Petals and Positive Spaces

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I visited my father in Long Island this weekend and stayed over for the night. I hadn’t been in my room in a while and when I entered I was shocked to see this photo of myself on the wall. This was photographed when I was seventeen and I framed it because the colors of it complimented the teal walls of my room. I didn’t notice at the time that I was playing with negative and positive space.

Studying Les Demoiselle d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso, made me realize just how much the background of the photo was interacting with the subject in the foreground. The pink and red petals are playing with each other while also melting onto my face with the liquid. I am laying in a pool of water with the petals being blown by a fan and swirling around the water canvas.  I didn’t make the connection until now. While Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is painted, this is photography. The subject material of Picasso’s work are some prostitute women in the nude. I created a more personal piece of myself and I am the only subject, multiplied and flipped upside down to further reiterate the idea of positive space becoming negative.

Interestingly, for this photo I came up with the idea after thinking about Aphrodite. I named this piece Aphrodite, and I wanted the red and the pink petals to symbolize love. I wanted the love of the petals to interact with me but I purposefully remained stoic so that I would not be affected by the love surrounding me. This is on film also and it just shows the petals swarming around my head but I am still, indicating that the force of love does not control me, but I can control love. The first time I learnt about Aphrodite was in my Classics class with Professor Yarrow. We learnt about the Homeric Hymn of Aphrodite, and how the the instruments and lyrics represented Aphrodite’s stories of love.

-Mckensi Pascall- Team Aphrodite


Unconventional Methods

I happened upon this painting while running around the Metropolitan Museum of Art gathering photos for our final project. This photo is Gustave Courbet’s, “Woman with a Parrot” which seemed oddly reminiscent of another work  we had studied Édouard Manets, “Olympia”. This painting was done only three years after the Olympia in 1866 and though it was done to appease Academic critics with its detailed idolized body and the shape of the woman’s physique like the Olympia, it was disjointed from Academic works in the way the nude woman was lounging around with messy hair in a messy environment from the untidy bed and the dark shadowy room. We can see that if not entirely Courbet did have some kind of effect on other artist even though he was initially criticize by others for his controversial work.

Bedirhan Gonul- Team Aphrodite

The Shoes


When I visited the museum I was very eager to look at the works of famous artists such as Vincent van Gogh, and of course many others. An idol that I greatly admire once mentioned he really liked Vincent van Gogh’s painting, so I, as any other fan would get curious as of what in those paintings made my idol interested. It took me a while to find this gallery with various  Vincent van Gogh paintings, and in my final project I’ve used a couple too. This time I want to talk about the still life that was painted in the 1888’s. As we all know it, still life was considered one of the lowest ranked arts which was practiced mainly by the newbies. However, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne, proved otherwise. Paul Cezanne painted a couple of still lifes that were very different from anyone else, his were painting with the use of perspective.  As he himself explained, when artists paint, they don’t stay in one position- they constantly move. Hence, the point of view always changes and he thought he should stay consistent with that- and he did. In his painting “The Basket of Apples” you may notice many things that seem off. Such as the cookies. In one stack of cookies he showed us two different points of view, cookies closer to the plate are shown as if we are looking at them from below or just straight at them from maybe a sitting position, where as the top cookies are shown from the above point of view. I find this very interesting and his reasoning behind it very interesting too. Van Gogh on the other hand, painted the shoes from a singular prespective and to many this painting may not be as appealing. What I find interesting about it however, is the fact that he gave us background. He painted the tiles and we can even identify the place and the house the shoes are in! Additionally, if we knew Vincent personally, we might have been able to identify to owner of the shoes as well. This painting does not only relate to the way Cezanne shone light upon still lifes and how beautiful they could be, but also in a way that it can be related to an ordinary person. Usually, painters and artists of other kind, would have painted mythical creatures such as gods, sirens and such. However, with the modernization and Renaissance artists are now incorporating more of a daily life. We’ve seen a nude painting of a prostitute, a painting of an artist in his work room, and now a painting of someone’s shoes. These weren’t normal and those who painted such painting were considered as low class artists. I was always wondering why do some artists become famous, and yet some talents are underappreciated, I think I know now. Mainly, I believe it is due to the fact that those who are able to make it to the top are very innovative. The are able to express themselves in a ways that have never been seen before. They can make everything simple to our eyes seem very artistic and meaningful. Its hard to explain, but I think if you can do something that no one esle did before and explain why that piece should be considered art, you will succeed. Thankfully, things changed and artists now are able to express themselves in various ways, be it through painting gods, shoes, or music.

