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  • marcelinelee 9:35 AM on June 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  



    Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night, 1889, Saint-Remy, France.


    Claude Monet, Le Bateau-atelier, 1876.

    Impressionism “depicted a fleeting moment, an impression,” Impressionism was characterized by sketchy lines, loose brush strokes and dabs of color that blend together. The favorite subject matter was: the transitory effects of light and weather; the amusements and pastimes of the middle and upper classes; pleasant moments; and did not focus on traditional subject matter such as history and classical antiquities and religion. Frequently the painters worked outdoors (“Art Music…,” n.d.).

    Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night is a perfect example of Post-Impressionism. The bright stars and moon, the way the wind is moving, it’s all so free and peaceful. The city below, perhaps, demonstrates serenity. Also, the thing that interests me the most is the brush on the left side. This sky keeps the viewer’s eyes moving about the painting, following the curves and creating a visual dot to dot with the stars. This movement keeps the onlooker involved in the painting while the other factors take hold (“Vincent Van Gogh: Starry Night,” n.d.). Van Gogh’s paintings were supposed to present emotion: dramatic, lyrically rhythmic, imaginative, and emotional (Vincent Van Gogh: Biography,” n.d.).


    Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1872.


    Thomas Cole, The Oxbow, 1836.

    Romanticism is different from Impressionism. Like the Baroque era, artists wanted to elicit emotions and feelings. The favorite subject matter was mists, fantastic, exotic, world of dreams, and fabulous landscapes. Horrible tragedies and injustices were also ideal Romantic subject matter. Romantic painting was noted as a floating, inexact style, or attitude. The artist was seen as creator that reflected God’s power in their genius (“Art Music…,” n.d.).

    Thomas Cole and Thomas Moran were in the Hudson River School during the Romantic Era. The Hudson River School mainly focused on landscape paintings. Many of these paintings were realistically descriptive and features tranquil and beautiful pastoral settings where nature and man existed peacefully. They held a reverence for nature as a manifestation of God. The techniques that the painters used for creating the illusion of light was known as luminism (“Art Music…,” n.d.).

    Comparing these paintings from the Impression and Romantic eras, we can definitely see the differences. The technique is very different. In van Gogh’s painting its so freehanded and sketchy, while in Moran and Cole’s paintings, the strokes are so carefully detailed.  In Moran and Cole’s paintings, we can see how clear and vivid everything is.

    Although Romantic paintings were more clear and detailed, I would have to stay I like the Impressionistic style more. It’s so abstract and all the colors are put together to create a masterpiece. I would prefer a more creative, imaginative painting than a detailed picture of a landscape.

    Works Cited

    “Art Music Theater F200.” 5.4- Visual Arts in the Romantic Era. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 June 2012. http://amtf200.community.uaf.edu/2009/04/24/03-visual-arts-3/

    “Oil Painting Reproduction Studio.” Oil Painting Reproduction Studio. N.p., 2004. Web. 21 June 2012. http://www.huntfor.com/absoluteig/gallery.asp?action=viewimage

    “Vincent Van Gogh: Biography.” Vincent Van Gogh Gallery. N.p., 2012. Web. 21 June 2012. http://www.vangoghgallery.com/misc/bio.html

     “Vincent Van Gogh: Starry Night.” Vincent Van Gogh Gallery. N.p., 2012. Web. 21 June 2012. http://www.vangoghgallery.com/painting/starryindex.html

    • jsteffes2 3:02 AM on June 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Really enjoyed your post! I like that you used Vincent Van Gogh in your discussion because he is one of my favorites of the Post-Impressionism era. After visiting the Van Gogh museum in the Netherlands I have a special appreciation for his art. Although “Starry Night” is a commonly known painting I still love it! It looks like the coziest little village beneath that swirling sky. You chose great eras to compare as they really elucidate the differences between Impressionistic and Romantic art. I also agree with your reasoning of why the Impressionism era was so wonderful. The artists of this time were so imaginative and adventurous! Great job on including all the required information and bringing up noteworthy topics for discussion.

    • awpaxson 10:08 PM on July 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great review, you gave a good overview of post-impressionistic art by giving a description of it in the beginning and then expanding upon a certain painting by outlining key details. Although not a fan of impressionistic and post-impressionistic artwork myself, you gave excellent reasoning in your statements (I more of a fan of “The Oxbow”). Additionally, the usage of multiple examples was a good inclusion to the report.

    • behumah 10:15 PM on July 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love the pictures! It was hard finding pictures on the internet that weren’t thumbnails. I have decided that once I make enough money to enjoy a stress free work life, I’m going to devote some time to the museum. I work in the DC and I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t been to a museum in over a decade. All that is about to change. Keep up the good work!

    • thesimplemrjones 7:05 PM on July 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Marceline! Great reflection on impressionism. I am not a huge fan of the style, but you did a great job in showing the comparison between both impressionism and romanticism. It appears as though I am the only one who doesn’t particularly gravitate toward the impressionistic style of art as most of the other classmates do. All of your works have been cited properly and your information factual. I liked the fact that you mentioned how both Cole and Moran were in the Hudson River School during the romantic era showing how they both received the same teaching, yet paintings were different. Great reflection!

  • marcelinelee 12:05 PM on June 7, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    5th Symphony 

    Ludwig Van Beethoven. 5th Symphony. 1804-1808. Vienna, Austria.

    Ludwig Van Beethoven was born on about December 16, 1770, in the city of Bonn (“Ludwig Van…,” n.d.). His career had three distinct periods. First period was until 1802 and is where he wrote conventionally, following Haydn and Mozart. Second period, the Heroic period between 1803 and 1814 is where his works become more dramatic and longer in length, and the famous 5th Symphony is from this period. Last period is where he explored new territory, departing from Classical constraints and his greatest symphony, the 9th Symphony, is considered the first symphony of the Romantic era. Some of his works include 3rd Symphony, 8th Symphony, and 6th Symphony. He started losing his hearing at about 20 years old, however, he kept composing (Prevot, 2001).

