Hi! Art is awesome… Here’s another post. This week’s topic — Expressionism!

We will first be talking about Paul Gauguin’s “At The Large Black Rocks.” He painted it in 1889.

If we look at the rock to the left in the foreground, we can see a face quite clearly. Did Gauguin paint this on purpose?  Also, the sea seems to blend and almost morph into the sky, and vice versa. The emotions he was trying to convey seem to mainly be wonder and how one thing can look like another, illusion.

Gauguin was a Frenchman, born on June 7th, 1848, married in 1873 at the age of 25. In 1883, Gauguin moved to stay for a while with Camille Pissarro. In 1888 he painted some in Arles on a trip with his friend Vincent Van Gogh. The adventure ended with something near tragedy, when Van Gogh threatened him with a knife. Gauguin left Arles.
Some years later, his health began quickly deteriorating.  At 54 years of age, he died on May 8, 1903.  He is buried in Calvary Cemetary in Atuona, which is somewhere near French Polynesia.

The second expressionist painting we will be discussing will be “The Large Blue Horses” by Franz Marc.

This piece is of what appears to be three horses.  But there are hints that there are more than three. To the lower right, there is an extra bit of blue by the third horse’s tail.  A leg of another, perhaps? Notice the red hills in the background. what emotion do they show? Anger? Madness? …Hope?
Accompanied by a colorful dawn, it appears that hope is the answer.

Franz Marc was born on February 8th, 1880.  He began his art in approximately 1905.  He started so late because he was origianally gig to be a priest, but it didn’t work out. Franz was influenced heavily by Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, and Paul Gauguin.  Later in life,  he developed a fixation for painting animals.  We see this in his paintings such as “The Yellow Cow” and “The Red Horses.”  He Died on March 4th, 1916, in Verdun, France.

Expressionist art presents a variety of different emotions.


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