Diana, Team Mercury

Deliciousness in a Basket!!!


This is a picture of a fruit basket that sits on my kitchen counter. Although it is plain and lacking the many more fruits as in this picture, I thought they they still related to each other. With Paul Cezanne’s Basket of Apples, theres much similarities that can be drawn here. Most because they both are the same thing, a basket of apples. Although my basket has a little more verity with some tangerines in there. They both continue on to serve the same purpose. The baskets purpose is to hold the fruits, and the fruit purpose of course, is to be eaten.

Improvisation on my Wall

When I was walking around my house looking for paintings, I noticed this one on the wall of my kitchen was this painting.  I found it to being, while obviously not visually, in spirit, very similar to Improvisation 28 made by Vasily Kandinsky.  I couldn’t find out who created this picture on my wall or when it was made.  But its style is what caught my attention as it was most noticeably somewhat abstract much like the Improvisation painting that we discussed in class.  There is also this consistency with color that can be seen that this painting has a lot of bright colors on the forefront, while also it being that there is a very visible white background on it.  This is very similar to Improvisation 28, as it also deals in bright colors on the forefront while also having a white background as well.  The variety of shapes in both of these paintings is also something that can be seen as very unique for the both of them.

One very big difference obviously is in the difference that can be found in their origins.  While I have stated that I do not know the origin of this painting and where it comes from, I will say that I don’t feel it’s as convoluted as Improvisation 28.  I feel like that is the case because that that painting was made out of music and the artist lifestyle, while also him dealing with the war that just occurred.  It has a much more emotional deeper meaning to it then that of which is probably this painting that is hung up in my house here.


  • Scott Vincent, Team Cronos

So Realistic


Academic Art is a style of painting that was done under European academies. This piece, “Breton Brother and Sister” by French artist William Bouguereau in 1871, is an example of that. This style of art is a mixture of Neoclassicalism and Romantism. This painting is realistic, capturing the attractiveness of everyday life. Instead of painting the rich, they started looking for beauty  among the lower class. The painting is vivid in that you could read the expression and the girl and her brother’s face, and see that he may not have been able to stay still. The shading in the folds of her frock and how their cloths seemingly drape over their knees bring it all to life.

On the Website

WEBWe see this picture almost every time we come on the past in present website. I don’t know the name of the artist but this reminded me of  Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”. Both paintings use a lack of linear perspective and sensible lighting such as chiaroscuro. Both also seem to show reoccurring faces. They both use a sense of cubism but there is a slight difference. The panting above is less abstract and more put together in a scenery sense. Picasso includes really sharp edges and heavier brush strokes. Picasso’s painting doesn’t show a variety of colors while the one above has pops of reds and yellow.

Ivory Tyson, Team Artemis

New Era, New Art

During unit 5 we learned about modern art and how it took a turn from what we would traditionally see. Paintings started looking less realistic, the subjects in these new modern painting didn’t feel like they where real, you didn’t feel like you where part of the painting. Instead this new era of paintings reminded the viewer that they where just looking at a painting nothing more. This drawing I found on Instagram is called a little light for your worries by the Instagram artist, it’s of a girl sitting in front of a window looking out but as you can see it’s not a very realistic window or realistic background. You can see each individual stroke and different colors, you can tell this work is not suppose to look realistic.

This new style that strayed away from academic paintings started with Édouard Manet’s painting Olympia(1863). Mamet challenged the idea of the Renaissance his painting of Olympia was not perfect or of a ideal women. She was not a “Venus” or a “goddess” but she was blunt and specialized something you wouldn’t normally see. Showing that this art was not made to be perfect but to be seen as a painting. Paul Cézanne’s painting The Basket of Apples (1893) another painting that defied the academy. The perspectives, colors, and lighting made this painting less realistic.

