La Révolution française.
Jacques-Louis David (1748 - 1825).
Le serment des Horaces. 1784.
Les licteurs apportant à Brutus les corps de ses fils. 1789 (year of the revolution).
La mort de Marat. 1793.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LOUVRE
As expected, the Louvre was very overwhelming. I’ve wanted to visit the Louvre since I was 10 years old and although I was exhausted at the end of the day it was worthy. Even though the Mona Lisa is highly overrated in the art world it was pretty nifty to see it. I wrote a paper on the Mona Lisa my freshman year of highschool (mostly because of the DaVinci Code hype) and it was the first painting that made me really interested in art history. My favorite painting that we saw, however, was Gericault’s Raft of Medusa. It’s housed in the “French large-scale painting” wing along with Delacoix’s Liberty Leading the People and David’s Coronation of Napoleon. If you visit the Louvre this wing is definitely worth checking out because all of the pieces are massive and each individual work is really amazing. Gericault’s painting is a depiction of the wreck of the French naval ship, the Medusa, in which the surviving passengers had to resort to cannibalism after enduring almost two weeks of dehydration and starvation. The painting acts as a metaphor for the ineffectiveness of the newly-restored French monarchy. Gericault wanted to expose the event as an international scandal. I love this painting because it is both beautiful and horrifying at the same time. In order to prepare for the final painting, Gericault interviewed survivors and did several studies at morgues in order to paint dying flesh and dismembered body parts. I also particularly admire the composition—the remaining survivors, distributed among their dismembered peers, seem to rise out of the raft as they see a tiny glimmer of a ship on the horizon.
Giovanni Battista Gaulli (1639 - 1709).
Worship of the Holy Name of Jesus (1674–79).
Triumph in the Name of Jesus (1674–79).
(Collaborations with Gian Lorenzo Bernini)
Chiesa del Gesù. Roma. Italia.
Andrea Pozzo’s The Church of St. Ignazio. 1694. A masterpiece of Trompe l’oeil.
art history meme | [9/9] paintings:la liberté guidant le peuple, by eugène delacroix (1830)Perhaps Delacroix’s most influential and most recognizable paintings, Liberty Leading the People was created to commemorate the July Revolution of 1830, which removed Charles X of France from power. Delacroix wrote in a letter to his brother that a bad mood that had been hold of him was lifting due to the painting on which he was embarking (the Liberty painting), and that if he could not fight for his country then at least he would paint for it. The French government bought the painting in 1831, with plans to hang it in the room of the new king Louis-Philippe, but it was soon taken down for its revolutionary content. Lady Liberty was eventually the model for the Statue of Liberty, which was given to the United States 50 years later, and has also been featured on the French banknote.
art history meme: 9/9 paintings
Cafe Terrace, Place du Forum, Arles, Vincent van Gogh, 1888.
The different textures and striking complementary colors of this painting depict a now famous cafe in Arles, France, and is now considered one of van Gogh’s most beautiful works. No black pigments were used in this painting, despite the nighttime setting; instead, the cafe glows with a golden warmth, inviting the viewer in. Even the deep blues and purples are cool and refreshing, without the bleak overtones of some of his other night time paintings, like Wheatfield with Crows. After spending time studying with some of France’s Impressionist painters, van Gogh’s work takes on a brighter, more cheerful color palette than the typical darker Dutch coloring. His Cafe Terrace presents a striking contrast to the Night Cafe, which depicts the interior of the same cafe, only with sharply clashing colors and a dissonance similar to the urban violence found in Toulouse-Latrec’s paintings. Van Gogh loved to paint the night sky, despite his fondness for fairer subjects, like sunflowers and farms. “I often think that the night is more alive and richly colored than the day,” he remarked in a letter to his brother Theo in September, 1888.
Je me rappelle l’avoir peint au lycée, dans un cours d’arts visuels!
Je n’ai jamais été un grand fan de Van Gogh, mais celle-ci est juste magnifique.
Les couleurs!!! +.+