just dancing away it almost looks like there swing dancing and then if you look in the background all the couples are slow dancing. This painting is significant to the influence of African Americans because it represents jazz music, jazz music was a huge part of African American life in Harlem, considering it came from the influences of Africa.


Impressionism art came into play during the 1800’s, it was considered to be a form of rebellion against the established artistic standards of the Academie des Beaux-Arts. Impressionism art was different than any other style of art that had come before hand, impressionism artist didn’t focus on traditional subject matter such as history, religion, or classical antiquites, they focused on landscape and contemporary life, color, and light.

Impressionism art is unique. I wouldn’t say that it is my favorite style of art however I do enjoy it. I really enjoy how most of the paintings are based outdoors and artist would repaint the same images over and over because of the different lighting.   For example, Monet’s series paintings of The Houses of Parlaiment, in this series there are three different paintings all done at a different part of the day so you can see how the light effects each aspect of the building.


House of Parliment 1903,                                                                     House of Parliment Sun breaking
London                                                                                                     through the clouds, 1904, London

House of Parliment 1905 London

Unlike a lot of artist from previous era’s, Mary Cassatts paintings were of mother and child. Other eras had multiple paintings of women and children but now how Mary Cassatt was capable of capturing them. Cassatt was capable of showing the love and affection between a mother and her child.

Horse Chestnut 1895, Mary Cassatt          Jan Van Eyck The Madonna in the Church, 1438
impressionism                                                     The Renaissance

This is the best I could find of a woman and a child from both impressionism art and renaissance art. But as you can see in Mary Cassatt’s painting she shows the love and affection the mother gives to her child, you can tell that they are both happy and almost as if they don’t know this painting is being done. The mother is not posed and is from a lower class most likely middle. On the right you see The Madonna in the Church this painting was painted during the Renaissance by Jan Van Eyck. If you look at this painting you can tell the woman is obviously royalty but besides that the painting is rather dark and inside. The woman in this painting isn’t showing much love and affection toward the child, she’s posed and ready for the painter to begin.

So all in all I enjoy Impressionism art and how they focus on the light and color rather than the object in there painting. Along with that how they paint more middle class than royalty, you get to experience what the middle class did on any given day whether it was interacting with there children, walking around, or sitting at a table with a group of friends.

Luncheon of the Boating Party 1881 August Renoir

Classical Era : art and scientific discovery


Unlike most era’s the art of Classical era shifted from Rococo style to NeoClassical style. Rococo style dominated the era for about 10 years from 1775 to 1785.

Jean-Antoine Watteau, Two Studies of the Head and Shoulders of a Little Girl, 1716-17, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York.

Above is a painting done by Jean-Antoine Watteau, he was more known for being a Rococo artist. Watteau was credited for inventing the genre of fetes galantes. I choose this piece because it was different than anything else I’ve seen during this era. It’s almost looks like an unfinished piece of art, like he began the sketch but was never able to finish it.

Sir Isacc Newton was an important figure in the 1700,  he described the three laws of motion and the universal gravitation. Newtons first law of motion states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest and that an object in motion stays in motion, Newton’s second law states that an applied force on an object equals the rate of change of its momentum with time, Newtons third motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. These scientific discoveries are said to have dominated the scientific view of the physical universe.

Jacques-Louis David The Death of Socrates 1787 Metropolitan Museum of Art

As you can see in the painting above The Death of Socrates the figures are all wearing togas and look like they belong in Greece. This painting was made after the discovery of Pompeii. The archaeological discovery of the Pompeii and Herculaneum had a huge impact on the arts of the Classical era.  It is said that after this found is when NeoClassical style really came into play and Rococo style was no longer admired as much. The discovery of Pompeii gave artist a new imagination when it came to there paintings, literature, architecture, and just every day living. Artist painting now involved togas and Greek history and it is said that Pompeii’s buildings helped shape the architectural trend in the Classical era.

Baroque Era

pozzoignatiusceilingFra Andrea Pozzo, Glorification of Saint Ignatius 

I chose to analysis Fra Andrea Pozzo painting Glorification of Saint Ignatius. This painting is done on the ceiling in the nave of Sant’Ignazio, Rome, 1691-1694. Pozzo was a lay brother of the Jesuit order, which was formed after the Protestants Reformation by the Council of Trent. The Jesuit order was founded based on absolute Obedience by St. Ignatius of Loyola. So it’s a no wonder that Pozzo was the one to paint this beautiful piece of art.

 Pozzo painting is used to introduce the High Baroque style with it’s limitless space, energy, restless motions, dynamic mass, and blast open ceilings. The figures in this painting are rushing upwards towards the heavens. In particular you see Saint Ignatius being welcomed at the gates of heaven from Christ himself. 

I chose this painting mainly because it is an illusionist ceiling, how artist were able to paint these still amazes me. I liked how Pozzo made it look like everyone was doing something, like the painting is in constant motion. along with that he did and amazing job his use of color and how you would interpret going into heaven. Towards the bottom of the painting the figures are darker almost like they are unsure or the angels are keeping them away and as you get closer to the top everything gets lighter and you can finally see the entrance to Heaven with Christ standing there to great you.