As you can see in the old and new art works that they are both just a drawing they are not suppose to be looked at as something that is perfect and ideal. There is not proportion background or lighting you would see in the Baroque and Renaissance. However a major difference between painting such as Olympia and The Basket of Apples to and so many other artist now a day is that they have the internet. Artist in our current era in 2017 have so many different outlets for art. With every new era their are new art forms, with the era of technology we see animation, we can draw on our computers using art tablets or even paint tool. This has introduced to us so many more opportunities to express so many art forms to being realistic or modern to everything in between.

Francesca Faiello,Team Cronos

IMG_1989Me and a Friend were on our way to check out the puppy therapy and I stubbled  across this painting on the wall of the second floor in the Student Center. This painting looks very modern. It reminds me of Kandinsky Composition IV and Improvisation 28 with all the bright colors and a mix of lines and shapes all over the canvas. Its a flat painting. However unlike Kandinskys paintings this painting is full of dimensional images that literally pop out at you. In the right corner the squares have linear perspective.It also uses layering of paint or clay to build dimension.

-Anora A. Team Diana



Pablo Picasso: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon v Dr. He Qi Around the Hood: The Art

The artwork I chose for my blog on Unit 5 was “Around the Hood: The Art” by Dr. He Qi. I got it from Trinity Church’s First Sunday of Advent bulletin on December 3rd, 2017. I remember in Unit 5 we discussed modern art and all its styles and techniques. We learned about the turning of the century and how artists during that time period went against traditional conventions in efforts to create their own movement. One technique we learned about and resonated with me was cubism. Cubism is an early 20th-century style and movement in art, in which perspective with a single viewpoint was abandoned and the use of geometric shapes, interlocking planes, created what should be three dimensional, two dimensional.


Around the Hood: The Art” by Dr. He Qi is similar to the Pablo Picasso’s painting we discussed in class: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Both pieces look almost identical. They both have three-dimensional objects and shapes incorporated as two-dimensional. Both artists were inspired by African art. They both have the mask-like faces in their artworks. This also emphasizes the use of cubism both artists used. I did further research on He Qi and found that most of his work follows this cubist movement. I wouldn’t be surprised if Picasso was his inspiration. Qi and Picasso’s works shared the same cubist structure: bright colors, sharp edges and larger than life images. Both pieces have the tribal African feel to it. From both pieces having bare feet to them both incorporating something of African culture. Pablo (mask, cloths) Qi (mask, both instruments). One could say these two are the same artist from different time periods.

Dr. He Qi’s Other Cubist Works:

Pablo Picassos Other Cubist Works:


The paintings differ in their objects and message. In Picasso’s painting, he shows five prostitute women in a French brothel. He Qi’s piece is more angelic and beautiful. It depicts two ladies that could be angels. They give off a soothing and appealing vibe, unlike Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Neither piece expresses the same kind of imagery or dimensions. Picasso paints the five prostitute women with distorted or unappealing faces with more confusing body angles and placement. He Qi’s use of cubism is all in your face. His painting has a more intimate feel; the focus is on the figures and what they represent alone. Whereas Picasso’s use of cubism is a little subtler. Picasso’s painting focuses on distorted images of nude women and the message the setting collectively depicts.

Shamiso Tunduwani, UNIT 5, Team Jupiter

Modern Day Demoiselles

I found this poster for the New York City Ballet in Lincoln Center, and oddly enough it reminded me of Picasso’s Demoiselles D’Avignon. First, like most modern paintings we’ve looked at, it comes across as very flat, hence upending conventions. In Picasso’s painting of the women, this post shows them in in a non-conventional form, with long, thig legs and tiny waists. In Demoiselles D’Avignon, the women have tiny waists and very sharp bodies. The women look like your typical women drawn for fashion sketches. Both Picasso and the artist of this poster are laying with different ways of depicting human bodies. Like Picasso’s painting, the women are the center of the painting. Most importantly, like the Demoiselles D’Avignon, this poster seeks to create a new visual language to represent modern culture. The poster itself talks about the collaboration of dance, music, and fashion, hence stringing those things together into a new modern form of depiction.

