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Essay 3 Draft - Ga-in(Jenny Lee ARTH 1131 Essay 2 Formal...

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Ga-in (Jenny Lee) ARTH 1131 Essay 2 – Formal analysis of an object in the Johnson Museum of Art Comparison The Fields in the Month of June (Les Champs au mois de juin) by Charles-Francois Daubigny depicts the landscape realistically, is easily discernable, and embodies the culture of the working class in 1870s; the painting exemplifies Kitsch art. The term Kitsch refers to realistically depicting objects, which makes the artwork more recognizable for a large group of audience. That is why the culture of a specific period in the history had to be incorporated in Kitsch art. The Horse, the Rider, and the Clown , by Henri Matisse, embodies avant-garde features. The term avant-garde has a distinctively contrasting definition to the term Kitsch. Avant-garde works are innovative, full of experiments with objects and art materials. Therefore, in many cases, the theme and elements in the artworks are difficult to discern: the artworks require audience to “work.” Daubigny’s Fields in the Month of June depicts the truth of the vast nature, specifically the late afternoon landscape of the countryside. Although the painting is full of detached brushstrokes, Daubigny surely paid attention to the small elements that exist in the nature: the faint moon, the working-class human figures, the animals, and even the small blue bird sitting on the red flower. Interestingly and rather ironically, there is an absence of detail and the presence of the artist’s attention to detail. The painting is certainly not as detailed as the girl’s feet in Bouguereau’s The Goose Girl , but we can definitely point out different figures and elements that are present in the painting. In other words, Daubigny has painted the environment surrounding him, with no distortion of the nature or imaginative figures presented in the painting, which makes this piece of art Kitsch. Page 1
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Ga-in (Jenny Lee) ARTH 1131 Essay 2 – Formal analysis of an object in the Johnson Museum of Art The difference in the materials that the two artists used has a significant effect on the emotions and sentiments that the paintings evoke. Henri Matisse uses vibrant and contrasting colors even though he only uses a few number of colors overall. The painting clearly exhibits
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