This Week’s Art: Expulsion – Moon and Firelight

This is Thomas Cole’s Expulsion – Moon and Firelight (1828, Oil on canvas, 35 7/8 in x 47 7/8 in), one of those pieces that I find very inspiring.  It’s a bit different than the images by Cole that I normally cite (like his Course of the Empire series, check out http://www.swarthmore.edu/Humanities/kjohnso1/colecourse.html), but it’s an interesting piece.

It reminds me of the modern fantasy works, as if we are peering into Cole’s magical, unique world.  Despite there not being a human element, which is most often found in his work, Cole offers up a dynamic, powerful image that grabs you and doesn’t let go. … Read the rest

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This week’s art: Death

This is Jacek Malczewski’s Death (1902, Oil on panel), and if you were a visitor to the former Message Boards of the Damned you may recognize this piece.  It’s one of my personal favorites, filled with everything that makes a piece of art great.

Malczewski is an important artist in Europe especially, a Polish artist who was very influential.  Many of his works mix history with legend and mythology, and nearly all of his works were symbolic in some way.

I like the color palette that he chooses to use in Death. … Read the rest

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