Camille, Team Diana


A Modern Conception of Romulus and Remus


James Barsness. Romulus and Remus. 1993. Web. 7 Dec 2017.


The piece above is found at the Frumkin/Adams Gallery in Manhattan on the first floor. It is a contemporary piece depicting Romulus and Remus the brothers who founded Rome and were raised by the she wolf. This painting is similar to the ideas we viewed in class because Academic art was often limited creativity and would be realistic and have us as the viewers thinking we are looking through a window. This is a non-academic piece because the figures are blurry and the strokes are very defined and not well blended. Their bodies are also crunched up and in the nude. Also like some of the contemporary art we looked at the figures are looking at us and making us realize we are looking at a painting. How ever it differs because the figures can be depicted and not so abstract that we have to imagine their shape. Also like some of the pieces we looked at there is no use of cubism, the figures have soft curves that are more realistic than sharp angular shapes.

The quote I chose for this photo is from Livy Book one section four paragraph two, “She gave the infants her teats so gently that the master of the royal flock found her licking them with her tongue.” This quote relates to the image because the two boys have this wild look in their eye and have an animal like feature to them because they were nurtured by a she wolf. However it differs because the quote is describing that event and the painting seems to be after that event because they look like they have grown and they aren’t nursing off of the wolf anymore. The artist intentions could have been to show how the animal instinct still lingered in the boys. Also the way they are so close together and in a timid pose is how two wolf could act when being watched. It shows how the finders of Rome were rough and tough and had an amazing bringing up. She also could have left the brush strokes like she did to almost look like hair or fur. I feel the artist was most interested in this aspect to make them look like they have that animal instinct still in their eyes. In the text the interest was describing them in their later years and how they shaped Rome and what happened later; unlike the artist who wanted the animal instinct to be remembered. Emma, Team Saturn

When in Rome, Do as Infants do.


Peter Paul Rubens. Romulus and Remus. Pinacoteca capitolina (Rome, Italy). Web. 6 Dec 2017.


Peter Paul Rubens is one of the artists discussed in Art 1010. The painting we discussed exclusively was “Elevation of the Cross” that showed the religious power during the time. As Professor Simon repeatedly says: “A change in era/time/politics equals a change in the form of art.  This work of art, similar to the “Elevation of the Cross” is also a piece of Baroque work, identified by its use of chiaroscuro (the contrast of light and dark in a painting to give a dramatic effect). The painting is given depth using a form of linear perspective where the two infants are in the center (center point) while everyone else takes to the background. The babies, both pale and pink are clean, protected by the she-wolf which tells the story of the twins, Romulus and Remus.

Then one, Romulus,
reveling in the tawny pelt of a wolf that nursed him,
will inherit the line and build the walls of Mars
and after his own name, call his people Romans.

Excerpts from Vergil’s Aeneid
Book 1

This image is literally the story of Romulus and Remus. Were twin brothers. Legend has it, they were the founders of Rome. Their mother, a Vestal Virgin, claimed she had been violated by Mars, the god of war. She was thrown into prison and the children were ordered to be drowned in the Tiber River for the sin her mother committed (breaking her vow not have sex). Rape was overlooked and women were thrown in jail for making such accusations. The twins survived. They were brought to a sacred fig tree and were protected by a she-wolf and a woodpecker that watched over them and brought them food.

The wolf is seen lying under a tree giving suck to an infant, while another plays nearby. The herdsman, Faustulus, who discovered them, is approaching. The god of the River Tiber reclines on his urn. Under the rule of Romulus the city of Rome grew in size and strength. Ruben highlights the survival of the twins being a great and wondrous gift. They are the center and bright part of the image so he wants them to be noticed.

The reason this image is the most important to me and for the homework is because it give a direct approach and visual to what the twins looked like when they were found by the huntsman in the woods. Romulus is reaching to the sky as if he knows that he is the kin of Mars- the Roman god of war. This supports how Rome got it’s name although it is a mere myth.

