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Jose Revuelta TA: Jenny Lin, Disc. 1J Art History 54 Formal Analysis Claude Monet’s Still Life with Flowers and Fruit, 1869, and Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises, 1889 show many differences and similarities. With differences in texture, use or lack of perspective, and varying brushstrokes and painting styles, both painters have given part of themselves to impressionist painting, one by renouncing ideas of classical art, and the other by quoting those ideas to make the end result a great one. With their visually and emotionally different paintings, both artists have begun a wave of change for the world of art. The subject matter of Van Gogh’s Irises is Irises. Van Gogh created this painting during his stay at an asylum. This painting depicts a garden of Irises, which painted not in a studio, but in the actual gardens. One looks at the painting and sees many blue irises in the lower right hand corner of the foreground, on the opposite side; there is a small patch of dirt. In the middle ground there are plants surrounded with blue irises and one white iris. In the background, there are some yellow flowers. For Monet’s Still Life with Flowers and Fruit , the subject matter is of flowers and fruit, as depicted in the painting. This painting was painted in a studio and there is an en emphasis in medium and there is specificity in painting. One looks at the painting and sees a basket on the left side, cut off in half by the frame. On the right side, a table cloth with a variety of fruits, ranging from apples to grapes. And in the back, a white vase with an abundant number of flowers can be seen. Van Gogh’s painting does not seem to have some obscure hidden meaning, and is plainly shown through its title: Irises , nothing else, just Irises. There might be some hidden symbolism to the plants and the flowers, since there is a focus on the flowers. The flowers are seen as conventions of beauty, the flowers are the sex organs of plants. So there is a
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Jose Revuelta TA: Jenny Lin, Disc. 1J Art History 54 sort of life giving abundance, an excess of life- constantly giving. Monet’s painting has no
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This essay was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course ART HIS 54 taught by Professor Baker during the Fall '08 term at UCLA.

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