Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Is this Art?

Please elaborate with a positive or negative response and accompanying argument. for or against.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Henry Matisse

This painting, called Woman with a Hat by Henry Matisse caught my eye mainly because of the color scheme he uses. He took a simple image of a woman wearing a hat and was able to recreate it by using a variety of unique colors. The contrast in the combination of warm and cool colors makes this painting really special

Thursday, February 23, 2017

POLINESIA, THE SKY by Henri Matisse

          This is one of Henri Matisse's later work that he started doing with cut outs created in 1947. His cut outs really reflect the beginnings of modern art and its really interesting to see the transition from Dutch painting style to what we call modern art today.

Henry Matisse

Henry Matisse was an artist during the first half of the twentieth century, who is mainly credited for his work in Fauvism, a movement prior to Cubism. He was even called a leader of this movement by his peers. Many of his work was known for his use of bright, vibrant colors, and also his development of a very free style of painting.

Henri Martissei

Henri Martissei was a french painter most known for colors. This picture here shows his style the best all the colors and very noticeable,bright and lively.

Henri Matisse

Les toits de Collioure was a painting done by Henri Matisse in 1905. The medium is oil on canvas. This Painting really shows the qualities of fauvism. The bold colors really create a detailed image out of small brush strokes. The painting personally impresses me because it seems simple on the outside, however the large amount of hidden detail is extremely impressive. 

Henri Matisse was a French painter, who was labeled as a (Fauve), which means "wild beast" due to his paintings were expressed with intense emotion and wild color use. This painting is called Luxe, Calme et Volupté, and was painted in 1904. This piece shows the use of Matisse's use of brilliant color and brush strokes.

Henry Matisse-Tyler Lee

Henry Matisse (1869-1954) is considered one of the most influential
figures of modern art. He is considered the greatest colorist of the twentieth century and his most known works are in Fauvism, an influential art movement of where he was the leading figure. Fauvism works emphasize painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism.

Henri Matisse Landscape

I really like this painting because it seemed very serene to me and I like the way Matisse made his trees. Drawing trees has always been one of my favorite things to do to calm and relax me, so this painting really attracted me.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse was known as an artist in the Fauvism period and the Fauves were also considered "wild beasts" which is why I chose his painting, "La Danza" because I feel it does portray this period with the men in this painting.  Plus, they look like wild beasts being naked.  Also, I liked how Matisse used bold colors in this portrait.  I feel the emotion is really being captured and that a story is being told in this painting aside from the colors and representation of this art era.

Madame Matisse 1913

I genuinely love this piece of artwork because this was one of the many that stood out to me. I enjoyed looking through his work because, as we saw with Fauvism, it was a different piece of art. It's radicalism allows it stand out, the goal was to separate color from its representational purpose and allowing it to act as an independent element on canvas. The different colors brings your attention and focus to the artwork because it is so sharp and saturated. 

I picked this photo by Matisse because the striking colors caught my eyes. How he blended and made every color fit together is very beautiful. This art work is so vibrant and full of life. The woman in the picture is his wife. Maybe the vibrant colors describes their relationship or the feelings that he had for her. Also the strokes of the painting are very large and have no real order so this could also be a representation of their love.

Woman with a Hat by Henri Matisse

This painting by Matisse is unusual, he used a numerous amount of colors. He uses bold colors. The colors are vivid and very expressive. I feel like these colors expressed some certain types of emotions. Also the brush strokes are very loose and makes the painting looked unfinished. The woman, who was Amelia, Matisse's wife is wearing traditional French clothing.

Woman In a Purple Coat - Matisse

Henri Matisse was a French artist known as the first modern artist, as well as one of the few artists that played a key role in the Fauve movement. This painting depicts Matisse’s assistant and is an example of Matisse’s decorative style. I really liked this art piece because of all the color. The range of colors helps make the overall painting pop and is very appealing to the eye. The purple coat is easily the central figure to the painting but the abstract art surrounding this focus help navigate your eye around the entire piece. I also liked that it looked like the woman was painted in a simple manner but there is also a lot of minor details that contribute to her figure. The abstract design as well as exotic and bright colors helps bring out the true qualities of the painting rather than the realistic values that were previously emphasized by the Impressionist movement.

Matisse- The Woman in the Hat

I would like to point out that Fauvism is one of my favorite art movements thus far. I chose this piece because of its vibrancy. It is colorful and beautiful. This painting seems to be lifelike through its colors. I also like the fact that its not too clean and smooth. I like the rough edgy look of the piece and the fact that he uses such variety of colors. In my research it say that he was heavily influenced by African culture and this is very evident. In the African culture their dress and clothing are often vibrant color of different shapes and that was my first impression on this piece. Her hat is also very prominent and almost look like the way African women would wrap their heads.

Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse emerged as a post-impressionist and was regarded as a rival to Pablo Picasso. Still life and nude was some of his favorites to create. His creation of human figures is important in Fauvist because he felt it was neglected in Impressionism. He used this figures to represent his own feelings and moods. Matisse used pure colors and the white of exposed canvas to create a light-filled atmosphere. The Roofs of Collioure was done in Matisse's early Fauvist period. He traveled to southern France for his inspiration. It shows how he used his vivid colors and the white of the canvas to create his artworks.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Goldfish - Matisse

On of the many aspects I like about Goldfish was Matisse’s use of bright and vibrant colors.  The colors he chose for this piece complement one another well making it even more enjoyable to look at.   I like the fact that he took a simple idea and created a work of art.  As the leader of fauvism, Matisse’s use of intense color communicated his emotional state.

Goldfish- Henri Matisse

Fauvism, also known as "wild beasts" was a movement led by Henri Matisse. Many other French painters who shared common interests with Matisse focused on emphasizing color to communicate how the artist was feeling. Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gough, and Georges Suerat were major influences of fauvism. The bright colors really caught my eye in this oil and canvas, Goldfish. Matisse used complimentary colors next to each other to make the oil and canvas appear even brighter. I also liked it because of the reflection of the goldfish that can be seen in the glass, making it very realistic.

Henri Matisse

Fauvism was initially inspired by the examples of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, and Paul Cézanne. The Fauves sometimes called "wild beasts" were a group of French painters with shared interests. They admired the older artist's emphasis on personal expression. Matisse emerged as the leader of the group, he used intense color as a vehicle for describing light and space, and who redefined pure color and form as means of communicating the artist's emotional state.
I liked The Dance by Matisse because of his use of bold colors and he used drew interesting details about each person. For example it looks like one of the dances is either pregnant or has a really round, fat belly.

Portrait of Madame Matisse Green Stripe

Matisse was the founder of the Fauves.  Research and write about this Modern Art Movement and post a painting by Henri Matisse.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Paul Cézanne

Cézanne is said to be the father of modern art or "Father of us all" Comments both made by Picasso and Matisse. It is said that he formed the bridge between Impressionism and Cubism. A lot of his work was rejected numerous times but yet was considered master. He created many paintings in his lie and is also in the top five for highest paintings every sold, after his painting "The Card Player" sold for $276+ million dollars in April 2011. All these things show that he deserves to be called the father of modern art.


Cesanne received little recognition in his lifetime but later artists praise him as the father of modern art. Matisse called him the father of us all. Picasso called him a mother who protects her childen. In addition, the art world as a whole has recognized him and embraced, praised his work. His Card Player Series holds the record for the highest selling price of a painting at $274 million. BUt his abilities are not limited to just still life subjects. Cesanne painted portraits, landscapes, and all other subjects. These reasons all make up why Cesanne is deemed the father of modern art.

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne is considered to be the “Father of Modern Art” because he was the first artist of his era to break away from impressionism. The paining that I chose shows a good example of small brush strokes and an emphasis on light. This one stood out to me the most out of all the others because I found it strange yet cool to find the skull in the middle of some pears and apples. This showed me his vivid imagination. I like that the fruit had more than one color, which made them pop to the eye. 


Cezanne really loved this fishing village of L’Estaque. Cezanne painted about twenty different views of L'Estaque, some of them facing toward or across the gulf of Marseilles. I really like the mountain next to the ocean because of the different shades of blue along with the sky. I also like how he really made some of the brush strokes really defined while others were more blended in. 

Paul cezanne two men playing cards

Paul Cezanne is considered the Father of Modern Art thanks to his ability to innovate and his original style. With that being said,  the Card Players by Paul Cezanne is one of my favorite paintings. The rich contrast of the colors is kept in balance by the sharply painted image of the two men playing cards.This painting really stands out and shows off just how skilled of an artist he was.

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne is normally called the father of modern art. He was a huge influence on many big names in that era and this picture shows how. Instead of painting churches,cathedrals or anything of that nature, here Paul just paints the simple beauty of fruit on a table. This really represents the more simple nature of modern art.

