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Artist research into Raphaelle peale's 'Venus rising from the sea'

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Raphaelle Peale; Venus rising from the sun 'Venus rising from the sea' 1822 oil on canvas Raphaelle Peale First Impressions: When I first look a this work, I see a cloth floating in the air; yet at closer inspection I realise its being held up with strings and that there is a hint of someone standing behind the cloth as there are arms visible and a foot. The painting makes me think about my own shirt being hung up in the garden - the resemblance seems uncanny because of the strange dark background surrounding the cloth. Strangely enough is the fact that there is no visible sea within the painting although the title suggest Venus is rising from the sea. it's as if Venus just had a shower and is standing behind shower curtains combing her hair. ...read more.

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However, because we are only given limited visibility of what lies behind the cloth, we don't know what to expect, and so there is a sense of apprehension. Context: Raphaelle Peale was born in Philadelphia (1774-1825) is Venus Rising from the Sea--A Deception, is his most famous painting. Drawing on a familiar mythological theme in European painting, Peale took the title from a work (circa 1772) by the English painter James Barry and used a few elements of the original as well. Composition: This painting seems to be carefully planned as the composition although simple is visually complex; because of the nature of Trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye). The cloth at the front is supposedly smaller the God Venus behind the cloth, however distance and perspective has been used to create a size difference which challenges what we may see as normal. ...read more.

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This is typical of the style Trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye). What's different however is that my work doesn't include any people as Peale's painting does. Evaluation: I like the way Peale creates a scale variation, however , I still feel the painting is lacking - he could possibly have included other objects or people in the background or even just a hint, to create an even deeper sense of depth within the painting.. If I could ask Peale a question, I would ask him what interests him in the Trompe l'oeil style and what inspired him to paint this painting and why he called it '...rising from the sea' when there is no visible sea., or did he mean something else - possibly a bath? ...read more.

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