Art Analysis of Son of Man by Rene Magritte

First Reaction

This painting I felt showed the vision of man that human beings have now. Where as the apple is a telling of creation it blocks the mans face showing the generality in the man himself. Without the face he is without personality, showing through to this droning business man standing there, suit and tie, an empty husk. Perhaps an interpretation on our evolution up to this point.

Content and Form

Going first from background to foreground, you start with a cloudy sky with a tint of gray. A storm is coming, this is very foreboding. It could possibly even have a negative context in regards to the rest of the piece. As you move back you have a short cinder block wall. Possibly a very general reference to establishment. A structured thing created by man. These blocks are also off white, a tainted purity. in the foreground stands a suited man with an apple hanging in front of his face. He could possibly be a recreation of the empty husk of a man I was talking about earlier, or perhaps this represents a choice. The unpicked apple from the biblical texts represent the choice of whether to sin or not to sin. Maybe this could be showing the man using the sins he hasn’t committed to cover his face or his identity.

Historical Context

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Personal Context

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The Arthromorphic Cabinet by El Salvador Dali
The Arthromorphic Cabinet by Salvador Dali (1936)

First Reaction:

Apon first inspection of the The Arthromorphic Cabinet by Salvador Dali, a sense of disparity is brought forth through the use of the drab browns  and yellows. The man is in a defenseless position with his head down and an arm out, as if begging for mercy. The man’s head is hanging into the first drawer that makes up his body, showing the obeer ver that he is looking within himself to find the answers to his problems. This coupled with the fact that his entire face is hidden behind his hair gives the man anonymity causing the audience to relate to the position the man is in. This position creates a helplessness type nature that is projected on to the entire painting. As the audience follows man’s extremities to their hands or feet,  it is seen that they slowly become increasingly less human ( ironically because Arthro is in the name of the painting). As the wrinkles grow larger the hands and feet almost disassociate themselves with the protagonist, should I say, of the painting. At the end of the tunnel there is a white light with people and buildings in it. This white light provokes a feeling of hope for the observer  of the painting. All of these conflicting feelings come together to create this painting and the strugle between man and society.


Within this painting there are many elements. At the focal point of the painting there is a man with wrinkled hands and feet. His stomach and chest have been replaced by a set of drawers, giving this painting the label of surrealism. At the center of the man’s chest there is a white rag hanging out of him.  Most of the background of the painting is taken up by browns and yellows tha come together into a tunnel like structure with squared corners. At the end of the tunnel  are people, cars , and buildings. Due to the light distribution within the painting, one can only assume that the man is located in the middle of the tunnel. The yellows used around the man juxtaposed against the dark brown colors used just outside the yellow creates a highlighting affect attracting the audience’s eyes back to the man once again.


This painting was created using surrealism which can be found in many of Salvador Dali’s paintings. The design of the man in the center of the painting is not the first time Dali used cabinets and humans. This type of surrealism can also be seen within “The Devine Comedy” and in  some of his drawings. This style was developed through its use in some of his works. The drawers for a body idea is juxtaposed against the human body which gives this painting the same revolutionary effect as all of Dali’s other paintings.

Historical Content:

Salvador Dali was very interested in Sigmond Frued’s research at the time. During this time period man was still figuring out that the human mind had more to it then was known. Many of these things are only able to be unlocked by a psychoanalyst ( at least in theory ). This explains the use of the cabinets. Things are hidden within the cabinets and only certain people can find what is within them. The despair shown through the body language of the man links to the secrets that he holds. It is also interesting how all of the drawers in the man are open except the one at the bottom where it has a key lock. Just a few years before this painting, in 1925 Sigmond Freud released a theory explaining a model for human mind compromising entities. These are id, ego, and super ego. These can be seen within the painting all together. The man has a similar image of Jesus providing the superego portion, the id or instinct is to reach for help and want to run towards the light however, the ego keeps the id in check by keeping the dangers isolated and away from man.

Personal Content:

                      As mentioned before, Salvador Dali was infatuated with Sigmond Freud and loved to read about his many theories. During this time Salvador Dali’s art was beggining to be introduced into the American art society. Soon after, there was a ball thrown in Dali’s honor. To this ball Dali wore a clear case around his chest  containing a brazier inside. This leads the observer to assume that the man in the center of the photo is Dali due to the similarities between the man and Dali. Dali’s style of art was very controversial back during his time. He fully embraced surrealism, which was in its infancy stages. Against the trends of popular art, Dali continued to produce these paintings. He even extend his surreal nature into his everyday life where he dressed as a walking painting. His style could have been used as a method of isolation and disassociation from society. Much like Dali, the man in the painting is left all alone, dealing with the problems that were presented to them and neither Dali or The Arthromorphic cabinet are willing to ask for help because it is them versus the world.

