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Art Appreciation Essay

984 words - 4 pages

Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale

Carlos Luna

Arbol Grande, Guajiro Yo

Oil on canvas

2001

180 x 200 cm/ 71 x 79 in

Collection of the Artist

The painting “Arbol Grande, Guajiro Yo” has a tree painted in the middle. The tree has

many colorful leaves. There is a man sitting beneath the tree, who is smoking a cigar.

Apparently, because of the smoking his doing, he is surrounded by a cloud of smoke. The man is

wearing a hat and has a mustache on his face. Also, there are flowers on the bottom of the

painting, this is the ground of the picture.

The painting has many colors; for example, the leaves of the tree are green, yellow,

orange, blue, and red, with ...view middle of the document...

I think this painting is very colorful and pretty in a weird way. I would actually have this

painting in my house, maybe in a bright living room. It’s sort of something typical from my

parent’s country, which is sort of heartwarming in some manner. My parents are from El

Salvador which isn’t an island like Cuba, but the painting shows a landscape of the country side

of someplace.

Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale

Martin Johnson Heade

Apple Blossom and Hummingbird

1871

Oil on Board

Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy
The painting “Apple Blossom and Hummingbird” is a piece on a landscape. In this

painting there are many plants and trees surrounding it. There is a bird on one of the branches of

a tree. The bird is of a green and red color. The tree that the bird is standing on is the main one in

the painting, because it’s right at the middle of the painting. There are also flowers all around the

scenery and all of them are pink, including the ones on the main tree. The sky surrounding the

trees is very grey, and very dark.

This painting is very organic, because there is nothing but plants in it. All the plants are

shaped organically. This whole painting is based on nature, with all the trees and flowers. Since

this is a landscape painting it gives a sense of atmospheric hazing. Also, it gives a perceptive that

the Apple Blossom trees continue continuously throughout and beyond the picture. The shading

in this picture is both dark and light. For example, the sky is very dark and gives an aura of

darkness to the landscape. But the main apple blossom tree is very glowy and makes it seem like

it’s shining, giving it a light look. The sky in this painting is very achromatic.
The painting has repetition of the apple blossom trees all around the scenery. Also, the

emphasis area is the main...

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