Professor DeAnna Skedel
Art 108-Survey of Art
20 October 2011
Formal Analysis of Hôtel de France by Stuart Davis
When I first saw the painting, Hôtel de France, painted by Stuart Davis, I thought that was just an ordinary painting of a building and a street that is pretty, especially in a way that looks old-fashioned. I had to come to realize that the painting was painted from what the painter sees from the scene. The painting is a picture of a four-story building of the hotel named, Hôtel de France. On the left side of the painting are the sides of other buildings. In front of the Hôtel de France building is a public urinal building. Beside it is an advertising kiosk selling some stuff and beside this kiosk is a lamp post. We can also see parts of the street. This painting was made at Paris, France particularly in the area of Montparnasse during the stay of Stuart Davis Hôtel de France in 1928 to 1929. The purpose of the painting was to convey the American artist’s feeling of great pleasure in the city being the only one of its kind. The work of Davis is a painting which is particularly oil on canvas. Oil on canvas is a series of things that are done in order to achieve a particular result of painting with a dry insoluble substance. Usually, dust or powder is reduced by pounding or grinding. When it is suspended in a liquid vehicle it becomes a paint that is tied with a medium of drying oil. This kind of painting is used especially in Europe. Traditional oil painting techniques often begin with the artist sketching the subject onto the canvas with charcoal or thinned paint. In the background of the painting, the work is a still life. The painting is a still life or the work of art depicting a subject matter. Typically, it is a common place in Paris. The painting is a still life since it is man-made. We can see people who are standing near the window of the painting. There might be also people walking on the street, a sales representative...
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