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Salvador Dali - Surrealism

The artists of the Surrealist movement researched and studied the works of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, determined to explore ways in which to express their art through the world of dreams and the unconscious. Some expressed their art in the abstract tradition, others, in the symbolic tradition. Although, surrealism and certain forms of abstract art share similar origins, they diverge on interpretation of what those origins mean to the aesthetic of art (History pg). The accumulation of knowledge is the root, the basis, to push beyond the frontiers into the unknown. Dali was one artist whose approach to art during the Twentieth Century used that accumulated knowledge, built upon it and mastered it (History pg).

Dali explored all the science of painting and used this as a way to study the psyche through subconscious images. He named this process the 'paranoiac critical method.' This process allowed….

Both men had significant events in their lives which made them change their art style almost 180 degrees from work that was similar to others to work that is most definitely their own. There has not yet been enough time passed to tell who will have the greater heritage. One would think that Warhol would be the less likely to be remembered as a true artist, simply because he turned out his art in a factory like atmosphere and kept a strict eye on the bottom line. One may believe that Close is the true artist because he has suffered more, both physically and mentally, but there are some art critics who compare his style of square grid art composition to a "grotesque paint by numbers." While Warhol is definitely the more famous of the two, this may be because so much of his career was spent in promoting….

Visual Arts of Africa and
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He admonishes contemporary African-Americans to look into the teachings and culture of the ancient Egyptians for inspiration.
Carruthers goes into "The Instructions of Ptahhotep" which contained maxims to instruct in the correct values, modes of behavior and attitudes appropriate to those who would become civil servants from Prime Minister on down. The pharaohs, he speculates, received this teaching alongside children from all walks of life to instruct them on how to deal with all of the people they were to rule over. Even though the Pharoah was expected to be born wise, he also becomes wise through resources, advisors and by studying the records from the past. They were taught to be a good official and what was expected of them as such. The qualities of wisdom and knowledge about their country and the people in it was stressed, while being taught to listen and learn from everyone, even the….

These elements comprised clear organization as well as an avoidance of excessive detail. Raphael distinguished himself by an expansive style in his paintings, which the audience experiences as a homogeneous, easily viewed whole. ubjects for which this artist was commissioned include the theological Disputa, the chool of Athens and Aristotle and Plato. An interesting element of Raphael's and other paintings is that he included both himself and his contemporaries to represent the figures in his works.
andro Boticelli was a Florentine painter who predated the High Renaissance at the peak of his career before the turn of the 16th century. His style was individual and graceful, led by the rhythmic elements of outline. Before Raphael, he was the best loved painter of his time. ome of this artist's most notable paintings include the Adoration of the Magi, the Birth of Venus, and t. Augustine in his tudy. Boticelli's talent extended….


Artists often possess an uncanny ability to analyze and manipulate these experiences into an expression that speaks to the masses of the human condition, and they are usually quite possessed of their experiences until they can no longer handle the haunting images and they use their medium to express their emotions over the situation. The art of creating itself often serves as catharsis for the artist himself, and ends in a piece that communicates both a uniquely powerful experience, and one that the audience can relate to and understand. Ultimately a war affects everyone in the community of the concerned parties, and as such it will touch and inspire artists of every medium, which results in certain movements and common themes being woven throughout the poetry, fiction, screenplays, paintings, symphonies, etc., of the time.

Great art is also very much inspired by ideas as well as events. Many artists truly thrive….

Rather, changing scales and exotic tones that intends to create mood or atmosphere characterizes impressionism in music. W.W. Norton online lists the following characteristics.
A parallel chord movement and some stacked (ninth) chords.

A non-Western influences, including new scales (whole tone, pentatonic).

A interest in instrumental color.

A floating rhythms and meters.

Debussy and Ravel were the two famous impressionism composers. Debussy already demonstrated unusual harmonies while he was a child studying at Paris Conservatory. One of Debussy's famous impressionist music is the Pelleas and Melisande. Ravel, on the other hand, was another French impressionist in music like Debussy. He was inspired by the impressionist painters. Among his greatest works were Jeux d'eau, Pavane pour une infante defunte, and Gaspard de le nuit (Geocities Online).

