Compare and Contrast
The two pieces of art I've chosen to compare, contrast, and analyze are Woman at the Height of her Beauty, by Kitagawa Utamaro and Mother and Child, by Mary Cassatt. Both pieces are reflective of different societies of the time period in which they were created, and both pieces have a background and deeper meaning that goes beyond what meets the viewers eye. However, the aesthetic appeal varies greatly between the two pieces, as do the ideas they correspond to.
Woman at the Height of her Beauty, which was made out of color woodblock print, depicts an Asian woman. The artist used linear movements and minimal decoration to create the ...view middle of the document...
The lines, colors, and forms are soft and gentle. These aspects help to create a feeling of tenderness and comfort. The positioning of the child's head on the mother's shoulder, the hand that is resting under the mothers chin, and the placement of the mothers arms around the child's body further develop the feelings of tenderness and comfort, as well as demonstrating the loving connection between mother and child. The piece is visually appealing to the viewer, which helps to suggest that such a connection is beautiful and to be appreciated. Though in this time period were expected to be hard working and actively taking care of the home, this woman appears to be relaxed and taking the time out of her day to sit with her child. This proposes to the viewer that there is beauty and value in living simply. It could also be inferred from the painting that taking care of the emotional needs of children is just as important as taking care of their physical ailments and the household in which they live in. The artist both contradicts preconceived notions of the time, while simultaneously presenting an idea that was not nearly as valued or credited.
While these two aforementioned pieces are visually contradicting in several ways, both...