This art by André Derain (up) inspired my art (left).
Common Assessment #1
The influencing artist of my Fauvist artwork is André Derain, specifically Charing Cross Bridge, London,. Derain is one of the artists who led the Fauvist art movement. One of the reasons his art was so impactful is because of his use of unnatural colors, which opposed traditional art. In 1906, Derain was sent to paint the city of London. His paintings of London contained the separation of colors that effectively conveyed fragmentation of color. As with all comparable objects, my work and Derain's work have similarities and differences. Both of our works used the art style of Fauvism. Our media differed, with Derain using oil on canvas and me using paint on canvas. Our subject matter contrasted as well. He painted a specific city, London, but I didn't paint any specific location. I painted where my mind chose to travel. Derain painted London because he was sent by an art dealer, Ambroise Vollard. This definitely is not a similar case for me. Outside influences for both of us included our peers, his including Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso and mine including my classmates. I do not believe the artist would like my Fauvist artwork in his later life. He has been described by Pablo Picasso's mistress as mocking, cold, and an arguer. He also eventually left his years as a Fauvist painter behind him and moving towards classicism, the term for traditional art. It remains unknown whether he could still appreciate Fauvist art after ceasing to paint Fauvist artwork himself.
Common Assessment #2
Canopy of Colors Inspired by: "Girl with Flowers", Benny Andrews Media: Oil and Collage on Canvas
A woman stands, withered away by the course of life, She is surrounded by a sea, a spectrum of spirited colors, Every line has a slight curve in their meaningful path, Each shape builds onto a symbol of existence, Values subtly affect the appearance of the piece, Texture is evident from the human body to the plant nearby, All of the details within the work are surrounded by blank space, Blank space circled the girl with flowers.
The flowers held in front of the woman's face called out louder than anything else, Regardless, every color, line, and shape combined to create an asymmetrical balance, The proportions of the piece give a slightly eerie atmosphere, This makes the colors seem like a canopy to hide the true message of the artwork, The proportion of the woman increases the emphasis on everything except for her darkened face, Inconsistent lines and shapes throughout the entire work unified the piece, The bark of the tree draws attention to the movement of the lines that detail it, Yet a wide variety of colors are present at the same time, No matter their presence on the color wheel.
The tree represents the life the woman led, The flowers at the bottom of the tree represent the purity of her childhood, The artistic elements that flooded the middle of the tree represent her time as a teenager and a young adult, Those years were hectic and all those colors used to seem so important, But now that it's over, it all looks like a random assortment of shapes and colors, The top of the tree represented her elderly years, the part that appeared the brightest, However, the treetop's
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