As with the impact of impressionism in arts, impressionism in music changed the traditional music of the romantic era which was characterized by the dramatic use of scales. It was….

Abstract Expressionist Painting
Artistic and Aesthetic Value in American Modernist Art during the Cold War Era

Defining American Expressionism

American modernism is perhaps one of the most difficult artistic periods to define. Modernism refers to a trend that affirms the power of human beings to create, shape, and make improvements to their environment. Modernism is aided by technological advances and is considered both progressive and optimistic in its approach to defining society. American modernism is considered both an artistic and a cultural movement. It has its beginnings at the turn of the 20th century, reached its height during the World War I and World War II and continues even today[footnoteef:1]. [1: Lavin, Irving. "Abstraction in Modern Painting: A Comparison." Metropolitan Museum ]

Defining American modernism is only the first of many difficult tasks involved in the study of American expressionist painting and its influence on society. During the 1950s American modernism took on new….

Robert Rauschenberg, premier American visual artist, saw things differently than the ordinary human being. For Rauschenberg, mundane matter can be magically transformed onto canvas to convey something entirely different than it was intended for. Rauschenberg's works include elements of everyday life from street signs to magazine clippings. A Rauschenberg canvas begs the viewer to see things as Rauschenberg does: with humor, insight, and creativity.
Born in 1925 in Texas, Rauschenberg studied art formally in the United States and in Paris. However, his initial inspiration to become an artist arrived under unusual circumstances: while he was stationed on a naval base in San Diego, Rauschenberg visited the Huntington Library collection, which sparked a lifelong passion. Rauschenberg worked as an illustrator and window designer and rubbed elbows with other contemporary visual artists. Rauschenberg also associated with performance artists, musicians, and choreographers and was able to contribute to the American creative scene. Throughout his….

Liturgical Use of Visual Arts and Paganism
Christian art's rich history goes as far back as the 3rd century A.D. Ever since the first paintings were done on catacomb walls, Christians have endeavored to use visible means for expressing the invisible Almighty. Despite Christianity's origins lying in Judaism, which forbids such imagery, the Incarnation concept made it essential to image God's human face in Jesus. he intent was never portraiture. However, an image capable of opening the soul, mind, and heart in a manner that livened up an understanding and faith was critical for several centuries. hrough it, the Church successfully established itself as a major "patron of the arts." he previous pope, Pope Benedict XVI (formerly, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) draws on Christian iconography's richness; since the tradition, he is in deep appreciation of demonstrates that the Gospels are preached via both spoken words and imagery. Artists of every era….

Students will be able to analyze and critique Baroque style painting by looking at five Baroque style masters. They will learn the different methods of Baroque style painting -- the use of impasto (thick paint), sprezzato (rapid strokes), chiaroscuro (the use of light and shadow), and dynamism (the sense of motion). This information will allows students to better understand how the Baroque manner took shape and it will also underscore the meaning to these methods and how it differentiated painters from the Renaissance style of painting.
At the end of the three lesson plans, students will be able to identify and develop the techniques of Baroque artist. This will support the students' ability to create, present and respond to visual art by teaching them the tools of the artist. Thus, will be able to recognize styles of brushstroke and how eras like the Baroque have incorporated these strokes into the….

Art of classical antiquity, in the ancient cultures of Greece and ome, has been much revered, admired, and imitated. In fact, the arts of ancient Greece and ome can be considered the first self-conscious and cohesive art movements in Europe. Style, form, execution, and media were standardized and honed to the point where aesthetic ideals were created and sustained over time. The art of classical antiquity in Greece and ome reverberated throughout history, impacting the art of subsequent eras in Europe. In fact, there can be no absolute "neoclassical" era in art history because of the way neoclassicism evolved throughout the centuries since the fall of the oman Empire. The arts of the enaissance borrowed heavily from classical antiquity, as can be seen in enaissance icons such as Michelangelo's David. Some suggest that medieval art pays homage to classical antiquity, even if the quotations from classical Greek and ome are….