Paul Cezanne

"Table, Napkin, Fruit" by Paul Cezanne is a perfect example of why he is considered by many the father of modern art. Cezanne is said to have formed the gap between late 19th century impressionism, and early 20th century art. He was regarded by both Picasso and Matisse as a father of art. I personally enjoy this composition for the texture that was put into it. The fruit has so much depth and really comes alive against the white contrast of the cloth

Boy in a Red Vest - Cezanne

Paul Cezanne is considered to be the “Father of Modern Art” because in the late 19th century, he was the first known artist of his generation to deliberately and successfully break away from impressionism. It can be said that he had the ability to form the bridge between the late 19th century impressionism and the early 20th century’s newest trend of cubism. The painting above is named “The Boy in the Red Vest”, and it is a significant example of Cezanne’s skills and innovative work. The colors of the painting are rich, dense and there is a sense of balance, repeating colors in several areas throughout the canvas. Furthermore, Cezanne’s form resembles a number of angles (in both the shape of the background figures and the shape of the boy) that help create a complex and optically interesting structure - and ultimately, helping to direct the viewer’s eye around the overall painting.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Paul Cezanne is said to be the father of modern art because he did not follow the crowd. It is said he bridged a gap between the 19th century and 20th century. I chose this photo because it was striking to me. It is one of four. This art work is called The four seasons- spring. There is a piece of art for each season. The color of her dress is what first caught my eye. I actually thought the vine of flowers she is holding was a part of of her dress but its not she is just holding it up to her. The colors of this art work are very beautiful.  Out of all four art works, spring had the most vibrant colors. The color of her dress is a solid and bold which is different which is why is stood out 

Paul Cezanne: The Father of Modern Art

Paul Cezanne was considered the Father of Modern Art because of his innovative approach to art. With his new style, he inspired the generations immediately after him. Cezanne is said to have created the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic inquiry, Cubism. With this new radical approach to art, we see something different, yet visually pleasing to the eyes. It looks complex because the Cezanne plays with the idea of both pictures, but manages to merge the model with the environment, by blurring the distinctions between the background and foreground.

Paul Cézanne has been said to be the "father of modern art" due to straying away from impressionism. Cézanne was able to successfully take foundations of impressionism being ,solid shapes and bold figures, and add new bright colors into his paintings, some of which do not even belong or make sense. This laid the foundation to what is known as modern art. Cezanne's technique can been seen in one of his more famous paintings called The Bathers, 1898 - 1905 which was perceived to be the piece that would pave the way for modern art.

Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne is often called the father of modern art due to his successful breakaway from impressionism while being the first in his generation to do so. Famously known for balancing the aspects of impressionist and classic artwork he is best known for his still life work. His artwork was the framework for abstract art of the 20th century influencing many artist such as Picasso.
Gardanne, Southern France


Paul Cezanne was coined the Father of Modern Art because of the way he took the ideas of impressionist artistry and found a way to make it better. He himself wasn't fond of the messiness of Impressionism, but instead of regressing, he simply started painting pieces that are now called Post-impressionists. Unfortunately, his work wasn't appreciated until much later on, but he has come to be named the Father of Modern Art for them.

Paul Cezanne: The Father of Modern Art

Paul Cezanne was known as "The Father of Modern Art" because he was the first artist in the 19th century to break away from Impressionism and became a forerunner to the Cubism of Picasso leading his work to became a catalyst for abstract art in the 20th century.  Cezanne wanted to do his own thing and did not want to paint like the Impressionists.  He painted in every genre and found a balance between Impressionist painting and classically structured work of creating solidly anchored shapes and figures while using bold and lifelike colors at the same time.  With some of his work, he created a sense of immediacy by using vibrant colors.  Also, he was best remembered for painting landscapes, portraiture, and still life work.

Paul Cezanne: PostImpressionist-Cubism

Paul Cezanne like many people who are considered to be the father of a certain craft broke away from the traditional pack. He was not afraid to be different than the impressionist of his time. His post impressionist works made him distinct and appreciated by many, even Picasso. He was considered to be the foundation of bridging the gap between impressionism and cubism. I chose this painting because he did a series of skull painting for a very short period of time. This painting is considered to be is one of his more interesting works. He is said to have never placed his elements this close in any painting. This was true and can be observe in his other still life projects. This painting is also in the face of its viewers in a confrontational way which is also not usual for his work except his self portraits.

Father of Modern Art

Paul Cézanne is considered the father of modern art because he  was the first artist of his generation to successfully break away from Impressionism.  Cézanne was a forerunner to the Cubism of Picasso of and his work became a catalyst for the abstract art of the 20th century. At first Cezanne didn't want to paint like other Impressionists, he thought their work was too chaotic and loose for him, but he also didn't like to paint classically structured work. He decided on painting solid shapes and figures while using bold, lifelike colors of the Impressionists. He was most successful in painting landscapes, portraits and still life work. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

Starry Night is one of Van Gogh's most famous painting. This is one of my favorite paintings by him because he gives the night a surreal look with whirls in the clouds, stars and a crescent moon. He gives the sky a unique and unusual look. He shows light in the dark with all the stars and moon, also in the houses below. I like his use of the colors yellow, blue and green.

