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Hogarth, Twombly & Gainsborough


INTRODUCTION:

Here is a selection of other artists that I wanted to briefly research and investigate.

I will be focusing on the formal visual elements each of them has used and the reasons for my selection.


WILLIAM HOGARTH:

HOGARTH 1

REASONS FOR SELECTING:

  • similar to Francisco Goya’s etchings and drawings – presented in the same exhibition at The Whitworth in Manchester
    • could learn a lot by observing his etching technique and the way he used it to shade and convey various textures
    • observation of everyday life – real human behaviours – suffering – intense emotion – which is enhanced through his technical skill and compositional decisions
  • he seems to be conveying chaos – overpopulation of the time? sickness? – overflowing with information – an overpowering experience – the viewer has to investigate the drawing thoroughly – around 7 different narratives going on at the same time – the viewer can explore them in their own time – but their eye is cleverly guided from the foreground all the way to the background

 

CY TWOMBLY:

TWOMBLY 1

REASONS FOR SELECTING:

  • the seemingly random and unrelated mark-making allows for multiple reading and perceptions
  • rapidness – movement – chaos
  • different types of ‘information’ conveyed with different characteristics – colour, line, technique etc.
  • could also be investigated in terms of time and space?
    • the spontaneous and chaotic mark-making could be the result of experiencing his observed subject
    • perhaps it was something that was moving
    • or, a place/space that has a lot of elements that he wanted to capture instantaneously or very quickly?

THOMAS GAINSBOROUGH:

Wooded Landscape with Peasant Asleep and Horses outside a Shed c.1775-80 by Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788

REASONS FOR SELECTING:

  • we can identify the subject/figure of the drawing despite the ambiguous/blurry marks
  • the mark-making seems very rapid yet controlled
  • only a few of the marks actually directly give the information about the characteristics of the subject matter
    • the rest seems random – undirected
  • the figures of the horses seem to be in movement
    • only 2 of 4 clearly identifiable
    • blur
    • blending in with the surroundings
  • depiction of night?
    • only the essential information is given as a result – shapes and forms that convey the presence of the object
  • the environment seems to be subject to change – it feels unsteady
  • loss of vision?
  • strong light-dark contrast
    • brings out the horses to the foreground of the action
    • strong light source

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