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Still Life Analasys Of Van Beyeren, Gorky, And Wesslemann

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Still Life Paper AssignmentIn A Roemer with Grapes, a Pewter Plate and a Roll, van Beyerendepicts a pewter with some grapes on it on a table with a glass of what I see aswine, and off to the side there is a roll with some sort of topping. My firstthought was that this was a snack/meal for someone of the upper or upper-middle class. The caption said, however, that this was a painting of aneveryday scene. I can only derive two things: 1) van Beyeren was upper orupper-middle class 2) people lived in the Netherlands and every body drankwine and ate 'rich' food.The arrangement of the items is somewhat casual as if the consumerhad to answer the door or some other relatively urgent occurrance. I'm not thebest art anyalist, but it seems that van Beyeren doesn't do much for spacing.It looks as if all the items are about to fall off the table. The table has 'big'features (i.e.: large legs, thick wood panels, etc.), however, the table has arather shallow appearence. This gives the whole painting shallow space.It seems as if van Beyeren painted A Roemer with Grapes... quickly. Heused good lighting, shading, etc., but the evident brushsrokes adds a 'quick'effect. It looks like he painted it as fast as the person eating placed his fooddown to attend to something else.Van Beyeren uses dark, earth-tone-style colors (which I believe addsmore to the upper-class feel). There are really no bright or highly contrastingcolors.Van Beyeren uses thick paint and heavy brushtrokes to characterize thispainting. Even though this painting has heavy brushtrokes, it still has anevident, 'finished' quality. The work looks complete, and seems to haverealistic look to it.Composition with Vegetables by Gorky is a simple painting of a variety ofvegetables on a table with possibly a cutting board. I suppose Gorky paintedthese objects because the people to whom she gave this painting to likedvegetables. Also, I don't know what the economic implications of the artist orthose of the recievers of the gift, but it could be a picture of the hope of a betterfuture to come (being able to afford better food). It could also be the opposite.Gorky could be expressing the fact that they are relatively well-off and she isshowing that she, and/or the recievers, are able to afford the good-life. I feel itcould be the first since the inpending Great Depression was about to start in ayear. In that case the picture could also be a rememberance of better times.Or, it just could have been an easily accessable subject no matter whateconmic implications or if the recievers liked vegetables or not.The arrangement of the vegetables is completeley random. Due to thesynthetic cubist style of the picture, any determinable space would be obliviousto me. Maybe it's just the style, but it seems that there are several tables,however, tht smaller rectangular shape on what seems to be the 'main' tablelooks as if it is a cutting board.Gorky, possibly due to the synthetic cubist style, makes the vegetablesvery...

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