Week One (Asteria)

Reading through the various values, the psychological value stands out the most to me. While the material value seems interesting because art can be used in a practical manner like bronze statues, I think the psychological value is something that everyone can relate to. Beauty is completely subjective. A piece of art may be a masterpiece to some, but for another, it may be considered trash.

Personally, I love photography and taking candid photos of my friends/family. While I enjoy capturing a posed photo in front of beautiful scenery, I also like taking “raw” pictures of my favorite people just as they are. Photographs give me the ability to relive a specific moment in my past – a real moment.

Art is highly subjective, and all types of methods could be applied, but it really depends on the context of the piece. I thought it was very interesting that even though Marxism appeared in the 1800s, the methodology can still be applied for works of art prior to 1800, such as Bruegel’s The Tower of Babel. The idea of the Marxism approach, however, might be not be applicable in all aspects of art. A piece of art might not have “two sides” in which one can be labeled as proletariat or bourgeoisie.

All methodologies can be applied appropriately to a variety of work, depending on the context in which the art piece was created. Of all the methodologies, it seems like the Biography and Autobiography method closely relates to the psychological value in that the meaning of art is reflective of the artist and their life. An art piece may be dedicated to God and is a form of worship, or it may symbolize something that the artist holds close to their heart.

I really enjoyed flipping through the textbook and looking at the variety of art pieces. I was able to recognize some of the architecture from the places I’ve traveled to, which was great. One piece that particularly stood out to me was Joseph Mallord William Turner’s Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 1834 which is found in chapter 22 on page 406 (in the 4th edition textbook).  Source

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834 exhibited 1835 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

The colors used in this piece of work are the complementary colors blue and orange. The stark contrast between the orange flames and the muted waters and boats draws attention to the fiery flame. The repetition of the bridge also provides a line, guiding viewers toward the fire as well. I also like the reflection of the blazing smoke from the sky and into the waters. I like that the intensity of the warm colors gradually gets more saturated as it leads to the core of the flame. The artist does a great job of drawing attention to the fire, and I like the added detail of the silhouette of the house in the flames.

9 thoughts on “Week One (Asteria)”

  1. I love how you tied your passion for photography into your blog! I also love candids, and I love them way more than a posed photo. I think it is fascinating that we can analyze a piece of art and therefore analyze a person. That is pretty incredible.

    I really like the painting that you chose. I wonder if there is any political significance to the painting since it is the burning of the House of Commons.


    1. I really like photography, probably because sometimes I have a pretty bad memory and pictures help me remember them. 🙂

      I had no idea on what the political significance was when I first chose the painting. I just did a quick Google check, and it turns out that the fire was caused by an accident. It was said that Turner saw the fire and did some quick sketches, and then painted it. The fire was probably pretty significant since it lasted throughout the night, and it took place at the House of Parliament!


      1. I definitely understand how pictures help you remember! I’m the same way.

        Thanks for doing a search! That is so interesting. It’s pretty cool that he saw something that caught his eye and knew he had to draw it. Sometimes things just draw our attention and we can’t look away!


  2. I enjoyed reading your blog post! I totally agree with you that art is subjective. I like how a a painting or sculpture to one person can mean a complete different idea to another like you said. It is probably my favorite things about art. I love photography too! Candids make for some of the best pictures honestly. I also think it is because of how raw the photo is. The piece you chose is beautiful. The reflection of the flames on the water is amazing. You made some great observations about the picture! Great job!


    1. I love candids. I think when I look at the photos my family or I take, my favorite ones are the ones where someone looks grumpy. It’s weird, but I think it truly expresses the highs and lows of going on vacation.


  3. I like how you relayed your favorite artistic value into something that you really love to do. It goes to show that how one views art really permeates their entire perspective on life.

    Also, nice painting that you chose! Good post!


    1. Art really does depend on the viewer’s perspective on life! There can be so many interpreted meanings on a single piece of work. Even the evoked emotions in the viewer can be different depending on the significance of the subject in the art. Each piece of work can remind someone of something, depending on their life experience. It truly is amazing.


  4. “Raw” photos really are the best photos. Reading your blog made me think about the evolution of the portrait. I mean, hundreds of years ago, a person had to sit in a pose for hours while being painted because it was the only way to capture his/her physical appearance. Now, with the simple click of a camera, we can capture every angle of a person and even catch unexpected (or “raw”) moments!

    The painting you chose stood out to me because it didn’t stand out to me at first. Does that make sense? As I was looking through all the blog posts and different paintings, I saw a lot of bodies and detailed fabrics and faces. However, when I came across yours, I saw a relatively blurry, hazey piece that I gazed over and looked past. A few seconds later I thought, “Now wait a minute, what WAS that a painting of?”. I reversed and went back to look closer and really see what was going on. This “double-take” moment is what made it beautiful to me. I hope my thought process makes sense to you because I really do enjoy your painting choice and interpretation of the piece. I think the bridge is the most important part because it provides that line of separation and path of guidance towards the desired focus point. The reflection on the water is amazing and the artist did an incredible job of creating a smokey, blazing scene.


    1. You make a really great point about portraits! It’s crazy how much time it takes to paint a portrait back then, and now we can effortlessly take numerous selfies on our phones in a few seconds. Even though photography has drastically changed how we capture moments in life, there is still beauty on how the photographer frames the subject.

      I can relate to you in that the painting stood out to me because it didn’t have any depictions of people nor was it an architectural building. I really like scenery paintings because it shows a place in the world that the artist was at a specific moment in time. Everyone experiences their day differently. Even if two people were at the same event, their perspectives can still be slightly different.


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