Jacob Lawrence, Going Home. 1946.
I never realized that art played such an important aspect in our everyday lives.
It is my belief that people take art for granted. From a global perspective, art
would be better appreciated if more time and effort was devoted to it. Art is about
helping people understand life and expressing themselves. In just a short time of
me studying art, I am able to take notice of all the different colors that are put
together. With my new found knowledge of art, now when I look at a painting I
try to imagine what the artist was thinking about when he decided to paint the
The painting by Jacob Lawrence GOING HOME, (1946), is an amazing painting. When I first looked at this painting the first thought that came to my mind was the musicians were on a train on their way home, feeling exhausted having just finished playing at a night club. The train seats are green; this is the first color that captures your eyes. The color of the seats along with some of the red luggage gives the impression of the mood as being calm and relaxed. Over to the left of the picture in the upper hand corner there is a silhouette of the sun going down, but when looking through the windows the color blue is showing the outside scenery as if the night is approaching.
The intensity of this picture has the appearance of being so lifelike. The artist uses actual straight lines along with some curving lines. In one of the poses, one of the musician puts a suitcase overhead and they are somewhat on a vertical angle. Also with this picture it can make you unsure of whether the scenery was captured in the early morning or late evening.
The painting Going Home is a two dimensional space. When looking at Jacob Lawrence’s painting, it is easy to see everything all at once. There is no available space. He used very bold colors that stood out. This painting can also be categorized