“Interrupted Reading” [Painting Analysis]

The French painter Jean-Baptiste  Camille Corot  strongly influenced the development of landscape painting in the 19th century. Corot contributed to some aspects of impressionism, a 19th century art movement, and in addition to his landscapes pieces, he also painted skillful portraits. Corot’s influenced future generations into a landscape work while capturing the importance of his artistic style. Even though i was able to obtain information on the painter,  it was a difficult assignment to gather information on this painting; I was obtaining the same sources of information over and over.

The sources that I first obtain seemed to not be so reliable, except for the book on famous painters and their influence on future generations. The book however, didn’t give explanation on the painting itself and for a better understanding of the portrait I had to look for more credible sources on it. I looked up on Google scholars some other interesting books and articles on the author and his background information, however, I seemed to not be getting enough information on the painting though.

 My first impression on the painting was that the girl was simply bored; once I was given the title of the painting, “Interrupted Reading, I came to understand that something was distracting her. The girl must have been thinking about a certain situation or problem going around causing her to be distracted from reading the book in her hands. The Art Institude of Chicago describes this paiting as an ideal woman during that post era. From the information that I obtain, it is said that women were portrayed in a depressed image because this gave men authority over them and made them weak an unable to do things on thier as well.  One is not able to really know what the woman is thinking about but I do believe that the painting itself shows a thoughtful woman with little interest on what she is reading.

Published in: on April 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Interrupted Reading…

“Beauty in art is truth bathed in an impression received from nature. I am struck upon seeing a certain place. While I strive for conscientious imitation, I yet never for an instant lose the emotion that has taken hold of me. “

-(Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot)-

-Corot, Interrupted Reading, (1870)-

 Rhetorical Precis:

[1] http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ZbCMm8irnhgC&oi=fnd&pg=PR13&dq=Jean-Baptiste+Camille+Corot&ots=N299tCOWeT&sig=TNzcbhFn1AIIUKSoaPE9zDtgCiM#v=onepage&q=Jean-Baptiste%20Camille%20Corot&f=false 

[2] In the book  “Painters By Painting” the auhtor, Eric Protter,  claims that  the French painter Jean-Baptiste  Camille Corot  strongly influenced the development of landscape painting in the 19th century. [3] Corot contributed to some aspects of impressionism and in addition to his landscapes pieces, he also painted skillful portraits. [4] Eric Protter explains Corot’s artistic life in order to demonstrate how he was able to influence future generations through his paintings. [5] Protter, however, intended to write this book for those young painters in the road for success.

 [1] http://www.jean-baptiste-camille-corot.com/

[2] In this art directory website, the reader is given basic background information on  Corot’s life and  implies that in 1850 various landscape painters were already being exposed and influenced to a new style of art. [3] Corot moved away from his usual art style and  began to move towards to a more liberal style with a stronger sense of atmosphere. [4] The website includes this information, aside from his background information, in order to give the reader a sence of the importance of Corot’s confidence and liberal style in the art field.  [5] The intended audience are those who would like to know how Corot’s pieces of art  became a new inspiration for many.

[1] http://www.dropbears.com/a/art/biography/Jean-Baptiste_Camille_Corot.html

[2] This article suggests that Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot was one of the first great modern landscapist that through his paintings inspired many painters and non-painters as well. [3] Corot’s influence upon modern art was reflected in his work of art in which he was able to give his work quality of reality that came from his own experiences. [4] His techniques are briefly explained and incorporated in this article in order to emphasize Corot’s influence  into a landscape work while capturing the importance of his art style. [5]The intended audience are for those interested in the methods he used in order to complete a piece of art.

Published in: on April 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Girl With The Green Face…


-Jawlensky, Girl With The Green Face (1910)-

      —>(Primary Source)<—

        —>(Secondary Source)<—            

Materials and Techniques: Oil on composition board
Dimensions: 20 15/16 x 19 9/16 in. (53.2 x 49.7 cm)

  [This painting is a collection of The Art Institute of Chicago and was created by Alexei Jawlensky (1864- 1941), German born in Russia.]

When I first saw this painting, I thought it was a very ugly and meaningless one because it seem plain dead.  It reminded me of a little kid who decided to simply paint the face green for no reason. Even though I still don’t like the painting, I still think that there is a very interesting sight to it. First of all, odd choice of colors, specially the face crate a mood of envy and jealousy, but if one looks closely it seems as if the girl is very thoughtful and somewhat sad about the situation.  I am not very good at interpreting art pieces, but im sure that every line and color  that the artist chose is meaningful to the piece. What I see as a thoughtful sad girl, others may just say it has  of jealousy because of the face color.

The primary source was the painting itself. To obtain the picture I googled the image by typing girl with the green face and once I found out the name of the painter it was easier to obtain my secondary and tertiary sources. The website of the Art Institute of Chicago is a reliable source and has basic information of the painting; this can be consider as a secondary source because it is an account of the painting. For more information on the author i followed a link that gave a brief biography on him and this  is another secondary source as well. In there I found an interesting thing that said, “Jalwensky’s paintings evolved from portraits and religious pieces to abstract and geometric designs.” I want to say that this painting in specific was one of these abstract and geometric designs because of the simple use of lines and colors. 


(Primary) http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/79588

(Secondary) http://www.davidrumsey.com/amica/amico549738-5445.html

(Secondary) http://wwar.com/masters/j/jawlensky-alexei.html 

(Tertiary) This would be websites such as Wikipedia and websites of blogs as well.

Published in: on March 29, 2010 at 4:51 pm  Leave a Comment