Exhibition visited- Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art – National Gallery, London.
This exhibition showed the pervasive influence that Delacroix had on the generation of European artists that followed him. Works by Courbet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne and many others were on display and provided fascinating comparisons. Also it was shown how Delacroix copied Rubens and how this influenced his work.
Analysis of (1834) The Women of Algiers in the Apartment , (oil on canvas)in the exhibition.
This ‘sublime’ painting expresses the sensual atmosphere of a harem – a subject that is depicted through traditional western colonial ideas about the orient. It is the rendering of colour and light that makes it so ‘modern’ for its day. The colour scheme is based on red and green with violet, yellow, orange and blue. There are no defined edges which adds to the exotic atmosphere of the work. The light from the top hand left side of the picture is important revealing the colour which expresses both smell and touch. So Delacroix creates emotional sensation through colour and tone, something that Bonnington,Bonnard, amd many impressionists, among others, were to develop.
A stimulating exhibition which I will re-visit.
(Ref: (1997) /Acton, Mary, Learning to Look at Paintings, Routledge).
STRUCTURE– I drew a skeleton that is in the art room of the Mary Ward centre and then from this drawing made some prints. Drawing the skeleton was valuable in making me more aware of the bone structure of the figure.
Ex 1 Drawing parts of my body.
Quite difficult drawing separate parts of the body but had a go at hands, feet, arms , elbows and necks- mostly in my sketchbook. It helped to think of the overall shape of hands and feet and the spaces inbetween. I have always found hands very difficult to draw so was pleased I got a sense of them as above.
Ex 2 Three figure drawings.
Standing figure – an hours pose.
I felt I had got the weight of the model standing but the arm was not good. I also had difficulty with the models hand.
2. Sitting pose.
Felt I had captured a certain mood but found the hand very difficult and disappointed that I didn’t get the figure completely in the picture – would have done better to have started more to the right.
3. Lounging figure. I used watercolour pencils and added water. I liked drawing this very large and fat model as it reminded me of a landscape. I was interested in the way she had her neck ,( rather uncomfortably) extended, and the expression on her face. I included another member of the class drawing her as I think this added to the focus on the main figure.