Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Compare and Contrast


Our task this week is to compare two very famous paintings by Van Gogh and Henri Matisse. We are comparing Van Gogh's ‘Sunflowers’ and Henri Matisse's ‘La Musique’. Henri Matisse's style of art is Fauvism and Van Gogh's is Expressionism. These two talented artists like others used bright colors to express good feelings and darker colors to express being angry or down.

The Sunflower painting by Vincent Van Gogh uses dull colors, making me feel sad and by painting this piece of artwork at the time he would have been a bit down. Throughout his life Van Gogh was sad painting different portraits of himself and other things, although these painting are amazing now back when he was alive he only sold one of his famous paintings. In one part of his depressed life Van Gogh cut off his ear and sent it to his girlfriend for some unknown reason. Van Gogh had a unique way of painting using lots of small strokes to make the painting look as if you could touch it and would be able to feel the bumps in the picture. The main colors are brown and yellow.

Henri Matisse’s painting ‘La Musique’ gave the feeling of joy because of the bright colors he used. The use of colors and curvy lines in this picture stood out because the way he used them. The style fauvism in french means wild beast. This style uses basic drawing with strong colors to make them stand out. The main obvious color or colors in Henri Matisse’s painting are blue, yellow, green and red.

The ‘Sunflower’ and ‘La Musique’ both have a couple of things in common like the colors, both using yellow and both are paintings. The difference between the two famous paintings are the style. The Sunflowers one is expressionism using a lot of little brushstrokes giving it an emotional effect giving up the mood. The La Musique uses powerful colors and bold drawings giving the happy feeling.

I think that these two pioneers of the art industry would have inspired many to take up painting and encourage more to as well. Despite the differences between the two artists and their styles, the painting and the similarities amazed me like the colors used and how they both made me feel differently.