Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art:A Gallery Review
Paintingsare not jokes, but like jokes, not every painting is foreveryone.Just because a painting is not thatattracting nor interesting,a lot of people does not make it a bad painting. It does not make ita good painting either. Like theusual storiesabout your friends,your enemies,there is a time and a place for it, unless your story is inherentlyinteresting.Oryour friends are. Lifeis a matter of choice, and paintings provide the audience the realbeauty of life. Hence, paintings are choices that enables everyone tocapture the beauty of life. As for the gallery visit in BellagioGallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas last April 2014, different paintershave expressed different feelings and emotions through theirmasterpieces. Three of the masterpieces that caught my attention wasthat of a portrait of a young woman, the other woman who sat behind asofa, and the other one was that of an ancient Greek coin. Eachmasterpiece had portrayed different kinds of expressions, dependingon the audience` perceptions on the famous paintings.
Thefirst masterpiece shown in the left figure was a creation of MarieLouise Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun entitled, "Portraitof a young woman."This particular type of oil painting on canvas was a combination ofdark and light shades of colors, from the clothes that the youngwoman wear down to her natural white skin complexion. The strongcolor intensity that she used portrayed a lively and smoothbackground that showed happiness and serendipity in her emotions.Varying lines from straight and curve lines to thin ones suggest amatter of reality and mixed expressions of openness to the audience.A charming, young woman was shown to portray simplicity and beautythat the painter had experienced upon the creation of hermasterpiece. Femininism has also been the major theme of thismasterpiece, as a portrait of a young woman was formed among the manymodels that are available. Hence, the painter herself suggest astrong character of a woman as what she`d done on the artwork. Asimple, young woman can best describe the painter`s emotions.
Thesecond masterpiece shown on the left was done by Mary StevensonCassatt entitled, "Mrs.Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading." Theartist had created her masterpiece through oil painting on a panelbackboard. Hermasterpiece, similar to what Elisabeth stated, has provided a greatsense of serendipity and solidarity of a woman who was shown to bereading a book. The painter only use few colors in her artwork,probably because of the kind of life that a middle class woman hadexperienced in the past. Different kinds of lines have been used aswell as the color intensity that she used had probably portrayedloneliness and the problems that most middle class woman had been inthe modern life. By comparing it with the masterpiece previouslyshown in this paper, two conflicting ideas can be observed: a senseof liveliness and solidarity for the first artwork, while a sense ofloneliness and despair is what the second figure portrayed to theaudience. Hence, the two artists may have conflicting ideas toportray their feelings and emotions shown in their masterpiece. Theyhave different ways to show their perspective about a woman in asociety, as well as their view on what life is all about.
Thelast painting entitled "WhiteFlowers in a Bowl"was created by Berthe Morisot as a form of oil painting in a canvas.In comparison with the previous masterpiece shown earlier, thisartwork has a different theme being portrayed in the audience. Asdefined in her masterpiece, white flowers have shown to express thepurity brought in her illustration of a flower in a bowl. The commondenomination of white color suggest a peaceful and a solid way oflife that the artist had experienced in the past. Moreover, irregularcurves and lines have been observed in the illustration. The colorintensity more or less signifies a weak interpretation of the figureas shown by the dullness and lightness of the colors used. Only few,dull, and light colors were used by the artist. The masterpiece alsosuggest the emptiness of space it portrayed, as depicted by itsunattractive light color and use of lines and forms of texture. Theirregularity of the artwork`s texture and uniformity have suggested asense of disorder and unbalance of what the portrait is all about.The artist may want her audience to see and observe the two meaningsthat the figure represents: the first one suggests solidarity andpurity of what the figure illustrates, while the second idea suggestsits disunity and chaos as observed in its form and texture. These twoconflicting ideas have been the theme of this masterpiece, as a formof what the artist probably wants to tell to her audience.
Asa conclusion, after reviewing and analyzing the feelings and emotionsbeing portrayed by the three different artists, it showed that eachone of us have different perspectives on what life is all about. Itonly proves that each one of us have experienced different kinds ofemotions, and with these kinds of mixed feelings and emotions, we aregifted to express these experiences, in this case, in a form of artand masterpiece. The two artworks mentioned earlier, the Portraitof a young woman" and"Mrs.Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading",have shown a feminist way of living and describing the artist`semotions through the intensity of color that the used. Whereas forthe "WhiteFlowers in a Bowl",two conflicting ideas of solidarity and disorder may be formed in theillustration, depending on the perceptions being portrayed by theaudience. Hence, these three kinds of masterpiece all portray to onegoal, and that is to portray what the artists view about life, andwhat they feel about the kind of experience that each artists hadbeen into in the past.