Non Western Blog Two

In the painting, “Planting Chryanthemums,” by Lu Zhi, during the Ming dynasty, is a subtle example of the increase in used colors during this period in art. In this painting Lu Zhi, has also written a poem. Zhi had to sell his paintings to support his family during the time. In all the readings, I learned that Zhi, lived a pretty peaceful life and when he retired, he lived in the mountains West of Suzhou.

Planting Chrysanthemums. Lu Zhi. Undated.

In this ink painting, you can see a small house with a man who looks to be gardening in his home. I enjoy the small use of blue to shade some of the trees and that there looks to be a hint of green as well. Most of the ink drawings and paintings of this time were not colored. I also like that the ink painting seems to be very detailed, yet impressionistic at the same time.


1. Lu Zhi

2. Ming Dynasty

Non Western Blog One

I chose a painting by Frida Kahlo, The Little Deer.

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Kahlo painted this surreal painting in 1946. Frida was born in Mexico and was a famous Surreal painter of the country. She was influenced by Salvador Dali. Frida lived a very unconventional life and it would only be natural if her paintings were also unconventional. In this painting, she paints her face on the body of a deer that has been shot with many arrows. In many of her paintings she does a “self” portrait and this is the common expression she has herself in. I enjoy surreal paintings very much and it is amazing how different her style is compared to her influence, Dali.


1. Frida Kahlo

2. The Little Deer

Post Modern Blog

The type of art that I chose to talk about was 3D street art. I think that this medium takes extreme talent and patience. The artist has to know perspective very well and be able to get up to check how the piece is coming along.

Two artists that have some extremely beautiful street art are Kurt Wenner and Edgar Mueller. Kurt Wenner attended school in Rhode Island and in 1984, he was said to be the inventer of 3D street art. He did many pieces in Europe and because of the religious influence there, many of his pieces reflected that.

The Giant. Kurt Wenner. 2007.


Gears of War. Kurt Wenner. 2006.

God of War. Kurt Wenner. 2011.

I like his pieces, because they are all very realistic, yet he can mix in some science fiction. In most of his pieces, he seems to use neutral colors, rather than bright ones. I really enjoy his work.

Edgar Muller got noticed for his art work by entering many art competitions in Europe. One thing that he says he likes to cover public areas and give them new appearances. One of his inspirations was Kurt Wenner.

Tribute To The Elements. Edgar Muller. 2012.

Duality. Edgar Muller. 2010.


Ptuj, Slovenia. Edgar Muller. 2009.

I like Edgar Mullers, paintings better, because he does more landscapes and nature scenes. He uses more bright colors and works on a larger scale for most of his pieces. Although, Muller is “newer” to 3D street art, I feel that his pieces are more appealing to me.



1. Edgar Muller

2. Kurt Wenner


Early Modern Art

Early modern art was a time when artists were protesting the war and economic down fall. The different styles of art and artists that came out of this time period were some of my favorite. Such, as, Salvador Dali.

During this period in Art, there were many traumatic events. During World War One, a German print maker and painter named Otto Dix, was known for his harsh depictions of the German’s involvement in the war. During the World War, Dix was eager to volunteer in the German army and after he was injured several times during the war, he was discharged.

Dix was so severely affected by what he saw during the war, that the images took over his paintings and prints.

Stormtroops Advancing Under Gas. Otto Dix. 1924.

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In this print, Dix depicts his version of the horror of the German soldiers releasing this Mustard Gas on the opposing side. These pieces are a great example of how the art of the time could show people how the events were seen in their eyes. Both of these images are very powerful and could definitely sway people to oppose the war of the time.

Wounded Soldier. Otto Dix. 1916.

Otto DIX, Verwundeter (Herbst 1916, Bapaume)  [Wounded soldier - Autumn 1916, Bapaume], plate 6 from Der Krieg


People today still think that Otto Dix, depictions of the war showed inhumanity to the people of the time and what we are capable of in a time of war. His paintings and prints during the time were used as anti-war statements and showed the common person the ugly reality of the war. Dix was later arrested, but not tried for plotting to help over throw Hitler. This was because of his experience during WWI.





Impressionism is one of my favorite styles. In my opinion, all the styles prior were beautiful, but Impressionism was one of the demonstrations of how creative artists were. I like the idea that the style is a representation of how artists saw different subjects. In a way, we are seeing an expression of the subject through the eyes of an artist that can not be “really” duplicated.

One of my favorite artists of the Impressionism style is Edgar Degas. He went through a phase in his paintings were he did a lot of ballerinas. In the painting, “Blue Dancers,” There is slight detail in the dresses and dancers, yet there faces are not completely seen.

Edgar Degas “Blue Dancers” 1899.

Blue Dancers, c.1899 - Edgar Degas -

Here is another example of Degas dancers and his Impressionistic style.

Edgar Degas, “The Green Dancer.”

The Green Dancer - Edgar Degas -

Impressionism is unlike any other style. The Baroque period, for example, was a more realistic style and religiously driven. There were also paintings that showed daily life like Impressionism, just more realistic. One baroque artist, Johannes Vermeer, did several life paintings. One titled, “The Milkmaid,” was a realistic depiction of the subjects life. The painting was meant to look like a photo.

Impressionism is one of my favorite styles and in my opinion was when artists finally felt that they could be creative with their work and not have to do what they thought society wanted to see. I am glad that we still see many Impressionistic artists today and I hope that we continue to always have them.

