Friday, November 27, 2009

Sad and conflicted

The figure is engulfed by line work, the "Weeping Nude" by Munch utilizes the visual medium to convey the idea...the darkness around the face combined with the fleshy, light areas on the arm and back counter balance the strong line created on the right hand side of the picture plane between the red and green.

The figure becomes the bridge that connects these visually opposite areas...the use of green in the figure further ties the picture plane together...all is in balance, but these visual devices embody the sorrow of the moment...we are voyeurs into a life, a sad and in conflict existence.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Image and title

A strong commentary on relationships and personal, emotional tragedy...this piece by Edvard Munch entitled, "Vampire," attempts to conceptually close the space between image and title. It looks like a fairly normal embrace, the male figure is buried in the breast of the woman in a submissive pose and she appears to be kissing his neck, or is she sucking him emotionally dry?

There is always a darkness to Munch's work, an eerie, unexplained ambiguous, but active background....mark making, concentric line work around the figures, touches of color, but used visually to move the eye around, creating a sense of unity...without the title, would this be just an embrace?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

In the moment

Enough said! The most famous and popularized Munch painting...he did several versions of the piece in different mediums...a very unique approach to an unsettling emotion at the time...a triangular compositions, moving from the main "screaming" figure, up the right and across the sky to the two figures on the left hand side and back down to the figure.

The line work and waves of paint/emotion carries the viewer around visually like directional arrows on a highway...a strong complimentary color scheme, blue and orange, balanced with brown/neutrals...creating visual vibration, parallel to those feelings during a scream.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Love and loss

This piece by Edvard Munch entitled, Separation II, is a beautiful exploration of longing and loss. The female form is facing away, looking out over the landscape her hair is merging with the striated background...blowing away in the dark environment.

The male form is contemplating the past, eyes closed and head tilted away from her...a dream of what was and what could have been...the decorative, rectilinear shape at the bottom of the picture plane tieing in with the reddish orange organic shapes below and to the left of his face...her hair is draped over his shoulder, part of him but separate.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Exploring Angst

Confronted by the darkness and angst, a series of exploration in Anxiety by Edvard Munch...the faces are expressionless but the organization of the individuals is random, asymmetrical, lost and standing waiting...suspended in time and water...

Contrast of color, strong complimentary color scheme...flowing and vibrating line work...capturing the dark and lucid moment in construction...I have also included the simplified print version to see how the composition is re-organized to fit the context, color and material concerns...Munch does an amazing job capturing the emotion of a point in time.