The DC Field Trip was a really cool opportunity to see imppressionist and modern artwork, as well simply experience the vast amount of artwork Present in the National Gallery of Art. The impressionist artwork really reflected my own appreciation of color and movement over detail, which makes me excited for the upcoming project. The bird exhibit in particular at the Smithsonian art museum was also really cool, but more that because of the sheer attention to detail and powerful imagery used in all of the artwork present. These two exhibits represent two very different reasons that I enjoy looking at art, and really revitalized my appreciation for art history.
Getting to see the French Impressionist Exhibit in the National Gallery was a really enjoyable part of our field trip on Friday. I have always enjoyed that style of artwork for its focus on color and movement over specific shapes and realism. I find Claude Monet's work, especially the Japanese Footbridge and Parasol Woman to be particularly enjoyable subjects. I also enjoyed getting to see the groups of images portraying the same scene at different times of day, as they really make you appreciate the color in the pieces.
This work, done by Aleta Pippin, is very similar to a much higher level form of what we are working on in class with out non objective monoprints, with its focus on color and expression over form. I particularly like these pieces because they incorporate strong gradients that I tried to create in my work on a much larger scale. The mixutre of color here is very well done, not being too boring while also not becoming muddled with too much area of transition on the picture plane. I also particularly like the dark lines that help to fill the space on the canvas without detracting from the focus on color.
While on a field trip to the National Gallery of Art in DC, I stumbled upon these four works of art. I was really shocked by both the size of the works and boldness of the colors that made me want to just walk into the picture frame and stare at the scenery. The paintings depict the path of life, and the relationship between God and man throughout that time. The digital images do nothing for the grandeur or brightness in these works in person, and I was stunned by the boldness of the colors throughout the works.
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