Museums are the most enjoyable and exciting places to visit because they are full of extensive artistic works that attract millions of people. The museum websites that I visited include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphian Museum of Art and The Louvre. Metropolitan
Museum of Art (Met) which is the largest art museum in the United States of America is located in New York City where we were able to see a lot of exemplary artwork. In the websites, there are a lot of exemplary artwork by renowned artists that ranges from ancient to the modern
culture. This paper will discuss three artwork from the visited websites. Most of the artistic work were informative and inspiring in that they encourage young artists towards producing extraordinary artworks.
Georges Seurat, Sunday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte, 1884. In figure 1, Georges Seurat portrayed people who are relaxing which is one of his largest and best-known painting. The location that is being depicted in the artwork is a residential park on an island that is found in La Grande Jatte, which is the Seine River.
Georges Seurat began working on this artwork by painting it in different campaigns where he started with a layer of horizontal brushstrokes that are small enough with complementary colors at the beginning of 1884. In his progress towards completing the painting, the artist added small dots on the artwork that looked like luminous and solid forms when viewed from far while maintaining the complementary colors.
It is reported that the final changes that Seurat made to the artwork “Sunday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte, 1884” was done in 1889.
The artwork presents Seurat’s techniques that are quite scientific and systematic that were later referred to as Pointillism and could be
differentiated from other artwork from different artists that were utilized the more intuitive approach to painting where this approach was utilized by impressionists. It is also evident that Georges Seurat implemented modern life as the subject of this artwork which is a preference for artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet. However, he went further past was the concen of these artists and captured the nature’s quality of light in an instantaneous and accidental manner.
In his artwork, Georges Seurat tried to conjure permanence through recalling the art of the past which is evident in the artwork “Sunday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte, 1884.” Specifically, the art of the past Georges Seurat decided to recall include the Italian Renaissance frescoes as well as the Greek sculpture. There are some critics who found his work more of a lesser nod in regards to the earlier art history rather than an interpretation of the manner in which the moderm Parisian society was artificial as well as posturing. It is same as the explanation he gave to the French poet Gustave Kahn, that is, “The Panathenaeans of Phidias formed a procession. I want to make modern people, in their essential traits, move about as they do on those friezes, and place them on canvases organized by harmonies of color.”
The artwork is done on a stretched canvas which provides the opportunity for the addition of painted borders in the colors of orange red and blue dots. These, dotted border line enables the audience to see the visual transition between the interior of the painting and the white frame that the artist has specially designed. In the artwork “Sunday Afternoon on the Island La Grande Jatte, 1884,” Georges Seurat utilized colors in patches to lure the eye of its audience towards blending them and the create luminance and shape. The painting depicts a setup for middle-class people who are enjoying themselves on an island. Regardless of the recreation that is going in the painting, it seems to belong to more to Hades than to a Sunday. The picture present the nature of the common moden life in which people have embraced.
Thomas Eakins, The Gross Clinic, 1875.
The painting in figure 2 depicts a clinic setup where doctors and supporting staff are performing surgery on a patient. That is, it presents Dr. Gross and the clinic staff performing surgery on a young man whereas an individual who seem to be the mother of the patient cringes
closely. Samuel Gross is painted turning away from the patient to speak to the audience who are his students in the surgical amphitheater. The viewpoint of the artist of the painting in figure 1 prompts the audience of the artwork to assume the role of one of the students of Gross which is observing the surgery operation while it is being performed.
From the painting Gross’s face is distinctively seen where it is caught by light while pausing to explain the specifics of the procedure that surrounds him in the amphitheater. The painting does not freeze the instant quite a lot as expand in infinitely. That is, grand and massive stillness is depicted where one can astonishingly contemplate the dignified and dominating figure of the surgeon who is dressed in black apart from the appalling red blood that is shining on his right hand while he holds a palette knife like a pen or rather the scalpel. The content of the painting has been considered by most shocking. However, it is a powerful and life-like picture that should be carried an important message to its audience.
Figure 2 can be considered as one of the most horrible powerful, fascinating yet horrible artwork that has ever been painted at any point in the century. That is, the painting exhibits Dr. Gross’s area of expertise to his students who are the removal of the dead tissues from the
thighbone of patients who are suffering from a disease such as osteomyelitis. The painting is informative as it depicts Gross as he inspires his students to become medical practitioners in their relevant fields. For instance, the procedure that is being performed in the painting is a
demonstration of the current revolution in the field of medicine in regards to the treatment of the disease that the patient in the painting suffers from where it is opened by the new comprehension of the ability of the body to heal itself.
The horrifying nature of the painting is seen from the blood in the hand of Dr. Gross and his colleagues which might be appealing to every audience. The process itself involves medical surgery procedure that may create dreadful thoughts in the minds of its audience. It is evident
from the fact that the painting was rejected by the Art Selection Committee of the Art Department of the Exhibition prompting the artist to find a place in the building of the United States Hospital for his painting. Because it was said to have sickened them. However, the
painting is of high quality and deserves to be put in the exhibition for people to see the exemplary work of artists.
In figure 3, the painting depicts the life of Christ which was painted for the Franciscan convent. The painting masterly depicts the stable as well as cautiously articulate space while the figure is presented in the manner of columnar solidity. The artwork expresses the deep human terms of the biblical account by the impulsive action of the king who is shown to pick the child while kneeling as well as the impression of concern that the mother Mary shows. Vividly, the painting depicts a Christmas story that is purposed reflecting and bring its audience deeply into the narratives of their lives as well as the challenges and good times that they encounter in their lives or joumeys. It shows that in any situation we find ourselves in life, God is always on our side and keeps us safe.
The artists take us back to biblical accounts of the newborn baby king wherein the painting Magi follows the star to find him and present his gifts. The artwork present only a few visitors of the newborn king as the representatives of the individuals outside the traditions of
Jewish religion who learned about the birth of this Christ via nature and stars. The setup of the painting is a clear depiction of the actual biblical story where Jesus Christ was born in a cowshed and three wise men from the East came bearing gifts for the newborn king.
The setup also presents the ups and downs that we experience in our journeys in life. The presence of Magi and the celebrating angels presents the joy that we encounter in our life despite the challenges that we face. For instance, the birth of the newborn king seem to have been a humble one in regards to the cowshed setup, but very distinct people from the east came with gifts and angels celebrated with songs exalting him. The Christmas story in which the painting depicts informs its audience that they are in safe hands. That is, God is always with us in all our endeavors regardless of disconcerting and dark journeys of our lives.
The visit to the museum websites was an interesting experience where there are a lot ofartwork to be viewed in the collections of each museum. Personally, I had a great experience since I had the opportunity to see numerous artistic works by famous artists where their works
are quite inspiring. Enjoyed the assignment as it provided me with the opportunity for gauging myself in relation to the artistic works in the museumsI visited. I learnt that most artworks are depictions of the real world experience that affects each and every aspect of our life. Artists paint what people go through in their daily life to ensure that they portray a better image of the culture and tradition in which the painting is intended as well as ensuring that it remains informative and inspiring as possible. The painting I viewed in the collections of the museum are outstanding and have change my personal view on art and feel inspired towards becoming a better artist.