Monday January 17, 2011
Art Critique: Lawren Harris, Lake Superior III
The artwork that I chose for the art critique was Lake Superior III by Lawren Harris, it is a realism painting, and was painted during the 1920s. In the painting we can see rocks, clouds, the sky, and the ocean. When I look at the painting I first notice the lightened sky towards the left; there are many gradations of blue throughout the painting, shades of brown and gray, and also white. The rocks and the clouds form curved shapes, while the ocean displays a linear pattern. I can assume that the time of day in this painting is mid evening/late afternoon because you can tell from the shades that have surrounded the rocks. The mood and feel of this painting is very serene and peaceful, it has a gleeful effect on the viewer.
There are several principles and elements of design that can be viewed in this painting; for one thing, emphasis is intensely directed towards the left hand side of the painting. Lighter tones were used to direct the eye towards that one spot because of the contrast between light and dark. This also could perhaps suggest that there was a sun setting in this scene, and the emitting light casted a glow onto the ocean and sky. The direction in this painting is horizontal, the ocean’s edge and the clouds depict this. We can see value in the hues of blue in the ocean, transitioning from lighter blue to darker blue. The large rocks on the lower half are balanced out by the smaller sized clouds on the top; all the subjects on the painting are harmonious with each other because of their similar shapes. Line has been used on the rocks at the shore, in order to display their texture, by adding these lines the rocks appear to have a smooth texture rather than a rough one. There is also movement in the shapes of the clouds and rocks.
I think Lawren Harris was trying to exhibit the beauty of nature, and how simple things about nature can be...
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