Art Critique Example

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This painting is by Ellen Plankey, it is untitled and a pastel. For the purposes of this paper, I’ll call it “Young Girl on Blanket”. This is a picture of a young woman sitting on what appears to be a blanket. She’s looking off to her right and is wearing a dark blue skirt and a baby blue cloth around her head as a wrap. She’s topless, but how it’s shadowed only one of her breasts is very prominent; the other blurred by shadow. She’s surrounded by plants, all of which are leafy bushes. The sky in the back peeking through the leaves is a pale orange, almost a faded salmon color. The shadows on her body are splotched from the openings between the leaves. All of which is very soft. “Young Girl on Blanket” uses intermediate colors; soft shades of pink, blue, green and orange. All of the lines are curved in this, even the blankets edge ripples over what appears to be grass, which rounds the edge of it so that it doesn’t seem like a rectangle but instead a boxy oval. The girl’s body is curvy, not overly so, just enough so that her femininity shines through. Also, the only lines that are solid are the outline of her and her clothing. All of the shrubbery around her has very soft edges and are almost fuzzy, which makes them melt into the background letting the girl stand out. The colors around the girl, although soft, are much darker than her very fair skin tone which brings the attention in the painting to her rather than her surroundings. The first thing I noticed was her baby blue head wrap, and from there my eye went down to the rest of her.
“Young girl on Blanket” immediately made me stare at it. I was very intrigued by the softness of the painting. It reminded me of a painting that my great grandmother would own and that I’ve seen before, which immediately made me flood with a sense of nostalgia. Although I have never sat topless in a field, I was easily able to relate to the picture. It looks like she has had a lovely day and the sun is either just starting to...
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