Three Paintings

Topics: Russia, Moscow, Barge Haulers on the Volga Pages: 3 (1048 words) Published: June 20, 2009
Essay on Three Paintings by Michael Marino-157897

Paintings give us a feeling of despair, disgust, hope, rebellion, splendor, love and beauty among other emotions. Each artist had something the artist believed important to say, some message the artist needed to communicate when creating the painting. This is an essay describing, comparing and contrasting three different paintings by three different artists. We will examine The Heart of the Andes by Frederic Edwin Church, Battle of the Amazons by Pieter Pauwel Rubens and The Volga Boatmen by Ilya Repin . The theme of The Heart of the Andes is a Landscape. It is a picturesque observation of nature. The serene seen draws your eye from the shimmering pool served by a waterfall at the center right of the mountain landscape to the snow-capped mountain appearing in the distance. Your eye is led by the darker, closer slopes that decline from right to left. Human presence consists of a hamlet and church lying in the central plain. Two people are seen before a cross. The painting displays the landscape in detail, a sweeping portrayal of nature. The presence of the cross brings to mind the peaceful coexistence of religion with nature and the landscape. Peace is contrary to the feelings I get when I gaze at The Battle of the Amazons painting by Rubens. This Battle scene is an explosion within the picture space. The use the yellows and browns gives the appearance of a ferocious fight while with blurred lines gives a feeling of constant motion. The swirling colors and charging horses seem to leap off the canvas. The subject of The Battle of the Amazons is from mythology, it represents the battle between Theseus's Athenians and the women-warriors of Telestris. The artist's intent is to portray the fierceness of battle and the passion of war. The surging movement throws opposing forces together; men, women and horses charge into combat and the result is like a whirlwind within the picture space. The subjects are...
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