Contrasting Berthe Morisot and Jan van Eyck

Jan van Eyck was an early 15th century Netherlandish painter, considered one of the greatest painters in his time. He is commonly known as the “father of oil painting,” due to his complete mastery of the medium. Berthe Morisot, was born in 1841, and is now held in such high regard as Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, and Claude Monet. She is well known form her many portraits portraying women in everyday lives. Man in a Red Turban, Jan van Eyck’s painting was created in 1433, while Morisot’s The Bath was painted in 1885.

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Intentism – The Resurrection of the Author

Since the 1920s, a certain view regarding meaning in art has dominated the Anglo-American universities and became almost dogma. This viewpoint insists that works of art should primarily be understood by how minds receive them rather than by the psychology that created them. Such an understanding of meaning in art essentially relegates the artist to just another interpreter of his or her own artwork. For this reason Roland Barthes famously proclaimed ‘the death of the author’.

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Apollo ‘s Enchantment

Apollo ‘s Enchantment is an oil based on canvas, That is 43 3/4 x 56 in wide with a wooden frame around the paining. It is a circle of mythology Greek gods around one their our.

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Comparison of “Twittering Machine” and “Antenna with Red and Blue Dots”

The two artworks I choose are “Twittering Machine” by Paul Klee and “Antenna with Red and Blue Dots” by Alexander Calder. “Twittering Machine” was created in 1922. This work is an adaptation of a previous piece entitled “Concert on the Twig”. A year later, Klee created “Twittering Machine” which placed the same scene into a mechanical and machine driven environment. Instead of the four birds singing their songs on a twig or branch, they are placed on a machine. This piece draws most influence from the futurist movement. Futurism was influenced by the onset of industry and the effect of machines on our society. Steam was the dominant technology during the era this piece was created. I find that this jives with machine influence in this piece. The crank mimics the pistons of a steam engine.

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Indian Art Work: “Harpoon”

This paper is a study to further research “Harpoon” C: 1500-1200 BC, Indian, bronze, approximately 12”x 4”, currently shown at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The study will cover the classification of this type of art as a whole, the technique in which it was created, the artists who created this type of art, its mythology, who used it, and compare it to other works made during the time of its creation

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The Great Sphinx of the Giza Plateau

On the Giza plateau stands the one and only great sphinx. The Sphinx was carved from the bedrock of the Giza plateau, the Sphinx is a mysterious marvel from the days of ancient Egypt. With the body of a lion and the head of a king or god, the sphinx has come to symbolize strength and wisdom.

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Ancient Egyptian Art: Osiris Statue

This paper will discuss how the New Kingdom Egyptian statuette “Osiris” typifies traditional Egyptian funerary art, specifically statuary. The first aspect discussed will be the materials typically used in Egyptian funerary statuary, and why those materials were used. Secondly, a look will be taken at the specific pose the statuette takes, and how that specific pose relates to other funerary statuary. Finally, the god Osiris himself and why he was such a popular choice for pharonic funerary statuary will be discussed

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Mae West and 1930’s censorship

Nowadays, we probably take for granted that the majority of films created in Hollywood have no moral or content boundaries whatsoeverAlthough today the boundaries might seem a little blurred, it was not always like this. The censorship process in Hollywood films (as well as in many other media) is a process that has grown and fluctuated along with American society. Behind many of these films there have been struggles, debates, and confrontations of ideas to have power over what could be shown. Films have always been a main target for censorship, primarily because movies are a major audiovisual form of entertainment and mass communication with a tremendous power over the public.

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Gladioli by Monet

Painted circa 1876, by Claude Monet, Gladioli is an oil on canvas and it is currently covered with protective glass. The painting’s dimensions are 22 x 32.5 inches and is surrounded by a ten inch thick ornate gold frame making the entire work measure a substantial 30 x 20 x 3 7/8 inches. The painting depicts a women in blue, strolling along a path, in a formal garden, shaded by a green parasol. Pink, red and purple gladiolas, in full bloom, are in the right foreground. They are bordered by a low growing, coral colored flowers and small shrubs line the path. White moths fly amongst the flowers, and the angular dark shadow of a nearby building, that is just outside of the painting, lies in the left foreground. Behind the women in blue there are red roses growing up a lattice and a picket fence or gate is located just behind the gladiolas in the background. The path is interrupted by the square shadow of a nearby building, perhaps a gardening shed or the artist’s workshop.

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