Art and the Humanities
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Visual Imagery and Qualitative Dimensions of Life & Consciousness in Visual Art
Throughout history all cultures have produced works of art. The impulse to create as a means of personal expression and to stimulate the imagination of viewers is universal and perpetual. In their various manifestations, the arts play an important role in defining culture by presenting intelligent viewpoints of our present state of being, and by serving as a record of our past. The visual arts are a repository of those qualitative dimensions of life, which enhance our consciousness through the use of visual imagery.

The most exquisite expression of the self is through art, be it literature, history theatre, painting, sculptor and so on. From the wondrous Egyptian pyramids to the majestic statue of liberty, from eloquent Greek writer Homer - who produced masterpieces like the Odyssey - to 20th century literati like Palestinian journalist Edward Said - who so….

Art
Futurism brashly and boldly embraced new technology, celebrating even the bellicose. In Marinetti's "Manifesto of Futurism," he states, "We will glorify war -- the world's only hygiene -- militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for, and scorn for women," (p. 148). This peculiar statement reveals the nature of futurism as it was manifest at early twentieth century. Futurism was all embracing, rejecting nothing based on immorality because futurism shunned morality. For this reason, Futurism emerged as a staunchly progressive and open-minded genre in the visual arts. The movement not just embraced new technology but celebrated it. Even the uglier side of technology, such as heavy industries and the pollution they create, was something futurists admired and incorporated into their visual art schema. Within the futurist framework, it is certainly possible to imagine works of art that represent something genuinely new.

One reason it is possible to….

Art and Architecture
Architecture and Art

In a recent visit to Chicago, I observed the Chicago Picasso which was a gift to the city by the famed artist Pablo Picasso. Located in the downtown Chicago loop, the monument stands 58 feet tall, weighs 162 tons and is constructed of Cor-Ten (corrosive tensile) steel. Pablo Picasso gave this massive work of art to the city of Chicago, even though he'd never been to the city, and never went during his lifetime. The unpaid work was based on a 42-inch-tall version Pablo crafted. It was later executed by U.S. Steel Corporation ("Chicago Sculptures," 2011).

It is reported that Pablo Picasso never named his creation nor gave an explanation as to what it represents. The 3-D piece of art looks different from every angle. People have stated that it resembles a baboon; mainly because of the close-set eyes and flaring nostrils. Also, the copper maquette of….

Art
Please take a close look at two paintings of storms: Watteau's the Storm

painting comparison

Watteau's the Storm and Delacroix's the Sea of Galilee

The two paintings in question refer to different time periods in art history and more importantly, to different views about art and life. These views are also reflected in the style and the technique of the two paintings. Art is often a reflection of the times in which it is created. The social values and perceptions as well as the dominant religious and philosophical ideas of the time tend to be represented in art during a certain period. The following two paintings will be compared and contrasted in terms of their unique qualities, as well as in terms of the way they reflect the era and the dominant ethos of the time period in which they were created.

Comparison of Two Paintings

The development in art from Neoclassicism to the omantic….

I. Introduction
A. Definition of the Human Condition
B. Importance of Studying the Human Condition
C. Thesis Statement: Exploring key aspects of the human condition and their significance in shaping human existence.

II. Historical Perspectives on the Human Condition
A. Ancient Philosophical Views (e.g., Aristotle, Plato)
B. Medieval and Renaissance Perspectives (e.g., Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli)
C. Enlightenment Thinkers (e.g., Rousseau, Hobbes)

III. Psychological Dimensions of the Human Condition
A. Human Emotions and Behavior
B. Cognitive Processes and Perceptions
C. Impact of Social and Environmental Factors

IV. Existential and Philosophical Views
A. Existentialism: Meaning and Purpose
B. Absurdity and Anxiety in Human Existence
C.....

Literary Analysis

Hamlet's Tragic Flaw: An Exploration of Indecisiveness and Self-Doubt
The Role of Ambition in Macbeth: A Study in Power and Corruption
The Tragic Heroine in King Lear: A Comparison of Cordelia and Goneril
Romeo and Juliet as a Tragedy of Fate or Free Will
The Meaning of Love in Twelfth Night: A Romantic Comedy with a Twist

Character Analysis

The Complexity of Hamlet: Madness, Melancholy, and the Search for Truth
Macbeth: A Tragic Hero or a Villain?
Ophelia in Hamlet: A Study of Fragility and Female Agency
The Character of Falstaff in Henry IV and Henry V: Humor, Loyalty,....

