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How the Visual Arts Communicate

In the painting of Mona Lisa shows an ordinary women looking directly at you with her hands crossed and a tiny smile. From what I read about this portrait in these times the 1400’s to 1500’s women don’t normally look directly at you and the artist would normally cut off the women’s body to show a close up of the face. The point of this portrait was to make Mona Lisa look as naturally as possible and show that wealth was not important. Apart from the naturalism in the figure, the painting includes a background. If you look over her shoulder to the left side, you see a road that leads to distance, and mountains painted as background. On the right...

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Identifying Art Vocabulary

Study the above painting, Marizy Sainte-Genevieve, carefully. Based on your analysis, answer the following questions. Write your answers in the boxes provided below the questions. 1. What types of lines has the artist used in the painting? The artist used rough brush strokes to create organic shapes. 2. What are the positive shapes in the painting? I feel as though the positive shapes/main subjects in the painting are the houses on the side of the street. 3. What is the negative shape in the painting? The negative shapes include the trees and people farther down the road, in the background. 4. What is the vantage point in the painting? The vantage point is in the beginning of the street, before the buildings, because that’s the artists literal point...

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Favorite Painting by Picasso

Have you ever gone to the museum and glanced at paintings but had to do a double take because a painting grabbed your attention so strongly? This is what happened to me when I saw the painting by Pablo Picasso entitled Mother and Child 1901. This painting was done during what was called the Blue Period. “Picasso’s Blue Period was in 1900 and ended in 1904.” (unknown, Pablo Picasso's Blue Period 1901-1904, 2009) All of his paintings during this period were created in shades of blue and blue-green with other colors occasionally. Picasso had many paintings that had the same title but in different time periods. Paintings by Picasso brought out warm and loving feelings in my heart. This one...

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