Caroline Attie, PHD Art Critique Assignment 1: Part 2: Interpretation & Judgement Title: Landscape with Butterflies Artist: Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 35 x 40 cm Date: 1956 Location: Private collection INTERPRETATION: Looking at this painting for the first time, you literally see a ‘Landscape with Butterflies’. The setting is in a desert on a hot summer’s day with clear blue skies, and somehow abnormally large butterflies have found their way to this desert.
This peculiar setting is what gives away its belonging to the Surrealist movement, which Salvador Dali as perfected so well. Knowing that its a surrealist painting, we cannot think that this is merely a landscape with butterflies, it must have a much deeper, darker meaning that cannot be given away through the strokes and colors used to paint it. With such paintings, the elements and principles of art merely enhance and accentuate the hidden meanings of the painting, but they never tell the story. For example, in Landscape With Butterflies, Dali tells an emotional story of how his
Arts 1301 – Art Appreciation Haya Hachem 1110239 Instructor: Caroline Attie, PHD mother, father, and wife have impacted him throughout his life. He paints the relationship he’s had with them, and the relationships they have with one another, and he does this using the vaguest approach of all. Such paintings require knowledge of the artist’s life and his experiences through life in order to grasp as much meaning as possible behind such odd expressions of art/ self. After researching and discovering the meaning of the painting, everything begins to make sense.
The Term Paper on A Great Painting Enriches Our Experience of Life, Just as a Great Poem Does or a Great Musical Composition
People can associate with each other talking on their own language. But it is too hard to understand people all over the world because they are speaking different languages. But there is one way that always gives possibility to understand each other. It is art. Moreover it can tell more in every genre of it than if you say in words. The art have born with human. And it is known from the ancient ...
The strong bold colors reflect the intense emotions the artist has towards this subject matter. The strong shadows (lines) and dynamism (fluttering butterflies) show the instability of his relationships, or his personal instability with those people. Butterflies could resemble an image of a woman (symbolism): beautiful and fleeting. The rock resembles the strength of his father, along with the strong influence he’s had on Dali’s life. The clear blue sky could show that no matter the complications he’s had, he is content and happy.
Dali is always successful with his use of symbolism and his choice of themes for each of his paintings, however this painting seems quite mundane when compared to his other paintings. JUDGEMENT: Given that this painting is by Salvador Dali, its disappoints. Usually Dali produces far more interesting compositions to look at and enjoy, therefore this one sort of renders boring in comparison. Dali has a fairytale approach towards self-expression, creating compositions that sweep your mind to a world of odd creatures, scale, colors, meanings, etc.
In Landscape With Butterflies, the same effect is not felt as strongly as with his other paintings, which is why this painting might never make it into a museum. This artwork is considered lively due to the use of color, shape, and space. Looking at it can only evoke positive emotions mainly because butterflies are a beautiful thing to observe in nature. The setting is on a sunny day, which further evokes positive sensations. Arts 1301 – Art Appreciation Haya Hachem 1110239 Instructor: Caroline Attie, PHD
One can always learn the art of great symbolism from Dali, and of course this painting contains symbolism within all its forms and colors, therefore studying such paintings can inspire artists to use such symbolism in their own work. Furthermore, use of color is very critical. Knowing how to use your colors to further emphasize your subject matter is very important, as well as use of lines, scale, proportion, etc. In Landscape With Butterflies, strong bright colors, complimentary colors, dark shadows, etc. all reflected the intense emotional feel behind this painting. Other Paintings by Salvador Dali:
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