The Father of Modern Art

Paul Cezanne, “The Father of Modern Art”, became the first artist of his generation to break free from Impressionism.  Cezanne did not want to paint like former Impressionists nor liked the idea of painting classically structured work so he came to a common ground.  Cezanne incorporated shapes and figures while using bold, vivid colors like much of what Impressionists used.  He became successful in every genre, and was best known for his still life work. Cezanne became a leader of his time and created a whole new outlook on modern art.  He escaped traditionalism and created original pieces.

Paul Cezanne- Father of Modern Art

Paul Cezanne was considered the Father of Modern Art because he was the first artist to break away from Impressionism. Many artists followed his influence of an innovative vision. He added vivid colors, which became dominant elements of his compositions. Cezanne sought out to reveal something other than reality. I admire his individuality, creativeness, and refusal to conform to his impressionist colleagues.

starry night

Starry night was my favorite even though it was such an original piece to choose i just really enjoy the sky and how he choose to mix the blue and yellows/ orange togethers. And looking into the background I liked how he incorporated all of the little homes and buildings.

Vincent Van Gogh

I chose the Starry Night because it is definitely the most popular painting that Van Gogh has and I remember seeing this painting in all of my painting classes from elementary school up until college. I've always liked this painting because of its colors and the flow of the paintbrush on the paper. It's as if he was trying to show you the direction in which the wind was going with how he painted this.

The Night Café by Vincent Van Gogh

This painting is called The Night Café by Vincent Van Gogh. I chose this photo because of its vague yet detailed atmosphere. Though its hard to identify the people you can see a great amount of detail in the picture from the filled glasses to the precise time on the clock. I also like how he included a brief glimpse of the backroom because it gives a sense of depth to the painting. Also the use of warm colors to show the light coming off the hanging lights.


I love the colors used in this painting. The blue/purple in contrast with the green are bright but somehow still subtle. Also, the way the stems bend with the wind is so exact but not symmetrical which shows the true nature of the flowers that could only be captured by being out in the fields observing them.

Cafe Terrace at Night

Cafe Terrace at night is truly an awesome composition. The use of shape in this 1888 oil painting by Van Gogh is amazing and contributes greatly to the overall design. It really represents a french street very well. There is immense detail put into the buildings but it is so subtle that the composition comes together very nicely. This painting is currently in the Netherlands.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Van Gough Starry Night

One of the most well known pieces of art and for a good reason. Van Gough was a very isolated,lonley and disturbed person and this painting greatly shows  it. The structure on the left shows it the most as it's this dark omnious figure in a sky full of bright stars and his extremely far from the village featured in the right

Vincent Van Gough

I chose this print because after researching what was behind it I found that Vincent Van Gough had been forced to work indoors while painting this because the wind was too bad outside, I found it interesting that he painted something so bright while being stuck inside, in what seemed to be, against his will. I also found that around the time he painted this he was becoming more and more good at what he was doing and it was described as "a token of the dangerous velocity at which he was moving at that point." I love the painting and I found more of a liking in it knowing now that it was one of his first more famous works.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Paul Gauguin: Merahi metua no Tehamana

What I found most interesting about this painting was the history behind it. Teha'amana Paul Gaugin's wife during his first visit to Tahiti in 1891. This painting was special because even though the artist was trying to escape the European lifestyle, it was to his dismay when he arrived in Tahiti and found that it was not the "primitive," culture he was expecting. In this painting this is demonstrated by him highlighting the dress she is wearing which is usually imposed on native women by European missionaries. To the artist this was a shock that Tahiti was not the the place he thought it was. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

3rd blog

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh captured my eye because no matter how many times I see this piece of art hanging up, I am still interested to learn more about it.  I was very interested in the colors Van Gogh used in this piece of art. I was astounded by how beautiful art can be with only two different colors. The variety of shades of blues and yellows Van Gogh used provide me with  a sense of comfort when I look at his painting. In addition, the colored spirals and flowing lines throughout this piece of art provides a sense of relief. This amazing piece of  work embodies Van Gogh's unique style and expression.
Image result for vincent van gogh painting

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Starry Night Over the Rhone by Vincent Van Gogh captured my eye because it was a familiar painting that I have seen numerous times and was interested in learning more about.  I find it interesting that Van Gogh used only different shades of yellow and blue to complete his work.  I like how the couple depicted at the bottom ties the work to together to create a more romantic scene.