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Anselm Kiefer – Cultural Healing through Memory
Cultural Healing/Heritage through Memory This paper examines the artist Anselm Kiefer, and the notions of memory as heritage within the work produced by him. It is therefore suggested that exploring the values and meanings associated with Kiefer’s art works in this way within contemporary society provides valuable insight into the complex relationships of art, memory…
A Burial of Romanticism – Gustave Courbet
Courbet and Schiller: A Burial of Romanticism In this paper I am going to discuss the revolutionary French painter of the 19th century, Jean Désiré Gustave Courbet through the notion of aesthetic and political freedom, as restated by the German philosopher Friedrich von Schiller in his Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Mankind (1793-4). Due…
The Linear versus The Painterly
Nicolas Poussin – The Age of Reason
Nicolas Poussin and the Age of Reason This essay aims to demonstrate Nicolas Poussin’s role as one of the key figures in the foundation of the French Academy. Through an analysis of his paintings Israelites gathering Manna in the desert, Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well, and The Judgment of Solomon specifically, we see the key fundamental ideas…
The Mediterranean ‘light’ on canvas versus physical reality.
Constantin Brancusi’s Manifestation in Flight By Demetrios Voulgarellis At a first glance, in viewing Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space 1923 (Fig. 1), we perceive that it is a non-representational work of art. In that it lends itself towards a symbolic manifestation to something greater, transcending through space rather than a mere representation of an individual…