Monthly Archives: February 2015

Marielos Osorio-The style of Dutch 17th and 18th Century sill life painting

The style of Dutch 17th and 18th Century sill life painting has many components. What I can observe are the complementary colors. The paintings have colors like green and red or blue and orange. These combinations make the painting look balance and simple. The amount of detail inside these paintings is tremendous. I can see the metaphor between life and death on this style. For instance: the insects around the fruit that represent death and the fruit represents life. It is clear that the fruit is still healthy, but soon it would die.

 

The photographer Hector Rene Membreno-Canales uses the style of Dutch still life to make a point on today’s society. This message is very direct. The placed fruits, and wine with guns and smoke masks. He directly linked the two opposite ideas into one composition. It is clear that he is referring to life and death. Fruit represents life and guns represent death. The color pallet he used was complementary colors. Also, we cam conclude that in other to survive we need to fight and he represented that in these pictures.

Barrington Simpson RR3: Vanitas

The¬†Dutch 17th and 18th Century still life painting uses bright colors and the essence of life and death to give the feeling of mortality. The painting style creates a metaphor for mortality by combing two different elements. from what i’ve seen so far its has mostly been through flora and fauna. So the flowers would symbolize the growth and birth and there will be other elements that contradict and represent the other side with is death. We can see this in Rachel Ruysch painting Fruit and Insects, 1711 where she painted the the fruits ¬†and she had the salamander threatening the butterfly.¬†Hector Rene Membreno-Canalesuses the same style in his photos by using war symbols and the standard fruits and vegetables. ¬†I think headed a good job cuz he had all the right elements.

RR3 Vanitas ( Antonio Griffith )

The style of Dutch 17th and 18th Century still life painting is always using nature life subjects in their composition along side with complementary colors. This painting style creates morality by giving symbolizes of life and death. For example one of the painting has fruits such as grapes, and berries(forgot the other fruits name). The fruit can symbolize life because it grows and has life and also could represent death because it dies out if it do not get nourish. The lizard is a symbolize of life and death in the painting because he could kill and also it can die. I basically think this painting style uses living organisms. Anything that has life grows and then later dies out.

 

These Dutch paintings from 17th and 18th century still life uses dark construct with the background being dark(black) and in the photographs they use dark background with good contact against the foreground objects. The photographs also has nature(fruits) just like what the paintings have. I think the vanitas metaphor is effective in the photos because when people see fruits they will think of it as good and sweet. When they see the other objects such as the good they will associate it with death and dangerous.

Vanitas – (AnaMaria)

Rachel Ruysch used a simile to represent life and death in her painting called fruits and insects, putting juicy fruits and its maximum splendor normally invites to consume . Fruits and eggs represent life and birth in contrast to the danger of death when is close. For example the butterfly trying to stands on the table at the same time it senses the death that in this case is represented by a salamander, that is attentive to devour the butterfly.It should emphasize her great capacity of observation for details in her painting.

The Jan Van Huysum still life painting vase with flowers use flowers with a lot of detail. He also uses eggs in a nest and a little boy naked running in the background to represent birth . Using contrary colors he brings harmony to his still life painting.

Hector Rene’s pictures are inspired by Vanitas. He belonged to the United States Armed Forces and had the opportunity to see the two realities at once life and death. Some of the photos have a Christian connotation as when the soldier holds the child with one hand and in the other holds flowers that seems carnations, this photo is very similar to a Christian painting with child Jesus. In another picture Rene makes a simile of death of jesus .but in this case the one who is holding the death person is a soldier.

Class Work RR3

According what we have watch in class today, We can see that ¬†powerful images can bring in so much more powerful messages to the readers. We have watched the still life painting in Dutch 17th and 18th century. From my opinion, I like¬†the¬†Jan van Huysum painting, Vase with Flowers the most. Compare to the Rachel Ruysch painting Fruit and Insects, Jan van focus more on the details, and it has more contracts in the painting. The details of Jan van’s paint is the amazing emphasis. She paints out the details on the flower, the water drop, the insects and even the boy on the back.

The last thing we watch in the class is the shooting from Hector Rene Membreno-Canales. I think the way he use the the style of Dutch is pretty effective. Also I am agree with what people say in the class about his photographs. His shooting represents mortality, and also it is saying when we enjoying the world this second, there is always somethings bad happens in the other side of the world, or maybe the one who next to you. This set of photographs represents death and mortality. The interesting point is he is using wines, foods and fruits to connect with soldiers and their guns. Therefore, I think these photographs are effective and it is an interesting way to get this kind of message.

Vanitas: van Huysum, Ruysch, and Membreno-Canales

Describe in your own words the style of Dutch 17th and 18th Century still life painting. How does this painting style create a metaphor for mortality? Be specific and use as evidence things you can observe in the Rachel Ruysch painting Fruit and Insects, 1711 or the Jan van Huysum painting, Vase with Flowers, c. 1718-20.

Why and how does Hector Rene Membreno-Canales use the style of Dutch still life painting and the idea of Vanitas in his series Hegemony or Survival? Do you think the use of this style and the implied Vanitas metaphor for mortality is effective or heavy-handed? Please state clear reasons for your answer.

The Vanitas style of still life painting refers to the symbolic juxtaposition of life and death. At first glance, the paintings are simple representations of flowers and fruit. But as one examines them further, there is more than a whiff of the morbid about them. In Ruysch’s work, there is a fly on the fruit, as well as a moth (or butterfly?) and a salamander in the foreground, perhaps ready to attack the beautiful butterfly. This is meant to remind the viewer that even in life, death is always present. Life is transient.