Johannes Vermeer. The Milkmaid.







The Classical Era

John Trumbull’s piece, “Declaration of Independence,” was an oil painting of the presentation of the Declaration of Independence to Congress. His painting became popular enough to be on the back of the two dollar bill. John Trumbull did many paintings during the American Revolution, which were of scenes of the war or generals of the war.

I like that in this piece, there is actually movement in the picture. The delicate lighting makes you believe that it is actually coming threw a window. One thing I do not care for is that the colors are not very vibrant.

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Alexandre Debelle’s painting, “The Day of the Tiles,” shows the uprising in Grenoble, France, which the people called the beginning of the French Revolution. In the painting, people are in the streets rioting and you can see smoke in the background.

I enjoy how this picture shows chaos in the streets and the military trying to hold the people back. This painting holds my attention more because of the brighter colors and use of light.

The song, “Chester,” by William Billings, was a patriotic song during the American Revolution. The song was made to rally the troops and spoke of breaking free from New England’s control. Later on, the song was changed to have a more religious tone.

I like the instrumental version of the piece the best. I have heard it a few times before and I like the smooth transitions in the notes of the music.

These pieces all relate well to the Revolution during the 1700’s. The art was used to record history and music during the time was used to rally the troops and tell stories of the war. While some of the paintings during this time period were not visually stimulating, the paintings depicting battle were very interesting and could be considered informative pieces.

1. Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence.

2. French Revolution Paintings.

3. Day of the Tiles.

4. Chester, Billings.

Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith Slaying Holofernes”

In the piece, Judith Slaying Holofernes, Gentileschi depicts a scene from the Old Testament where Holofernes was seduced then beheaded by Judith. This oil painting was done around 1611 and is a very emotional piece. The painting has Judith and her maid, graphically beheading Holofernes with a dagger. The painting has one source of light and the expressions on the faces of the women is very calm, which is surprising for the content of the piece.

One theory for why Gentileschi made the painting so graphic is that she made herself as Judith and a man named, Agostino Tassi, as Holofernes, who was tried for raping her, (Wikipedia Judith Slaying Holofernes). To me, this painting represents the messages of the Council of Trent. The council wanted art to convey the teachings of the church and be full of emotion, (Wikipedia, Council of Trent). Which this piece clearly has.

The things that drew my eye to this painting were the calm expressions of the women and the violence of the piece. The women being so calm, tells the viewer that they had planned to do this for some time. The painting is very graphic without being gruesome. Overall, I really enjoyed the piece because of its use of color and the realism. Paintings with character are more pleasing to my eye than typical paintings seem during this time period.

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1. Judith Slaying Holofernes.

2. Council of Trent

Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.”

The piece of artwork that I enjoyed was, “The Birth of Venus,” by Sandro Botticelli. I enjoy this piece because of the real beauty I see in it. I also like that the subject matter is in the middle of the painting and one of the things you learn in art class, (depending on your teacher,) is to not put the subject there. The colors that Botticelli used are not harsh on the eyes and everything works together.

The piece was painted in 1468 by Botticelli for the Medici family, (Wikipedia). The painting was done tempera, which was a color pigment mixed with usually egg yolk. “The Birth of Venus,” shows the goddess Venus, emerging from the sea, fully grown. Around her there are two individuals blowing the wind and another to wrap her in sheets. The most notable things about the style of the painting are that Botticelli made Venus have a long neck and slightly disproportionate body parts.

There are several interpretations of this painting, because the painting was produced for Lorenzo de’ Medici. Since there is no actual interpretation, we only have the scholars of the past to go off of. Some believed that Venus represented divine love, while others thought her physical beauty allowed others to understand spiritual beauty. When I look at this painting, I think that it represents real beauty and the beauty of the goddess Venus (Wikipedia).

The artist, Botticelli, studied under Lorenzo de’ Medici, which explains why he was chosen to create the painting, “The Birth of Venus.” This was one of Botticelli’s reputation boosting paintings, due to the support of the Medici family, (Wikipedia, Sandro Botticelli).

This painting is a more common painting during the Italian Renaissance that people recognize. What most people may not know is the artist. “The Birth of Venus,” shows a divine beauty and since there is no “real” interpretation from the artist for the painting, it may be strictly for beauty. Either way, the support of the Medici’s making the painting well known, led us to Botticelli’s other works.

“The Birth of Venus”

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1.  “Sandro Botticelli”

2. “The Birth of Venus”

3. “Sandro Botticelli: Famous Artist of the Medici”

A little about me

Hello all!

Here is a quick blurb about me. My name is Sam and I have graduated from UAF already, but I am continuing classes. I am the forever a student type. I married my high school sweetheart 4 years ago and we enjoy all the adventures we get ourselves in. I am a Certified Medical Assistant and because of the current changes in availability of Nursing programs, I am considering getting the degree I wanted when I first started college, a Bachelors in Art with education. I am also thinking when I am feeling super ambitious, I am going to take up the Cello again.

When I am not doing homework, you can find me in my homemade painting studio, usually with my heavy metal blaring. I enjoy living in Alaska, being born and raised here, my husband and I never plan on leaving.

As far as this class goes, I am looking forward to learning about more eras and examples of music and art I have not heard of before.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. I am terrible at this blogging thing. :/