Presentation on theme: "The Art of Art: Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Art of Art: Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column Elements of ArtLineShape and FormSpaceTextureValue and LightColorTimeOrganizing PrinciplesRepetitionVarietyRhythmBalanceCompositional UnityEmphasisProportionRelationship to the Environment
2 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 In order to make these art pieces fit into our format, we need to select art from which we can readily draw a theme.In The Broken Column, we might conclude that “For women within patriarchy, life is painful and fraught with vulnerability” is a potential workable theme.Image from:
3 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 LineLines of womanLines of strapsHold her togetherDissect her, as wellLines of Ionic ColumnRepresent her spineAssociated with ancient Greece, an extreme patriarchyDirect our eyes upwardLines of background and SkirtMore subtleDepict terrain as dry and harshImage from:
4 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 Shape and FormIllusion of FormFemale figure appears to be placed before the background, skirt swirls before her legsShapes are clearly distinguishable, hard-edged, and concreteOnly skirt, hair, and breasts depict softnessShapeShapes suggest this woman is alone, vulnerable, and in pain, but also that she is strong.Image from:
5 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 SpaceFigure-Ground RelationshipWoman as figure:Emphasizes the woman’s object statusHorizon LineBegins at her neck, further emphasizing the column and the tear in her skin as the main subject of the paintingDirect Point-of-ViewShows us the message is clear, accessible, and un-obscuredImage from:
6 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 TextureSimulated TexturesHair, skin, and fabric are smoothTerrain is made up of varying rough-seeming texturesDetails of the nails/pins suggest sharp metallic texturesIonic column texture is rough, crumbling, and brokenImage from:
7 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 Value and LightValueInterpretive and dark, lending an air of depression and/or desperationLightingAppears to be simulation of sunlight on a cloudy or overcast daySource is before and above the female subjectImage from:
8 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 ColorLimited PaletteMajority of work, object and terrain background, are warm colors in the yellow,orange, brown, red spectrum.These are used locally, to represent what we think of as the reality of the situation.Woman’s skirt/bandages are pastel pink and white.Ground is a sandy and rocky brownHer skin is dark but with elements of pink, to resemble the skin of humans who live is warmer climates.Image from:
9 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 Color, continuedWarm vs. Cool ColorsThe warm skin and terrain colors are broken up by cooler colorsBy the white color of the bandages, that dissects the femaleBy the bluish-purple sky, which appears to be the second dominant, weighing down on the female in the painting, pulling in or limiting our view to her figure.Image from:
10 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 TimeIllusion of MovementThe only hint of movement we get from this painting is the flow of the skirt before the female figure.Otherwise, the painting, and the woman, is very static. The ground seems unchangeable, the woman herself, as one might expect with the stiff rocky column of her spine, does not seem very mobile at all.She is trapped by her very body into a life of little movement, pain, and harsh realities.Image from:
11 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 Final Analysis of Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944: Teaches us that life for women under patriarchy is destructive and painful.Lines hold her together while simultaneously dissecting her, much as patriarchy defines and destroys womenConcrete shapes define her rigid place in the worldHer position emphasizes her object status within the painting and within patriarchyThe sharp and harsh textures show how vulnerable the softer aspects of the woman are in the given environment.
12 Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column, 1944 Final Analysis, continuedThe darker subtle values and the absence of bright lighting on the subject show the entrapping nature of the woman’s position within patriarchy.The warm colors of the subject are interrupted and segmented by the brilliant whites of the bandages, and the cold dark sky seems to press the female subject down into the ‘frame” of the painting.The woman’s injuries suggest that painting’s static nature; the woman is trapped within herself, just as she is trapped within patriarchy.
13 Paintings to Analyze Please pick one of the paintings below to use for your form to content paper John William Waterhouse’s “I am Half Sick”Frida Kahlo’s The Love Embrace of the Universe
14 Pablo Picasso’s Harlequin Family with an Ape Grant Wood’s American GothicPablo Picasso’s Harlequin Family with an Ape