Presentation on theme: "Art criticism is studying, understanding, and judging works of art."— Presentation transcript:
1 Art criticism is studying, understanding, and judging works of art. Henri Matisse, Harmony in Red, 1908, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2 What if you don’t know what an artwork is communicating? How can you figure it out?Follow the steps of art criticism to help you discover clues to better understand a work of art
3 The Steps of Art Criticism Description (Literal Qualities): What do I see? (Size, media, process, subject)Analysis (Design Qualities): How is the work organized? (elements and principles)Interpretation (Expressive Qualities): What is the artist trying to communicate? Meaning? Mood?Judgment: Is this a successful work of art?
5 Red roomWallpaperChairs, woodenTable, table clothWomanFruit & wineCut flowers in vaseWindowLandscapeTrees, bushes, flowers, buildingColours- red, blue, green, yellow, white, black
6 2. Analysis How is the work arranged? Break down the painting into its composition, or the way the art principles are used to organize the art elements.
7 ELEMENTS OF ART/DESIGN Colour=Line=Shape=Form=Space=Texture=Value=
8 ELEMENTS OF ART/DESIGN Colour = red, blue, yellow, green, black, whiteLine = straight-outline table, chairs / curvy- flower pattern / horizontal, verticalShape = geometric / organicForm = flattened, table blends in with backgroundSpace = crowded space, flattened planeTexture = patternsValue = flat, so shading
9 PRINCIPLES OF ART/DESIGN Unity=Balance=Emphasis=Movement/Rhythm=Proportion=Variety=
10 PRINCIPLES OF ART/DESIGN Unity= color, shape & line, everything belongsBalance= woman-chair, room- window, asymmetricalEmphasis= woman arranging fruit, colour red, contrast between red and green, black and white, straight vs curvy linesMovement/Rhythm= diagonal bottom right to top left, curved lines of pattern & trees, repeated curved pattern in wallpaper, cloth, trees, dots of colour in lemons and flowersProportion= perspective is offVariety = lines, colours, shapes,
11 3. Interpretation What do you think Matisse is trying to communicate? Give your opinion based on the clues you have collected.What ideas, moods, emotions, and stories do you think the artwork communicates?
12 How does the predominant redness make you feel? In Matisse's Harmony in Red, red is the predominant colour in the painting.How does the predominant redness make you feel?
13 The colour red usually makes one feel warmth because it is associated with fire, but also because the colour red has a physiological effect that excites and stimulates.More energy is reflected from warm colours than from the cooler ones. "Warm" colours - red, yellow and orange - traditionally are thought to evoke feelings of heat, whether psychological or real.
14 4. Judgment Do you think this work is successful? Why or why not? What reasons can you give for your idea of why this is a successful or unsuccessful artwork?
15 Now look at the painting by Marc Chagall called Paris Through the Window and answer each of the art criticism questions on your own:Description: What do I see?Analysis: How are elements and principles of art used?Interpretation: What is the artist trying to communicate?Judgment: Is this a successful work of art?