Alma Thomas, White Roses Sing and Sing, 1976, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of the artist, 1980.36.3
In section one, I chose “White Roses Sing and Sing” by Alma Thomas, which is an acrylic on canvas and created in 1976. Alma Thomas was an African American artist and she had best known as colorful paintings artist. Like I mentioned in the first wiki post of “The Nature and Purpose of Art”, Alma had quite a lot of paintings about flowers in the 1970s such as HYPERLINK ” t “_blank” Sparkling leaves among pink roses, HYPERLINK ” t “_blank” Garden of blue flowers rhapsody and White Roses Sing and Sing is one of her paintings in her flowers collection.
Alma had retired her teaching in 1960 and focused on her paintings, her main theme after 1960 was all about the natural, she “explored colors found in trees, flowers, gardens, and other natural imagery” and she re-colored them in her paintings. “White Roses Sing and Sing” is created 3 years after “White Daises Rhapsody”, which had the same bright green background but different in arranging the white petals.
In the ” White Roses Sing and Sing”, she arranged white petals in circle shapes related to rose shapes over a bright transparent green-yellow background. According to Brutt Force: “In 1970, Alma stated, “Through color, I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness, rather than on man’s inhumanity to man”. and yes, she delivered her energy to people via her colorful paintings to make viewers feel joy and happiness.
Jennifer Bartlett , Path, 2011, Oil on canvas
Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night, Saint Rémy, June 1889
Path, 2011 by Jennifer Barlett and The Starry Night, 1889 by Vincent van Gogh are two arts that I chose to compare in the second section. Jennifer Barlett was an American artist whose inspiration by the most famous painter, classical Italian and impressionist, Vincent van Gogh. I believe that a lot of people can easily recognize The Starry Night because it appears in everywhere on everything like mugs, T-shirts or the art classes flyers. If Path is a painting view via a door under your feet, The Starry Night is view through a window before sunrise and up to the sky. In Path, there were different color leaves, grass on the ground and in the center of the painting, there was a small way can lead to a garden. The Starry Night was created as a small village under the blue night sky with a big bright moon on the top right. Both paintings made me feel sad when looking at them; however, the sadness they brought to me is different. The leaves on the ground in Path described it’s the end time for the leaves; we all know that it is a natural cycle when leaves will fall apart from the trees go to the ground and then disappear; however, the new leaves will come when the Spring comes. The sadness from The Starry Night is somewhat depressing and desperation with dark blue-black night scene and the stormy clouds in the center. In a silent night at a straight line small village, the white-yellow with circle shape of the moon and the stars is the only bright subjects. I think the depression comes from via his mental illness, thoughts of suicide during Vincent van Gogh lived in the hospital. Path and The Starry Night were bringing nature into the paintings. The Starry Night was brought the moon, the sky to the village; when Path was a beautiful walkway with green grass and colorful leaves. Both paintings may have different in colors; however, they are all painted by the artists’ imaginations. Jennifer Bartlett and Van Gogh memorized things they saw and created paintings with their imaginations. In fact, a small village in The Starry Night has not existed.