The three artworks were selected from the Art Institute of Chicago and are mainly drawn from both the Impressionism and Post impressionism era. The primary aim of critiquing works from this period is influenced by the extensive developments achieved in this period in the art discipline. All three works are illustrative of the importance of this period in the emergence of some of the most expensive works. Essentially, the three artworks were selected due to their respective histories and contributions to the development of art. They can be termed as revolutionaries through their accurate depictions of natural surroundings such as still lifes, people, community gatherings, landscapes and urban development (Art Institute Chicago, 2015).
Figure 1: The Apples and Grapes (1880) Claude Monet 1840-1926 (French)
The Apples and Grapes is an 1880 masterpiece by the renowned French artist, Claude Monet 1840-1926. It is an oil on canvas piece measure 66.5 x 82.5 cm (26 3/16 x 32 1/2 in.) The painting is inscribed on its upper left side in the words “Claude Monet 1880.” It belongs to a collection by Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, (1933).
It is important to note this works was part of the numerous still lifes featuring in works from between 1879–80 (Art Institute Chicago, 2015). The still lifes were readily and remain readily marketable when compared to landscapes. In this artwork, the artist is effective in employment of complexities of light, color, texture which is prevalent in most if not all of his impressionist works. This is evident in the utilization of an extensive cloth surface that provides the artist to exercise play of light by utilization of varying brushstrokes that are indicative of folds on the cloth.
Figure 2: A Peasant Woman Digging in Front of Her Cottage (1885) Dutch Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch (Art Institute Chicago, 2015)
The third artwork from the exhibition was A Peasant Woman Digging in Front of Her Cottage,c. (1885) by the Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). It is oil on canvas painting measuring 31.3 x 42 cm (12 5/16 x 16 1/2 in.) with inscriptions “Bequest of Dr. John J. Ireland, 1968.92.”
Figure 3: The Approaching Storm, (1864) Eugène-Louis Boudin
The Approaching Storm, (1864) is by a popular French artist named Eugene-Louis Boudin who is considered to have played an important role in the growth of art by use of vivid colors and social themes that appealed to crowds. It is oil on cradled panel piece measuring 14 3/8 x 22 1/2 in. (36.3 x 57.9 cm) (Art Institute Chicago, 2015). It has the inscriptions “E. Boudin 1864” and belongs to a collection by Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial. this was one of the most captivating works I found on display as it illustrated the presence of deep social divides across Europe.
The three artworks were selected because of the histories and contributions of the three artists in the development of art. They can be termed as revolutionaries through their accurate depictions of natural surroundings such as still lifes, people, community gatherings, landscapes and urban development (Art Institute Chicago, 2015). The artwork was largely influenced by the prevalence of enlightenment and emergence of urban areas marking modernity and the growth of the middle class. However, some woks also depicted the presence of vast social inequalities and injustices that arose from the presence of a vast divide between the rich and the poor.
Art Institute Chicago. (2015). Claude Monet. Art Institute Chicago. Retrieved from http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/16549?search_no=1&index=6
Art Institute Chicago. (2015). Van Gogh. Art Institute Chicago. Retrieved from http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/28862?search_no=1&index=1
Art Institute Chicago. (2015). Eugène-Louis Boudin. Art Institute Chicago. Retrieved from http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/27764?search_no=1&index=7
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