19th cen Art - 3/6/08 19th cen Art Notes I. Jericho a....

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3/6/08 19 th cen Art Notes I. Jericho a. Synthetic artist- combines several different strands of artistic activities b. Died young- not tons of paintings c. Trains with Gerand, takes it upon himself to learn through experience (unconventional, based on travel and close observation of predecessors) d. He and Delacroix = big French romanticism artists e. Deliberately experimental/tries to come up with new ways a painting can be f. Did images of insane people/used their appearance to understand their mental processes i. Brings up moral question: right or wrong? Question of morality ii. Face conveys mind? g. Wrath of Medusa i. Nepitism: political appointment because of connection ii. Ship called medusa (french frigate) ran aground because captain had no experience iii. Takes 15 days to get saved/many had died by then on raft iv. Takes many months before story gets out/becomes huge scandal; it shows the corruption and flaws of French system and how it hurts people v. Inspired from classical renaissance drawing (by Michaelangelo) vi. Pathos vii. Dramatic figures- outstretched hands (David technique) viii. One figure is resigned to his fate/accepting death, melancholy (head resting on arm to suggest contemplation or thoughtfulness) ix. Having the ship small builds tension (bc the ship probably wont see them easily)/focus on people and raft x. Shows people from different backgrounds xi. Sky/water = unsettling; uses them metaphorically to show degrees of hope, tragedy xii. Water is choppy, poorly constructed raft showing its fragile and could collapse at any minute xiii. Chaotic, emotional scene… elements suggest some order/structure because of triangles/organization xiv. Academic traits: Very carefully made, size, compositional techniques, classical and biblical references, dramatic event emotional quality xv. Not an Academic painting because its something that happened recently/not a biblical or roman story xvi. Art is relavent to times hes living in xvii. Show in in Salon of 1819; was confusing for people because of its contemporary subject matter and images xviii. Timeless? Representation of history? Or Jericho using his imagination? Grand imaginary telling?
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xix. Takes other peoples suffering and makes it into art; furthering his career and political agenda h. Napoleonic paintings in manor i. Art is functioning in propagandistic way/celebration of military culture i. Curiser (soldier) Charging 1812 1. Solider as heroic, forceful figure 2. Unusually complicated and elaborate way to show this 3. Foreshortens horse, soldier twisting: he was trying to be difficult in subject 4. Shows movement, drama, excitement 5. Very Napoleonic ii. Wounded Couriser 1. shown damaged, frightened soldier 2. overall gloomy uncertain downtrodden quality 3. suggest military causes fear, hurt, pain, lack of glory (un- Napoleonic) both paintings tell 2 sides of a story, intended to be shown together? 3/12/08
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