Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Hieronymus Bosch

Ascent of the Blessed attributed to Hieronymus Bosch 1500-1504. This painting relates to the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe earlier in the blog as it uses a similar composition and way of framing the figures.

Pieter Bruegel Trees and barriers

16th Century painting of a landscape by Pieter Bruegel

Piet Mondrian Trees as barriers

Piet Mondrian Gray Tree 1911

Piet Mondrian Red Tree 1908

Here the trees are barriers that we are looking at the sky through. They are also a beautiful paintings.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Fernand Leger Scafolding as a barrier

Anselm Kiefer

Trees creating barriers Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth paintings of trees with the branches and leaves creating a screen or barrier that we are looking through

Edward Hopper Outside Looking In

Excellent paintings looking into spaces. Elements of Pop Art with hoardings, signs, lights and street furniture with atmospheric spaces. The windows are the barriers and we are looking into bright uptouchable spaces.

Edward Hopper website http://www.artchive.com/artchive/H/hopper.html
Excellent website on Edward Hopper exhibition http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2007/hopper/introduction/index.shtm

Edward Hooper Interiors With Windows

Edward Hooper superb American painter records these very cool spaces full of people deep in thought. Slightly melancholic

Andrew Wyeth Interiors With Windows

Andrew Wyeth works in watercolours building up wonderfully textured atmospheric paintings, often with a great sense of light

Andrew Wyeth Wikipedia webpage http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Wyeth
Andrew Wyeth's official website http://www.andrewwyeth.com

George Tooker

George Tooker painting of American Immigration Control with people queuing up to visit or move to America.

Subway Rather melancholic painting by George Tooker with the banisters and turn styles creating barriers

George Tooker Self Portrait with the hand obscuring the face or creating a barrier

George Tooker double portrait - door creates a barrier between the two figures and different moods.

George Tooker - slightly scarier image - is that a second figure or somekind of twisted reflection

http://www.tendreams.org/tooker.htm good webpage with good images that you can grab using print screen

David Hockney - Pearblossom Highway Photo Joiner

David Hockney - Pearblossom Highway Photo Joiner 1986
The roadsigns and instructions painted on the road create a barrier to the drivers etc.


Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Greek Vase Figures - link to Matisse

These do not particularly link to Barriers but they are similar to the Henri Matisse with the movement in the figures, the flowing shapes and flat colours.

Henri Matisse The Dance 1909

Here are two versions of Matisse's The Dance the top one is a sketch the lower one if the final painting. The painting shows circling figures with interesting use of negative space .

Matisse blue figure again with an interesting use of positive and negative space

Pablo Picasso image of figures - similar composition to the Matisse painting.

Monday, 21 January 2008

Kathe Kollwitz

Etching of a figure - look at how the hands create a barrier across the face a characteristic of Kollwitz's work.

Woman With Dead Child 1903

Survivors 1923 Lithograph

Call Of Death 1936

Out Of Work Lithograph

Kathe Kollwitz Museum http://www.kollwitz.de/

Kathe Kollwitz on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%A4the_Kollwitz

http://www.artnet.com/Galleries/Artists_detail.asp?gid=421&aid=3278239 more images

Vincent Van Gogh Prisoners Exercising

Vincent Van Gogh 'Prisoners Exercising' 1890 Vincent painted this towards the end of his stay at the asylum at Saint-Rémy. Thuis painting shows prisoners exercising so the figures create a barrier and they are contained by the physical barrier of the yard. Its easy to see how Vincent felt about the asylum. His painting is a stylised copy of an earlier print by Gustav Dore

Newgate - Exercise Yard Illustration by Gustav Dore from 'London, a Pilgrimage', written by William Blanchard Jerrold (1872)

Prisoners Kathe Kolwitz

Robert Mapplethorpe And Others The Human Figure

Robert Mapplethorpe 'Thomas' 1987 Photograph

Hendrick Goltzius
Phaeton from The Four Disgracers, late 16th century, first state dated 1588. Engraving, diameter: 12 15/16 inches.State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. OG-30417. © 2005 State Hermitage Museum.

Tondo or round Image on Greek Pottery

Robert Smithson Earthworks

Robert Smithson abstract sculpture here creates monumental scale earthworks, forming physical barriers in the landscape

Richard Serra Torqued Elipses Abstract Sculpture

Huge abstract sculptures that form barriers that have to walked around and through to be fully understood
his website for this installation http://www.spliteye.com/serra/
stunning website for a retrospective exhibition of his work - great audio and video http://moma.org/exhibitions/2007/serra/