Painting Essay Topics

Analysis of Violin and Candlestick by Georges Braque

Braque’s oil painting is a cubistic still-life. It’s content seems to be made up of what looks like his belongings – a violin, a fruit bowl, a candlestick, a newspaper etc. As he lived in Paris at the time this painting was produced, these belongings would have been in his apartment in one of the… View Article

Thomas Hart Benton

Described by former U.S. President Harry Truman as the best painter in America, Thomas Hart Benton led a new art movement in the country in an era when modernism and abstract art were in vogue. Benton, the scion of a famous political family in Neosho, Missouri, is one of the widely recognized popular artists in… View Article

Painter: Thomas Cole

Summary: Thomas Cole the English American landscape painter is best known for his canvass country landscape paintings. The “world outdoors” as it appeared to the painter. Although, his allegorical pieces were considered a failure, however, he had captured artistic peers that had learned from his mastery. It’s an artist belief that the art makes sense… View Article

Thy Will Be Done, Chester Arnold

Among all paintings, Chester Arnold’s “Thy Will Be Done” attracts me the most. It gives me a sense of intricate and dreadful feelings. The painting depicts an uneven and muddy construction landscape where construction materials scattered are everywhere. Unfinished constructions may still be seen on the left portion where blocks are scattered and unfinished. However,… View Article

Comparison of Three (3) Paintings

Theme: The Battle of the Amazons, 1618 by Pieter Pauwel Rubens seems to be of war, violence and the dire need to finish a battle no matter the cost while the Heart of the Andes, 1859 by Frederic Edwin Church seems to be about the vastness and beauty of nature in its balance of contrasts… View Article

Painter: Thomas Cole

Summary: Thomas Cole the English American landscape painter is best known for his canvass country landscape paintings. The “world outdoors” as it appeared to the painter. Nature was his favorite subject as can be seen from his works. Although he preferred to create landscape paintings of nature he also has a few allegorical works. All… View Article

Picasso`s Le Demoiselles d`Avignon

Undoubtedly, Picasso intended his 1907 painting “Le Demoiselles d’ Avignon” to shock audiences and, in particular, art-critics and artists. Evidence that Picasso intended to shock the public with this work is apparent in the painting’s title and subject matter, “a large and strange canvas based on memories of a brothel in the Rue d’Avignon, Barcelona”… View Article

Demoiselles d’Avignon and Grand Nu

Pablo Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907) and Georges Braque’s Grand Nu (1908) are both crucial works of modernist painting from the same place and period. Though both artists were pioneers of Cubism, these works use markedly different styles; while Picasso’s work inspired Cubist painting, which used simultaneous views of multiple angles, Braque’s is a classic work… View Article

Pablo and Braque: Art after World War I

World War I left a tremendously lasting impact all over the world. The economic, social and governmental devastation were immeasurable.  The war begins in 1914 and lasted four years.  Eight million people lost their lives many being civilians in what has been called the Great War.    Europe was left totally destroyed economically and socially. Europe… View Article

Two Italian Paintings

The Madonna and Child subject matter was culled from Duccio di Buoninsegna’s (considered the father of Sienese painting) “Maestá” which depicts “the Madonna and Child enthroned with saints and angels on the front of its two-sided panel (“Sienese Paintings”). Enriching each painting are Byzantine influences, the so-called International Gothic Style and the work of seven… View Article

Picasso’s Girl before a Mirror

At first glance, Pablo Picasso’s painting Girl before a Mirror makes use of colors that are not as lively as they seem in contrast with the lighter and more vibrant colors. It can also be immediately observed that the painting makes use of lines that were drawn freehand, or that the lines do not appear… View Article

The Complexity of Relationships

What happens when a servant and a master form a secret relationship? Not in the way one would think of but a person who forms a close relationship with their master than necessary are usually looked down upon. Girl with a Pearl Earring talks about the experiences and the relationship Griet forms working for Johannes… View Article

Comparison Between Two Paintings

During the 14th century, when the beginning of the Renaissance took place, Florence was one of the main political, economic, and artistic cities in Europe. The Black Death, the plague that reduced the population of Florence, and the difficulties Florence encountered by this time explain the heavy influence of gothic style in architecture and the… View Article

The Origin of the World – by Gustave Courbet

This painting is by Guastave Courbet who created it in 1866. The painting has a close up view of a woman lying on a bed. The painting specifically show her belly and the legs are spread. According to the painting, this is a Caucasian woman. Her breasts are developed and she has pubic hair. We… View Article

Filipino Artist

Fernando Amorsolo – Most of his paintings portrayed the Filipino culture, tradition, and customs like Filipino fiestas. He became popular because of his illuminated landscapes and his historical paintings on which you can see the real reflection of a Filipino soul. Some of his major works were: * The Bombing of the Intendencia (1942) *… View Article