1. The rise and fall of the Russian Empire
2. The impact of Peter the Great on Russian history
3. The role of the Russian Revolution in shaping modern Russia
4. The Soviet Union under Stalin's rule
5. The Cold War and its effects on Russia
6. The fall of the Soviet Union and the transition to a market economy
7. The role of Russia in World War II
8. The cultural and artistic history of Russia, including literature, music, and visual arts
9. Gender roles and women's rights in Russian history
10. The legacy of Tsarist Russia in modern-day Russia
11. The impact of the Mongol invasions on Russia's....

Understanding the Concept of Narrative

A narrative is a form of storytelling that unfolds a sequence of events or experiences over time. It typically involves characters, a setting, a conflict, and a resolution. Narratives can be fictional or nonfictional, and they can be expressed through various mediums such as literature, film, music, and visual arts.

Approaching Narrative Essay Topics

When developing essay topics centered around narratives, consider the following aspects:

Personal Narratives: Explore personal experiences, anecdotes, or stories that have shaped your life or perspectives.
Literary Narratives: Analyze narratives in literary works, examining character development, plot structure, and themes.
Historical Narratives: Examine historical....

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Visual Arts Salvador Dali - Surrealism The artists of the Surrealist movement researched and studied the works of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, determined to explore ways in which to express…

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Visual Arts Andy Warhol's Self-Portrait

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Visual Arts of Africa and

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He admonishes contemporary African-Americans to look into the teachings and culture of the ancient Egyptians for inspiration. Carruthers goes into "The Instructions of Ptahhotep" which contained maxims to instruct…

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Art Especially the Visual Arts

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These elements comprised clear organization as well as an avoidance of excessive detail. Raphael distinguished himself by an expansive style in his paintings, which the audience experiences as…

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Interrelationships of Literature Visual Arts

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Artists often possess an uncanny ability to analyze and manipulate these experiences into an expression that speaks to the masses of the human condition, and they are usually quite…

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Impressionism Visual Arts in the

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Rather, changing scales and exotic tones that intends to create mood or atmosphere characterizes impressionism in music. W.W. Norton online lists the following characteristics. A parallel chord movement and…

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American Visual Arts During the Cold War Period

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Abstract Expressionist Painting Artistic and Aesthetic Value in American Modernist Art during the Cold War Era Defining American Expressionism American modernism is perhaps one of the most difficult artistic periods to define.…

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Robert Rauschenberg's Visual Arts

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Robert Rauschenberg, premier American visual artist, saw things differently than the ordinary human being. For Rauschenberg, mundane matter can be magically transformed onto canvas to convey something entirely different…

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Analyzing and Discussing Liturgical Use of Visual Arts and Paganism

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Liturgical Use of Visual Arts and Paganism Christian art's rich history goes as far back as the 3rd century A.D. Ever since the first paintings were done on catacomb…

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Lesson Plan for Visual Arts Class

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Students will be able to analyze and critique Baroque style painting by looking at five Baroque style masters. They will learn the different methods of Baroque style painting…

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Art of Classical Antiquity in the Ancient

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Art of classical antiquity, in the ancient cultures of Greece and ome, has been much revered, admired, and imitated. In fact, the arts of ancient Greece and ome can…

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Art and the Humanities

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Visual Imagery and Qualitative Dimensions of Life & Consciousness in Visual Art Throughout history all cultures have produced works of art. The impulse to create as a means of personal…

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Art Futurism Brashly and Boldly Embraced New

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Art Futurism brashly and boldly embraced new technology, celebrating even the bellicose. In Marinetti's "Manifesto of Futurism," he states, "We will glorify war -- the world's only hygiene -- militarism,…

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Art and Architecture and Art in a

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Art and Architecture Architecture and Art In a recent visit to Chicago, I observed the Chicago Picasso which was a gift to the city by the famed artist Pablo Picasso. Located…

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Art Please Take a Close Look at

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Art Please take a close look at two paintings of storms: Watteau's the Storm painting comparison Watteau's the Storm and Delacroix's the Sea of Galilee The two paintings in question refer to different…

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