reading and writing about art / ways of seeing
The first article did not appeal to me as much as the second article. I did not find it to be very exciting or interesting, and the only part that I found intriguing was the difference between high and low art. I do not like the classifications of the two types of art, since low art is also considered unsophisticated and pedestrian. I think they should find different names for high and low art. It reminds me more of high and low classes.
I found â€śWays of Seeingâ€? much more interesting. The article believes that weâ€™re all affected by art from personal experiences. Everyone is looking at art from different worlds because different objects mean different things to people. One of the paintings that I found interesting was â€śRegentesses of the Old Menâ€™s Alms Houseâ€? because of the argument between the first and the second critic. The first critic assumed that the governor and the governess were dressed as a lower class than they really were because the artist was poor and bitter towards richer classes. On the other side, the second critic corrected the first opinion and explained that there wasnâ€™t bitterness towards the governor and governess. This is a good example of how past art cannot be examined in the present because the meaning will always be different. We will never know how the artist felt in the past because we can never go through the same experiences as them or live the lives they lived. I also liked the â€śWheatfield with Crowsâ€? because of the two different meanings it gives the audience before and after knowing why it was painted. Thereâ€™s more meaning once we understood the background of the artist, which I believe is very important when looking at and examining certain works of art. When talking about the reproduction of paintings, I do not agree with it because of the dispersal of meanings behind the work in the first place. It is alright for people to have their own opinions of what the art means, but I believe that the original truth is more important and gives more meaning and people can appreciate art more.