Hello everyone! I'm happy to have found an affordable and structured course like this one. I hope to finish these two introduction courses and then move forward in a butt-kicking manner.
1. Anne-Louis Girodet - The Burial of Atala
I learned that the there are two strong focuses in this piece, the woman who is bathed in light and the cross in the background which is a symbol of both religion and her death. A few secondary area are light to tell the story: The weeping man and the spade. The monk is dimly lit, and seems quite ominous. There is a lot of subtle detail in this piece and it would take me longer to get them out I think.
2. Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun - CharlesAlexandre_de_Calonne
There are some very strong details in this piece, but the most lit areas tend to be the ones of focus: His face and his papers. Telling us he was an important man of business. His head is wonderfully framed and carefully surrounded by a tone of gradient to make it pop from the background. His suit is really simplified and hardly lit or detailed at all, this would have detracted from the important features in the piece.
3. Eugene de Blaas - Contemplation
Is a very delicate piece. The focus of the painting is all in the contrasts of her bossom and face. The other areas are some details in her hand and dress. Even though it looks very detailed there is only enough detail to draw your eye up and towards her face. The simple background helps focus on the figure.
4. 04. Charles-Webster-Hawthorne - BeforeTheBall
I like this painting because it has really high contrast of almost pure black and pure white. The subject matter of the woman viewing her younger self in the mirror is very contemplative and adds a secondary area of focus. Her waist cloth breaks up the large wedding gown and separates the top and bottom of the image in terms of weight, this allows us to focus on the top two figures and then later admire her gown. The curtain on the right is preventing the black from becoming too severe in highlighting her obvious silhouette.
05. Frank Frazetta - A Fighting Man on Mars
This piece is deceptively complex in details. The light falls specifically on the main focus: the sexy babe. And then on the sword hilt and the man's helmet -drawing us to his face. I really like how Frazetta uses a tanned figure for the man. It gives us the excuse to ignore that big leg in the forground and instead focus on her. I didn't find the time to finish her hand, but I hardly need to, I think it reads even without it.