    The 5th Symphony was written between 1804 and 1808 and finally performed in Vienna in 1808. It comprises of four movements: opening sonata, an andante, and a fast scherzo which leads attacca to the finale. He dedicated this work to Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz and Count Razumovsky (“Symphony No. 5…,” 2012).

    This work is considered a natural continuation of Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”, because it approaches the same themes and it expresses the relationship between particular and general (“Beethoven’s Symphony…,” n.d.).

    It is related to the middle period because during this period, there was a widespread demand for arts.  Also, the key of the Fifth Symphony, C minor, is commonly regarded as a special key for Beethoven, specifically a “stormy, heroic tonality” which was the center of many themes during this era. It is thought to symbolize “fate” knocking at the door (“Symphony No. 5…,” 2012).

    I like this piece of the 5th Symphony by Beethoven because it sounds like a mystery is going on, or sort of like it is telling a story. I mean, when I listen to it without watching the YouTube video, I think of it as a story being told using fast-paced and slow-paced music. Fast-paced would indicate like a chase or a mystery of some sort. When it is slow-paced, I think of it as a place of finally resting or taking a break. I have heard this piece many, many times in different cartoons, TV shows, and the radio.


    Works Cited

    “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The Destiny Symphony.” Beethoven 5th Symphony|Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5| The Destiny Symphony. All About Beethoven. Web. 07 June 2012. http://www.all-about-beethoven.com/symphony5.html

    “Ludwig Van Beethoven Biography.” Bio.com. A&E Networks Television. Web. 07 June 2012. http://www.biography.com/people/ludwig-van-beethoven-9204862

    “Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 06 June 2012. Web. 07 June 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._5_(Beethoven)

    Prevot, Dominique, and Hannah Salter. “Biography: Beethoven’s Life – Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Website – Dominique PRÉVOT.” Biography: Beethoven’s Life. Dec. 2001. Web. 07 June 2012. http://www.lvbeethoven.com/Bio/BiographyLudwig.html

    • aklena 8:17 PM on June 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi fellow student!
      I was wondering…. Did you attend RAHI in ’09 or ’10? Because I think we were in the same year. 🙂
      Your information is very relevant and interesting. I like the ‘story aspect’ of this piece as well. I think it does tell a story, if you think about it like that. Beethoven really likes the dramatic side of things. Did it really take him 4 years to finish this piece?

    • marcelinelee 11:20 AM on June 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Malena! Yes I did, I remember you! 🙂 Yay. It did take 4 years! He started it and in the meantime finished a few other pieces while creating this symphony as well. I’m so glad to hear from you!

    • tmgreen4 9:22 PM on June 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I love this piece by Beethoven. It’s such an epic piece! I always think of Tom and Jerry when I hear this.
      What kind of role do you think the rise of the middle class had on Beethoven while he was creating this piece? Did you come across any influences he had while composing this piece? You provided a lot of great information. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jessica Hunter 10:59 AM on June 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      There is a lot of great information here! It was interesting to read more about Beethoven, as well as about the C minor. It’s also pretty neat that it took him four years to finish it; it must have been something he put a lot of thought into. Like someone else asked, what effect do you think the middle class had on Beethoven when he was writing this piece? You did a good job providing factual information as well as sources.

    • Mariah 11:53 PM on June 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Malena,
      Good job you gave a good amount of information and followed the guidelines for the assignment . I enjoy that you put in some background information on Beethoven’s career, it was interesting to read about the 5th symphony and to read about how it was connected to the rise of the middle class . I think that your interpretation of the 5th symphony is thoughtful and interesting .

  • marcelinelee 11:14 AM on June 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    The Astronomer 

    Johannes Vermeer. The Astronomer. 1668. Louvre, Paris.

    Johannes Vermeer is a Dutch painter born in the year 1632. He is thought to stay in his hometown of Delft for most of his life. He mostly painted works of women, although he did paint a man in these two paintings.“The Geographer” created in 1668-1669 is thought to be a pendant to “The Astronomer.” It is thought that the same person is in both pieces, possibly Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. A few of Vermeer’s works include “Girl with the Pearl Earring,” “The Music Lesson,” and “The Girl with the Wine Glass” (“Johannes Vermeer,” 2012).

    “The Astronomer” is a great piece. I like it because it contrasts light from dark, which is a work of tenebrism. It also displays the light from the window, which he displays so perfectly on the face, table, and wall. He displays the shadows on the wall from the dresser so accurately. It also captures the quietness, peacefulness and concentration of his profession, something very unique and special. The book on the table is Metius’s “Institutiones Astronomicae Geographicae.” It is thought to be on Book III, seeking inspiration from God. The painting on the wall is of Moses, which is thought to symbolize knowledge and science (“The Astronomer,” 2012). This painting is very inspiring because how it represents how much we have discovered and acquired in science today.

    “The Geographer,” below, is thought to be a pendant to “The Astronomer.” They are very similar. First, it is the same model. The globe, books, dresser, clothing, and table cloth are all in the picture. Also, there’s a signature or date as well (near the globe in “The Astronomer” and on the wall in “The Geographer”). They are both studying and thinking. Vermeer symbolizes the expansion of scientific knowledge so significantly, in both “The Astronomer” and “The Geographer.”

    Works Cited

    “Johannes Vermeer.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 06 June 2012. Web. 06 June 2012.


    “The Astronomer (Vermeer).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29 May 2012. Web. 06 June 2012.


    “The Geographer.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 17 May 2012. Web. 06 June 2012.


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