• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Contemporary Realism

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Contemporary Realism Contemporary Realism is the straightforward realistic style of painting, which continues to be widely Practiced in this post-abstract era. It is different from Photorealism, which is somewhat ironic and Conceptual in its nature. Contemporary Realists form a disparate group, but what they have in common is that they are literates the concepts of Modern Art, but choose to work in a more traditional form. Many actually began as abstract painters, having come through an educational system dominated by an establishment dismissive of representational painting. Among the best-known artists associated with this movement are Neil Welliver, William Bailey, and Philip Pearlstein. There is an identifiable "group" of Contemporary Realists, but we have used a fairy loose definition to allow inclusion of a larger number of 20th-century realists. ...read more.

Middle

Anthony Green's approach is labor-intensive--it takes him one or two months, painting every day, to complete a picture. He calls himself a "compulsive painter." One interesting aspect of Anthony Green's own style is his technique of showing interior space. In his paintings it seems as if the viewer is looking through the roof of a room and at the same time seeing all four walls, the floor and ceiling. The effects of this are even more emphasized by the unusual shapes of his canvases. This strange "fish eye" view resembles the experiments in showing space and distance utilized by Medieval and Early Renaissance painters, such as Jan Van Eyck, before perspective drawing systems were invented. At the same time, Green's technique also seems to provide a skewed point of view such as we experience in dreams or nightmares, which ties his work to some Surrealist painter techniques. ...read more.

Conclusion

The reference to a "beautiful dream" probably refers to a dream had by Green himself that he is reinterpreting in a painted image--the same source of subject matter used by many Surrealist artists earlier in the 20th century. However, it also seems that his mother in the bathtub is lost in a dream of her own. The subtitle for this work is given as "Madeleine Joscelyne Alone, Bathing." However, she clearly is not alone. So we wonder who is the person sitting on the chair? Is it Green himself or is it his stepfather, Joscelyne? Is it a real person, or maybe a symbol referring to a fantasy or dream? Anthony Green describes himself as a "private person" who has chosen as an artist to display in publicart works chronicling his personal, inner life. He says that this has "exorcised some of his demons. [Now] there are only a few secrets left..." ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Art section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Art essays

  1. Contrast the priorities of the northern and southern Renaissance.

    The church had originally exerted control over the masses by keeping them in the dark so to speak, by not encouraging them to investigate, explore or question what they were told. It was not a priority or aim of the northern and southern renaissance to contradict the teachings of the

  2. The boundaries between culture and nature have collapsed and the body has become flexible

    viii[viii] Gullette, Margaret Morganroth (1999) op cit. ix[ix] Macdonald, Barbara (1987) Speech at conference 'By and for old lesbians' California State University x[x] Martin, Rosy (1997). 'Looking and reflecting: returning the gaze, re-enacting memories and imagining the future through phototherapy' in Susan Hogan (Ed) 'Feminist approaches to art therapy'.

  1. Art Green: Consider the Options

    The only compromise to this implied or visual frame is the movement in of the NO! bubble. The illusion of light within the painting has some interesting characteristics.

  2. Describe a recent film by a contemporary director. What is specific about his/her style?

    As to light the whole film seems to be plunged in darkness and faded. The colours seems faded too, for instance red curtains are strangely faded. All in all, the encounter with this film can be confusing and shocking. Generally, the encounter with Lynch's films can be a problematic experience.

  1. Visit To London Aquarium

    Everything You Need To Know About The Seahorse History: Seahorses have been in existence for around 40 million years. Family Background: Seahorses are members of the Teleost suborder, or bony fish, and belong to the vertebrate group, meaning they have an interior skeleton.

  2. Romanticism v realism

    Goya is considered to be the "father of modern art". In expressing his feelings as blunt as he did, he became the leader of new artistic tendencies. He rejected previous conceptions of art and desired a new form of expression.

  1. Art - the Modern Age era

    Leonardo da Vince chose to express the expressions on those of the twelve disciples face expressing fear, doubt, protestation, rage, and love in a beautiful symmetry. Tintoretto, on the other hand, chose to use the same event, but in a different light.

  2. William Powell-Frith - Derby Day (1852).

    Mayhew and Binney observed this in their investigations into the criminal world of London, ...a London crowd is an awful thing, when you reflect upon the number of infamous characters of which it is necessarily composed. 18 Here, the most villainous of all is singled out from a small crowd of undesirable characters.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work