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American Gothic

this is a painting of an early farm couple. the couple seems to look annoyed. this painting depicts a couple, the man with a pitchfork and the woman looking up at the man. there is a higher end plantation house behind the couple. at this time (19th century america) the southern agriculture was mainly fueled with slavery and with cash crops such as cotton and tobacco. “In August 1930, Grant Wood, an American painter with European training, was driven around Eldon, Iowa, by a young painter from Eldon, John Sharp. Looking for inspiration, Wood noticed the Dibble House, a small white house built in the Carpenter Gothic architectural style.[4] Sharp’s brother suggested in 1973 that it was on this drive that Wood first sketched the house on the back of an envelope.” – wikipedia.

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School of Athens by Raphael

school-of-athens-detail-from-right-hand-side-showing-diogenes-on-the-steps-and-euclid-1511.jpg!LargeWhen i first saw this fresco i immediately thought that it would look great in my house. That was my criteria for choosing painting that i would have even considered buying. This was one of the few and i liked this one the most out of all of them. In this fresco both Aristotle and Plato, both with their individual books in their hands and both of them pointing up and down respectively. They are prominent philosophers that were included in the painting by Raphael. Raphael also included Pythagoras, in the lower left and Ptolemy, in the lower right. The form in this painting is amazing in my opinion due to the realistic look to it. The architecture that was included was also amazing. This fresco was commissioned by the pope at the time to Raphael and was painted between the years of 1510 and 1511. The fresco is a series of 4 paintings that were made nearby each other in the Apostolic palace in Vatican City. If i were to put it into my house i would put it directly in front of the entrance way to surprise my guests that visit.

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The water lily pond analysis

The Water Lilly Pond

Claude Monet -1899


My first reaction was I saw this piece was the green, the overwhelming calmness that the color brings when looking at this art work. I could easily envision this painting hanging in my home, with the peaceful feelings that it brings. One of the reasons this painting speaks to me so much is that it reminds me of the pond behind my old house with the lily pads taking over the area.

The content of this painting includes the bridge as being the main center point. The first thing that the eyes are drawn to when looking at the structure of the painting is the bridge. The way it arches as well as its positioning of height in the picture allows it to be more noticeable, whereas the greens are camouflaged. Making them pop out less. The Water Lily Pond is an oil painting on a canvas, created in 1899. It was part of Monet’s series, Water lilies. The dimensions are 3’0″ by 2’5″.The vertical format of the picture, unusual in this series, gives prominence to the water lilies and their reflections on the pond.

In 1893, Monet, a passionate horticulturist, purchased land with a pond near his property in Giverny, intending to build something “for the pleasure of the eye and also for motifs to paint.” The result was his water-lily garden. The Water Lily Pond has been featured in eighteen museums and galleries. Currently it is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1929.

The personal context which Monet used while creating the work of art as stated above he purchased  the  land with the pond intending to build something ” for the pleasure of the eye and also for motifs to paint.” The painting is also the first of a series that he began in 1899. Where he featured eighteen different views of the wooden bridge, over the pond he completed twelve paintings. This was one of the summer paintings featured of the landscape.

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Art Analysis Blam!

BlamFirst Reaction:  It’s interesting by turning a violent image into a cartoon like joke.  It’s colorful and eye catching

Content:  In the picture there is a plane that is being shot down.  The plane is upside-down and there is a body coming out of it.  The plane has the number three on the sides and has stars on the wings.  The focusing colors are Blue, Yellow, and Red.

Form:  The image depicts a fighter pilot ejecting from his plane as it is shot down.  The painting was based off of the comic All American Men of War.

Historical Context:  Blam! was painted as war imagery for one of Lichtenstein’s first solo art shows.

Personal Context:  Lichtenstein is attempting to turn war imagery such as the comic that inspired Blam! into a form of joke or satire by making a violent image solitary with the only context the word Blam which is drawn in a very comedic way.

I bought Blam! because i felt that it matched by portrayal of my personality and that it could spark a very meaningful conversation.

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Girl With A Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer

Analyzing Girl With A Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer (1665)


earFirst Reaction: My first reaction to this painting is that the black background makes the colour of the girl stand out and makes her look vibrant. The main point of focus in the painting is the expression on the girl’s face and the pearl earring she is wearing. It makes me wonder who she is and the possible story behind the painting.

Content: the girl is wearing a blue scarf around her head, one pearl earring, and has a slight smile on her face.

Form: oil painting

Historical Context: No one knows who the girl in the painting is for sure, but some believe that she is Vermeer’s daughter Maria, who was about twelve or thirteen-years-old at the time it was created. There is very little information about Vermeer and his paintings. Girl with a Pearl Earring is signed “IVMeer” but there is no date on this work.

Personal Context: As I stated before, the girl in the painting is believed to be Vermeer’s daughter. She was the subject of many of his paintings and this could be representative of their relationship.

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