Find two works of art from the sites listed below: the first one two-dimensional, the second three-dimensional. For each one, write four sentences describing the artistic principles present in the work. Do not refer to any subject matter. Remember, be objective in your descriptions. Be objective in your descriptions. An example might be; “The work makes an abundant use of pattern,” or “this work uses asymmetric balance in its composition”.
Then, for each work, write one sentence that describes your subjective reaction. An example might be “The artwork has a dynamic feel to it” or “The scale in this work disorients me.”
To complete this assignment I chose two objects from the Smithsonian Freer Sackler galleries of Asian art because I will be visiting there soon. The first piece is “Birds in a Landscape, Willow Trees, Some Peonies” by Sanraku, painting is Japan 1559 - 1635, Muromachi period. The heavier part of this painting is on the rights, with strong horizontal lines that move us to the boulder in the center which is the focus. The left side is much lighter, having only a few patches of grass. The repetition of the patches of grasses and birds creates a rhythm and flow to the painting. The curvy lines flow into the water, giving the whole piece a soft moving feeling. This pieces gives me the feeling of peacefulness of nature.
The second piece is “Head of a Pharaoh” from 2675 to 2120 BCE, Old Kingdom, Egypt. This piece uses black stone to portray the head of a Pharaoh. The hair is elongated, and the beard is also elongated, giving the piece a strong vertical movement. The eyes are set with gold, making them the clear focus of the piece. The piece is perfectly symmetrical with strong horizontal lines. The effect is to emphasis the wisdom and experience of the Pharaoh.