Art Appreciation Paper

The geometric shapes in the painting stand out, but somehow are downplayed by the strong use of natural surroundings. The Tomb in the lower middle stands out particularly well because it is highlighted. The texture displayed in this piece is simulated. However, the feeling of soft clouds, and the rigid nature of the trees gives this painting a feel natural, realistic feeling. This false sense of texture breaks the cold, smoothness of the tombs, and the dilapidated building in the background. Value is given with the strong sense of light that shines on the clouds and the buildings as well. Keeping with the feeling of opposition the burst of light is contradicted by the remainder of the painting keeping a fairly gloomy and eerie feeling. There is a certain cohesiveness through the use of dark colors, while variety is given with the differences in shapes. In this particular piece the light source and consequent shadows were consistent. The flow of the painting first caught my eye with the brightly lit coffin, from there my eye was drawn up along the strong lines of the tree. From that point my eye was carried left along the clouds, and down with the rainbow. Once

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Jewish Cemetery, Endymion Endymion, Institute Arts,


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