Creating Meaning in Art

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Creating Meaning in Art

Category: Quantitative Research

Subcategory: Art

Level: College

Pages: 4

Words: 1100

Introduction
Communication through artistic work has been one of the areas that have given artists the hardest time to develop a niche. In many cases, drawing artists have given all that it takes to develop a comprehensive work that communicates the most innate information through artistic work. Some of the most commonly used media has been the introduction of color and other artistic effects into the drawing arts. In this paper, the use of color and composition in illustrating the inner meaning and treasures of art as carried out by Van Gogh is carefully given an analysis.
Creating Meaning through Art
Starry Night Case Study
Van Gogh’s artistic work in the use of color has been important in creating various meanings to achieve various artistic ends. In one case, the swirl wind painting that Van Gogh did in the year1889 has both the artistic and the composition effects. However, the use of color is very dominant in relaying the concept to the art readers than the composition in this case. The dominant color used, blue, denotes the presence of water. Without water, it would be very hard to develop a swirl wind and waves. Therefore, it becomes very easy to help people understand the concept that Vincent Van Gogh wanted to pass across through the art of Starry night on MyartsLab, as illustrated in “A World Of Art”, page 65 CITATION Say13 l 1033 (Sayre, 2013).
While composition can also be used to create and achieve thematic representation and need of the drawn artistic element, some thematic needs are best achieved through color. The association of the blue color to the sky and water are elements that easily resonates whet people have read out over time and have closely experienced in everyday lives. The use of composition, therefore, would only achieve less than what color does in the art as far as the development of the thematic need for water in the diagram is concerned.
The diagram archives the development of strong waves using curly lines that are arranged in a repetitive pattern. The roughness’s of the waves get the thematic representation from the different shades of blue color that is used to represent the original theme of water. The use of composition, including pebbles and gravel would be important in creating a rough texture to represent the rough waves of the water. In this case, the composition can achieve better representation of the idea than the use of colors. When the composition is used, the more the composing materials in a given place, the rougher the wave is likely to be. However, even with composition, the development of the waves would still require the arrangement of the composition materials in the circular patterns to reflect what the artists would like to portray, strong waves CITATION Say13 l 1033 (Sayre, 2013).
The concept of distance is achieved through the use of both color and texture of the composition. In the picture, it is possible to get the perspective distance when the objects in the middle and far ground are smaller than the objects in the foreground. By drawing small buildings in the picture middle-ground, Van Gogh illustrates the concept of perspective through the use of lines that gives the picture’s meaning. In the same diagram, the achievement of distance perspective is possible though composition as well. By developing smoother objects in the background, and rough objects in the foreground, Van Gogh gives more meaning to the art by allowing the viewers to realize the concept of distance between the foreground and the background.
The Sower Case Study
The illustrations of “The Sower”, as presented but Van Gogh is a great art where the use of color and line pattern create a true meaning and message to the art reader. The initial problem that Van Gogh had in the painting of the sower was color contrast, where the strong yellow color of the evening would create strong shadows on the sower to make the painting lose its meaning. However, on several attempts, Van Gogh finally makes a breakthrough with the color need; the blue and green sky got opposite color matches on the violet and orange colors on the ground. In this case, Van Gogh uses opposite colors to give the true meaning of the sky and the ground that are the true opposite of one another. The color contrast helps the art readers to understand the drawing much better.
The pencil painting version of “The Sower” by Van Gogh is useful in introducing the texture to the art. The need to represent the tilled ground in pencil is made possible by use of approximately five to ten short lines that seem to merge at similar points, and each group presenting different directions. This is the most accurate representation of a tilled uneven but regular surface for the sower to do the sowing. The patterns created to represent an infinite area that gives the impression that the farm must be very big.
Van Gogh makes use of the most basic elements of art, lines and dots to create meaning on his illustrations. The use of long or short, straight or curved lines by Van Gogh in the pencil drawing can present different meanings to the painted picture CITATION Say13 l 1033 (Sayre, 2013). Notably, the combination of lines and dots in the background clearly shows the sky with piercing sun rays. Areas closer to the circular line representing the sun has less use of dots, to show how brighter they are, but areas that are far away from the sun have a dense concentration of dots, to show the introduction of darkness in the drawing. Straight lines near the circle clearly show the sun rays, however, dark the lines are drawn, the illustration to show light using black colored lines is very accurate.
Night Café Case Study
Van Gogh uses orange and dominant brown colors to create a very inspiring night café on page 128 CITATION Say13 l 1033 (Sayre, 2013). The darker shading of the area below the pool table shows a possible shadow. Automatically, this convinces the art reader that the art is designed to represent night time. The arrangement of the bottles in the background, a size comparable to the larger chair in the foreground creates distance perspective. Light brown color shades on the lamps above the building and their surrounding show the sources of light in the café. In this artistic work, Van Gogh makes use of pure color variations to create meaning from his drawing. However, a composition could make more sense in this artistic work if different materials would be used to model a three-dimensional piece of art from the picture.
Conclusion
Van Gogh gives classical cases where the use of color, lines, dots, and composition are important in creating meaning to the artistic work. This presents a case where anything the artist gets down modeling gets to have great meaning irrespective of the material used.

Reference BIBLIOGRAPHY l 1033 Sayre, H. M. (2013). A World of Art. New York: Pearson Education, Inc.