Mondrian Vs Wesselmann Essay

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Tom Wesselmann's GreatAmerican Nude vs Piet Mondrian's Composition in White, Black, and Red I found that out of all the nudes pictured in the text, Tom Wesselmann's GreatAmerican Nude conveyed men's societal views of women the best. The supposed vanity of women, as symbolized by the self-portrait placed on the table beside the perfume bottle. The telephone placed right under her breast, perhaps a symbol of availability. Her arm flung behind her head, another indication of welcoming, availability? The blooming, open, red rose, the very symbol of love. For men, women are sexual beings to be dominated, to be loved, and to give love, for many, unconditionally. Domination is humanities most lamentable liability..Color is a strong element in GreatAmerican Nude. Red and green dominate this painting. The color red represents strength, vibrancy, life. This woman is certainly vibrant looking, confident, happy; descriptions applicable to the color red. She is surrounded by red, by strength. The green, evidenced in the perfume bottle in front of the nude and the cushion behind her conflict with the male view of this woman. The perfume bottle, a man's desire for her to be sweet-smelling and alluring also represents her pride. The cushion is man's desire for a woman to be soft and compliant, but it also supports her and gives her strength.A woman's role in society, in my opinion, is based on a man's view of her. Tom Wesselmann's painting GreatAmerican Nude typifies how men see women. Faceless, vain, perfumed, sweet smelling concubines, waiting patiently and, naturally, naked and breathless for their man to arrive home and complete their day. What a silly notion. Wesselmann's treatment of the woman's face, or non-treatment of her face, symbolizes how man needs to see a woman. As a non-identity. It's much easier to use and abuse someone if you have no face attached. It's easier on your own conscience, no identity, no harm done.It's the same in time of war. If a soldier looks upon a country's people as a large group, it's much easier to kill the faceless individual. But once seen, eye to eye, face to face, I believe, it would be more difficult for that same soldier to take a life. At least I hope so.Piet Mondrian painted Composition in White, Black, and Red, in response to a horrific time in Holland's history. The starkness of this painting echoes the hopelessness of a whole people, a whole country, fighting to survive, fighting for a country they loved. The color black, typifying and accentuating the hopeless reality the people of Holland must have faced. The lone rectangle in the top left quarter of the painting balances the painting. It keeps the vertical line it touches from visually toppling over and out of the painting.The bold horizontal black lines seem to float above the background of white. They are unencumbered and unconstrained, they are infinite. They could move freely off the canvas at top and bottom, but at either side, they seem stopped, abruptly...

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