Short Essay: Impressionism

Impressionism or the Impressionist school of painting was one of the most popular genres of art practiced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The name derives from the unfinished look, which these paintings seem to project, are rather the creation of the impression, which they leave on the mind of the viewer. The… View Article

Frida Kahlo

The “Henry Ford Hospital” (The Flying Bed) completed in 1932, created by the artist Frida Kahlo was her first painting on tin. The painting contains all components of “Frida Style” ex-voto (retablo); which is small in size, painted on tin, portrays a tragic event and an inscription. The style used for this painting is Surrealism…. View Article

The Use of Light in Bill Henson and Caravaggio’s Work

Through the use of light, artists continue to receive a strong emotional response from the audience. This is an essential element of an audience’s perception of a work – it may determine whether the artwork is perceived as happy or depressing, or even provides the difference between whether the work is friendly and welcoming, or… View Article

Pablo Picasso’s Life, Works and Contributions to Art

Art allows us to look at the world from a different and unique perspective; all of us interpret artwork differently. It is a great way for people to express feelings, ideas, concepts and ideologies, and for some, it helps us express whatever cannot simply be defined by words. Art gives you freedom to explore things… View Article

Philippine Arts

* 1. Filipino Painters :The Few Cream of the Crop * 2. Damian Domingo “The First Great Filipino Painter”AKA Damian Gabor Domingo “Father of Filipino Painting” 1st Filipino to paint his face 1st self-portrait in the Philippines Academia de Dibujo y PinturaDate of Birth: 1796Birthplace: Tondo, Manila, PhilippinesYear of Death: 1834 * 3. La Sagrada… View Article

Vmfa Museum Paper – Art History

After visiting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, I will write about four art works. The first one is called Salome Receiving the Head of St. John the Baptist by Andrea Solario. The work is very colorful, and it shows chiaroscuro with the dark background and light on the faces of Salome and John the… View Article

Art Critque – Mona Lisa Overdose

Using the different elements of art, the artist organized the elements to provoke a feeling of puzzlement and surprise to the audience. The Mona Lisa, being a famous painting, was distorted in a way that it projects a different emotion from the original one. Lorenzana presented the distortion of the proportion and scale of the… View Article

Botticelli-Saville Comparitive Art

The image of the nude is timeless, fundamental and universal. It has the ability to incite intense interest, yearning and even repulsion in the viewer. We often find that images of the nude reflect upon society’s attitudes towards beauty and gender issues. These issues are strongly highlighted in Jenny Saville’s nakedly confrontational ‘Propped’, which encompasses… View Article

Philippine Art Movement

Sabel and the Dreamer Mark Justani created an oil painting entitled Abot Tanaw last 1997. In this painting, there’s a flying white kite and a floating person trying to reach for some sort of star in the night sky. The first thing that I noticed was the star the subject was trying to reach. It… View Article

Simon Flores

Simon De La Rosa Flores was descended from a family of artisans originally from Balayan, Batangas. Uncle Pio De La Rosa taught Simon the rudiments of the arts when he was in his teens. Later, he enrolled at the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura, studying under Lorenzo Guerrero and Lorenzo Rocha. Flores first gained attention… View Article

Painting Styles

Neoclassic Art, Impressionist Artworks and Abstract Expressionism are very identifiable by their form, painting style and the era they speak of. All three have some comparisons and some very evident contrasts. The Neoclassic era of art reflected resurgence in the interest of the Greek and Roman Eras. People of this time were interested in seeing… View Article

Legion of Honor Trip

This semester marked the first time I had stepped foot onto any type of school or college in over six years. I must say things have changed. Everything seems to be taken over by the internet and I’m not exactly sure I like this idea just for the fact that it takes away from past… View Article

Pablo Picasso and Peter Howson

The artists I examined were both two very portraiture artists The two I am going to examine are: Pablo Picasso who designed the image called ”The Weeping Woman” in 1937 and Peter Howson who created ”The Boxer” in 1977. Pablso Picasso a spannsih painter who used cubism styles to design his posters designed ”The weeping… View Article

Renoir and Mayo Art Comparative Analysis

While both Renoir and Mayo’s art are similar in that they are both from earlier time periods, they are different in culture and where each scene from the painting takes place. Renoir’s painting is a French impressionism, while Mayo’s is contemporary American folk art. Renoir’s piece, Juenes filles au Piano, was painted in 1892, during… View Article

The Trials of Artemisia Gentileschi: A Rape as History

This reading is about Artemisia Gentileschi and her stuggle through life as a female painter. Her father was a painter and she learned all of her skills through him. At this time in history it was very rare to find a female artist. Because Artemisia was raped at a very young point in her career,… View Article