Cameron Team Jupiter

Hands move quicker than the eye can see

Suetonis Life of Augustus

“Gallius was tortured as if he were a slave; and though he confessed to nothing, Augustus himself tore out his eyes and sentenced him to death.” (Suetonis 27)

“According to some historians, he chose 300 prisoners of equestrian or senatorial rank, and offered them on the ides of March at the altar of the God Julius, as human sacrifices. (Suetonis, 15)”

The first quote is addressed in the 27 paragraph where it is explained by Augustus was hated during his reign. This quote is an example of Augustus being irrational, using just what he thought he saw (a sword) and killing a possibly innocent man. Augustus acted rashly. The reason I associate the term Iris with this quote is because although Augustus could have been mistaken with the object he thought he saw on Gallius, he went so far to tear his eyes as if removing doubt to what he saw. It is a guilty complex to assume someone is a threat and instead of being incorrect, Augustus uses the idea “If you don’t see it, it never happened”. He was trying to mask his mistake  but removing the eyes of his victim.

The second quote refers to Augustus again being hot headed. In the passage, Augustus seek revenge with sentencing death to crowds of prisoner. The event happens to be on the Ides of March, the day Julius Caesar was given his fate. The ides of march, best known as the foretold date, reminded me of eyes that could see into the future. Ides, translated to the day falling to the middle of the month, made me think of eyes (play on words) . The iris of a person’s eyes is near the front of the eye, between the cornea and the pupil- the middle of the person’s eyes. It control the amount of light a person processes. The eyes move quickly and rapidly change the amount of light it processes to the brain. Just like the Iris, Augustus is rash and impulsive to act.


Latin may be a dead language, but several words derive from it, including the word iris. During Caesar’s error it would not be uncommon to hear someone say iris and not refer to the color of one’s eyes. Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the Olympian gods, specifically the God named Hera.


In your own words

This is an image of me. I took it to show my Iris and how my eyes of dilated because of the flash. Although the name Iris, comes from a God, it comes from a God Augustus most likely knew of and worshiped during his life.

The quotes to not directly connect with Iris since it is the name of a God but I found it interesting how rash and impetuous Augustus was, especially about killing people. It reminded me of how my father teases me that my eyes are bigger than my mouth or when I go through episodes of rapid thought and continuously look for everything to do and never being able to slow down and concentrate.

This image relates to Art 1010 because I took this image in my living room next to the blue lamp my father loves. This lamp has a similar shape that of a Pelike which is a one-piece ceramic container similar to an amphora. It has two open handles, a narrow neck, a flanged mouth, and a sagging, almost spherical belly. I thought it was interesting since I considered everything in my home very modern. Having a lamp resemble something from ancient Greece would be fun to say in a conversation. 

Cameron, Cannon TEAM JUPITER



The Wolf Stands Alone

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     The sculpture above portrays who the Roman people once considered to be the founders of Rome , Romulus and his brother Remus.Romulus and Remus are curdled in the furs of a wolf due to the understanding that it is believed that the wolf acted as their mother and raised them , when they were abandoned as infants..This is proven because in the text it says “the boys had been exposed had been left by the retreating water on dry land, a thirsty she-wolf from the surrounding hills, attracted by the crying of the children, came to them, gave them her teats to suck and was so gentle towards them that the king’s flock-master found her licking the boys with her tongue”. This sculpture is an accurate portrayal of  what actually happened in history and the text The only difference is that the infants were discovered by the Tiber river and the sculpture doesn’t acknowledge the importance of the surrounding history about Romulus and Remus. The artist contributes raw history to the artwork and it can be shown that the origins of Rome is important for the artist to convey.

Correspondingly, this relates to what we are learning in art in that these ideas are portrayed in modern art.


This shirt portrays a modern more abstract almost surrealist view of Romulus and Remus. It is s considered surrealist due to the fact that it isn’t a solid picture, but an artist creative interpretation of it.We can tell due to the fact that the baby forms are created from a series of lines.Of course this is different compared to most surrealist art in that it isn’t a completely unique idea or portrayl.Additionally, this can also be compared to The Red Studio by Mattisse in that it uses but the use of lines and negative space to create a concept.

Samantha, Team Minerva


She-wolf nursing Romulus and Remus. 16th century. Musée du Louvre, inv. M.R. 1649.. Web. 28 Nov 2017.