Thursday, 9 June 2016

Paintings - what do we think of them?

I know very little about art, but nevertheless I find it very interesting.  There are many paintings that I don't like, or think that I wouldn't like and many that I do like.  I expect that is the same for many of us.  We all have different tastes, styles and interests after all.

Today I have three paintings to share with you that might or might not be your "thing".  I would have expected to like the first two and indeed I do like them.  The third is different and I will talk more about that in a moment.

These three paintings are all in the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.


I love snow scenes and have quite a thing for them in fact.  This painting is beautiful in my eyes.  I love the way that the snow has been captured.  It has a real sense of winter and of America for me.



This painting is perhaps a bit more traditional.  It is a landscape, something we are quite familiar with.  I think that it is a little more unusual though because of the snow.  You can really feel what the artist is trying to say in this picture.  Well, I think so!



The third painting I have to share is this one by Jackson Pollock.  I am not "into" modern art particularly.  Although there are some paintings that I really enjoy and of course in some ways how "modern" is this one now that it is over 65 years old. 

It seems amazing to me that we are thinking of this as quite "new" given how long ago it was painted.


I never would have expected to like any paintings by Jackson Pollock - although I would have said the same about Lichtenstein and Hockney and I like many of their works.  This painting was fascinating though.  To see it in real life rather than a picture is a very different experience.  You can feel the texture and movement and the combination of colours up close is very interesting.


Just as I try not to judge a book by its cover, I now try not to judge paintings by my first reaction or preconceived opinions.

I hope that you enjoyed these paintings and my thoughts.  I am joining with Barbara at Coastal Ripples for Paint Monthly.  Do go and see some other artwork at the link up here.

Amy

27 comments:

  1. I really liked the first one, his use of limited colors was so interesting. The others I liked less, though the Pollack was ok. Guess you can tell I'm not into modern art.

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  2. I love the first one, and even more after reading the biography of the artist and the piece. Thanks for sharing these, I learned something!

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  3. I too loved the first painting, he certainly captured the storm and the snow. I wasn't sure it depict America for me, it could have been anywhere but certainly a great painting.

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  4. The second one is my favourite but I'm afraid the Pollock one does nothing for me. I know nothing at all about art and therefore, I take it as I find it without any preconceived ideas.

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  5. I like the first winter painting very much, the second is perhaps too traditional to my taste. Pollock is so famous and lovely to look at in the museums but not on the living room wall :) If I had one I would sell it and travel around the world!

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  6. I don't have any preconceived idea I either like it or don't. I do however like reading about how a painting came to be. x

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  7. One can almost feel that sharp wind blowing the sleet across the snowy landscape in the first painting. I really like that Pollock painting even though I'm not much for 'modern or contemporary' artwork. Maybe it's the colours, swirls and the long narrow canvas but it appeals to me. I prefer a Constable country scene.

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  8. I absolutely love the first snowy picture. There is so much going on and as you say it tells a lot about the country. Pollock always makes me think of my job teaching. It was a unit I taught for ICT some years ago where you used a paint program on the computer to create artwork in the style of Pollock. My 7 and 8 year old children often created fantastic art work. Sadly non worth as much as the real thing! Many thanks Amy for joing in to Paint Monthly. Your post is great. B xx

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  9. Thanks for this post. I want to learn more about art. Your observations and the bios were interesting.
    I've just read The Greater Journey by David McCullough and I learned so much about american artists that trained in Paris and their well known art and sculpture.

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  10. The first one is very atmospheric and almost makes me shiver with cold from that snow. I love the Jackson Pollock and its energy, although probably could not live with it.

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  11. I like the first one best too. The Jackson Pollack doesn't seem as skillful but then perhaps that's what we're supposed to think! x

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  12. Love the first one and the Pollock. My daughter is an art historian so I'm forwarding this post to her.!

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  13. I like all of the paintings that you showed here. I love art, I wish I could see more of it. When I get to London, I always want to live in the art galleries, I love them so.

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  14. The first two are nice, but Pollock doesn't do anything for me. Maybe due to the fact the Australian government spent an exhorbitant amount on one of his paintings many years ago, which was ludicrous and I didn't like it anyway. How the past can influence you sometimes. Take care.

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  15. love the first two but hate the last one I like a painting to be a painting that the subject can be identified, there is a real skill in recreating an image on canvas with a medium that can be identified, modern art is in my view a lazy unskilled use of medium, it irritates me that modern art sells for so much money and a skilled artist who can recreate a thing of beauty gets very little recognition just my opinion :-)

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  16. I like the art you feature today, Amy. Thank you!

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  17. A great selection. The close-up of the Pollock does look amazing.

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  18. I like realism so I liked the first two better. I realize that some people like abstract art, but I usually think a child or anyone could throw paint at a canvas like some of those "paintings" I see and am amazed at the prices some people get when they reach cult status. :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  19. I too love the first two paintings but the second one reminds me of spiders...not a fan. ;)

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  20. I like the first one, especially after reading the description. I'm not a fan of the Jackson Pollack but maybe I would change me mind if I saw it in person.

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  21. I have to admit to a sneaky fondness for Jackson Pollock because making those 'messy' paintings is not as easy as it looks. (I've tried and they just end up looking like I spilled something.) I adore Hockney's work. A few years ago we visited his gallery at Saltaire and saw an exhibition of his portraits. It's amazing how he can create a likeness from apparently so few colours and strokes.

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  22. I love that top painting but I can't quite pinpoint why. I think it's because it has an air of cosy about it, despite the snow, that really appeals to me. I can't say that the last one appeals to me that much, although the method sounds like great fun! xx

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  23. I like them all. The Pippin piece evokes the most feeling, somehow, than all the others.

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  24. I love the second painting dearly! I could never "get" the Pollock "art". Not sure it really is art, at least to me it's not.

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  25. My knee jerk reactions are I love the first and could look at it for hours. The other two I could easily burn on a bonfire!! Isn't art funny at how personal it is!

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