Formal Analysis of a Work Of Art


FormalAnalysis of a Work Of Art

FormalAnalysis of a Work Of Art

Worksof art have formed a crucial aspect of lives of human beings both inthe conventional and contemporary human societies. Of course, it iswell acknowledged that they primarily serve as decorative worksalthough there are numerous instances where their designers use themto pass a particular message pertaining to their lives or even thesocieties in which they lived. Irrespective of the essence or use ofthe specific works, it is evident that the designers or artists go togreat lengths to produce the impressive details in them (Kissick,1996).This is the case for the image of three oranges.

Thispiece of art incorporates three oranges each of which comes inadifferent color. There is the yellow-green fruit that is on the lefthand, which is placed side by side with an orange that has dark greencolor. At the extreme right is a yellow orange standing on its own.The three oranges are placed on what seems to be a ceramic platformthat is a mixture of white and black albeit in intricate design. Atthe background there is a light bluish wall, which seems to clear outat the right hand side, which means that this could be the directionof the source of light. Of course, this is complemented by the factthat the shadows of the three oranges point to or fall on the lefthand side. On the lower part of the picture slightly below theceramic top is a dark bluish portion that seems to be a bit uneven,which could be a piece of cloth or leather that drops down to theframe of the picture but is fixed to the ceramic portion of theplatform.


Whydid the artist use images of fruits of different colors?

Asstated the image incorporates fruits that have slightly differentcolors and complexions. This is the only way that the artist couldbring life into the picture, as it shows that the oranges are indifferent stages of growth and maturity. This is the same case withthe placement of the oranges on a ceramic platform, an aspect thateliminates ambiguity from the picture.

Questions:Why does the artist use warm colors for some portions of thepainting?

Thepainter uses warm colors in creating the image of the orange at theright hand side, and to a much lower extent, the one on the left.This brings in some element of contrast with the background which islight blue in color. On the same note, the warm colors are creditedwith creating variety ad unity. This is particularly the caseconsidering that the warm colors are used all over the piece, coupledwith the utilization of a single solid-colored background, whichestablishes some unity in the artwork (Kissick,1996).On the same note, the contrast created by the cool colors and warmcolors produces some variety.

Whydid the artist to use colors other than the traditional white andblack colors?

Traditionally,artworks were made using black colors on a white surface orbackground, with some hues of light-black. However, the artistdeparts from this tradition so as to give the image a modern feelunlike the traditional works of art. Needless to say, the use ofcolor fives the fruits some life and makes them seem real.


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