Similarly, van Huysum depicts the life cycle. In the bottom right, there’s a nest with eggs. On the vase itself is a painting of a young boy. The flowers are in various stages of bloom: some are young and tightly closed, others are past their prime and are ready to fall apart. The eye travels all over the image and the cycle repeats again.

The photographer Membreno-Canales is clearly inspired by this style of painting. Like Ruysch and van Huysum, he uses a limited color palette and depicts lush flowers and fruit.However, instead of the subtle details found in the Vanitas paintings, his are blatant: a gas mask here, a machine gun there. While the images are certainly heavy-handed, I still think that they are successful. The images themselves are striking. By placing an emphasis on these tools of war, he’s shifting the focus from an abstract concept of life and death to an overtly political statement.

 

Peter Conquet Still Life

The style of Dutch 17th and 18th Century still life painting is very symbolic with many hidden items for the patient observers. The paintings show life and decay in many forms. In the first painting they have insects on the fruit. This symbolizes that everything eventually decays because we know the insects will start to eat the fruit. The second painting has flowers that are alive and some that have started to wilt and decay. Both paintings also have a birds nest with eggs that are suppose to represent the start of life. Rene Membreno-Canales uses the dutch painting style because it creates great contrast between subjects and is very dramatic without being to dramatic that it seems over exaggerated. I feel this style really helps get the feeling of war and death across in his series Hegemony or Survival. He mixes beautiful food and fruits with gas masks and guns. The still life creates a rift between the two objects but at the same time the stillness and dramatic scene creates a harmony of different emotions. The fruit and food represent what we get and what people think is reality. The guns and gas masks represent what the reality really is and what allows us to have those foods and fruit that we love so much.

RR3-Vanitas

Describe in your own words the style of Dutch 17th and 18th Century still life painting. How does this painting style create a metaphor for mortality? Be specific and use as evidence things you can observe in the Rachel Ruysch painting Fruit and Insects, 1711 or the Jan van Huysum painting, Vase with Flowers, c. 1718-20.

Why and how does Hector Rene Membreno-Canales use the style of Dutch still life painting and the idea of Vanitas in his series Hegemony or Survival? Do you think the use of this style and the implied Vanitas metaphor for mortality is effective or heavy-handed? Please state clear reasons for your answer.

RR2: Differenciation

Judith Williamson discussed that a sign can neither be the thing nor the meaning alone, but the two together can be used in the ad. I found it very interesting how Williamson talked about how advertisements create links between something.

She gives an example of Catherine Deneuve, who is a famous french actress and film star who did an ad for the Chanel No.5 perfume. In the Ad, a portrait of Catherine’s face is used and is placed next to the¬†¬†bottle of Chanel No.5 perfume. Williamson¬†argues that in order to successfully decode the ad, the reader must be familiar with Catherine Deneuve and recognize the fact that she is part of a system of signs that marks her different from other stars. By using Catherine’s Deneuve in this Ad, the viewer is then invited to make the connection between the Actress (who is sophisticated and elegant) ¬†and the perfume. The ad refers back to the system of which the sign is Catherine’s face.

I agree with Judith’s argument because without using a well known person or celebrity to associate with the ad, it would be meaningless. If the viewer does not already have notions in their heads then advertising would not be effective.

She then contrasts the Chanel No.5 Ad with the Babe Ad, where in the Babe Ad, there is a full body image of Margaux Hemingway dressed in a martial arts outfit positioned with a karate kick. In each advertisement, they chose to represent the product with a female celebrity. Judith Williamson points out that it is the difference between the two female celebrities that marks the contrast that the advertisers are trying to create between the two similar products.  Catherine represents beauty, sophistication and glamor, whereas Margaux represents youth, agility and adventure, which is what we associate the brands and differentiate them with.

Therefore, I must agree advertisements creates the meaning of a brand or product through a system of signs and not just the person, but what that celebrity or well known person signifies. And through this the consumer identifies the brand through the face of the product by the way they feel or through the mirror of the ad.

RR2 Differentiate ( Antonio Griffith )

The Ad for Chanel N5 with Catherine Deneuve and the other ad for Babe presume is different in a way they portray women in society. The advertisers from Chanel portray Catherine as being beautiful as she already is and associating her beauty to have a link with the Chanel perfume. Viewers who know or don’t know Catherine may think this woman is beautiful and feminine because of her makeup and cloths used in the ad. As for the ad for Babe presumer the viewer will think that Catherine is a little tougher than she is normally viewed by ads or her modeling career. The babe perfume has Catherine wearing karate cloths and her hair tied back to seem almost like a guy. The babe ad did a good job because people will associated someone at a karate gym to be tuff and strong. ¬†Also they company Babe is trying to be different from other perfume companies who would normally make a glamour shot for their perfume bottle. The Chanel ad is so simple and straight forward because they only have a headshot of Catherine and the bottle right below her. They are using a system of signs where they know who Catherine is and how good she is of a person to the public eye to sell their Chanel Perfume. The ad does not have much text but by looking at the setup you automatic think of Catherine as being beautiful and what she has done. The viewers would say wow she is beautiful. The viewers will think many things such as, wow who is this person, wow she is pretty, how did they get her to be in this ad, and why is this ad only a headshot of her etc. The ad for Babe perfume can also sue a glamour shot Catherine but on this ad they decided to do things different so their product can stand out more. Ads are always suppose to make products different from each other for competition.