Art_History_Comparison

Art_History_Comparison - Pg. 1 Art History 4/26/07...

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Pg . 1 Art History 4/26/07 Comparison Paper Author’s Note The beautiful Philadelphia Museum of Art was designed and built during the 1920’s . In the early part of the twentieth century, the museum was built in a Greek style . Memorial Hall was built to be the art gallery during the Centennial Exposition of 1876 . After the exposition was over, the gallery stayed open permanently as a museum of art and industry for the commonwealth to enjoy . The style of the building is a great one for its purpose because of how grand and monumental it is . This building is where both works of art discussed can be found . Blossoming Willows can be found on the first floor of the Art Museum in Gallery 108 of the American Art collection while Bend in the Epte River Near Giverny can be found on the first floor in Gallery 152 of the European Art collection . The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a breathtaking structure and the building is unarguably a work of art itself . Claude Monet’s Bend in the Epte River Near Giverny and Willard Leroy Metcalf’s Blossoming Willows Both Bend in the Epte River Near Giverny (1888, o/c, PMA) by Claude Monet (1840-1926) and Blossoming Willows (1910, o/c, PMA) by Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925) are paintings of riverside landscape . The artists completed the two works with different styles in different centuries and continents . The river is one of the most
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Pg . 2 beautiful natural features of the planet Earth and the works of Willard Leroy Metcalf and Claude Monet help further this notion . Claude Monet painted Bend in the Epte River near Giverny in 1888 in the country of France . He used oil on canvas to paint this impressionistic piece of art . The matter of subject in this painting is a bend in the river just as the title suggests . The poplar trees in the painting were a personal favorite of Monet’s (Thompson) . Monet’s simplification of a striking view down the river’s bend, parallels the leisure and suburban lives of the rising upper middle class in 19th century France (Tucker) . The lines in this painting are both subtle and strong at the same time . The curves make the eyes follow the bend of the river so easily that it would almost imaginable to see what’s around it . The texture of the work is quite thick, making the brush and trees in the work almost larger than life . All of the colors in this painting are of pastel tint . Monet used the light pastel colors to make everything look as if it had just finished blooming (Tucker) . When the painting is looked at up close, the eyes get lost in a haze of shimmering greens, blues, and pinks . Yet when the painting is viewed from afar, the image of a summer day along the Epte River snaps into focus . Monet used all of his space, filling the canvas with the lush plants . The curving of the bend gives a feeling of motion . A viewer could get the feeling of traveling down that very river and feel that
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