6 students holding 4x6 index cards to make up one large drawing

Wk 8: Sketching in the Japanese Garden



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6 students holding 4x6 index cards to make up one large drawing
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Points on BeachBored

All points through Week 7 are now up on BeachBored. Be sure to check your points and know where you stand! So far we’ve had 372 points possible. Here’s how many points you should have to be on track for each grade level, and how many peeps in 1p / 2:30 are currently at each grade level:

A = 335 points – 57 / 49
B = 298 points – 5 / 5
C = 261 points – 1 / 2
D = 224 points – 0 / 0
F = 223 points – 2 / 6

  • 1p GPA = 3.77
  • 2:30 GPA = 3.47


Top 5 @1pm:

  1. Hannah Adams, 458
  2. Stephanie Arciva, 445
  3. Maritess Anne Inieto, 427
  4. Joy Elizabeth Uba, 417
  5. Carlos Villicana, 417

Top 5 @2:30:

  1. Lydia Chang, 503
  2. Nathan Davalos, 495
  3. Jamie Van, 447
  4. Yesenia Hernandez, 446
  5. Adriana Maciel, 424

Cool Website OTW

Nkechi Okoroma's website with a pencil and paper theme
Nkechi Okoroma

Check out Nkechi Okoroma’s cool website with the scotch tape and pencils and “papers” that look like you wrote a paper! 🙂

Photo overlooking The Brewery campus
The Brewery / Downtown LA

EC: Brewery Art Walk

22-23 October, 11am – 6pm

Speaking of Artwalks, a big one is coming up. The Brewery is a former Pabst Blue Ribbon beer brewery that’s been converted into a giant artist live-work loft space. Hundreds of artists have spaces there and about 150 or so will open their studios for the artwalk weekend.

Extra Credit:

  • Visit studios
  • Chat with artists
  • Take selfie w artist
  • Write a thoughtful paragraph about their work
  • Blog it
  • 5 points EC / artist
  • Up to 10 artists, so up to 50 points EC
  • Post by next Sunday night, Oct 23.

Wk 8 – This Week!

  • Art Talk Discussionat the bottom of this post
  • ActivitySketching @CSULB Japanese Garden
  • Artist Conversationnone this week
  • Classmate Conversation@CSULB Japanese Garden, normal format

Classmate Questions this week:

  1. What is a piece of art, of any medium, that you would like to share with everyone? Why do you like it and why do you think others should experience (read, see, listen to, etc.) it? – Carlos
  2. Would you be supportive of your child wanting to pursue an art career? Why or why not? – Anonymous
  3. Open your phones to the 1st page. What apps do you both have? What apps are different? Discuss! – Glenn

Write next week’s Classmate Question OTW here: Classmate Question OTW

Artist Conversations

Art Talk OTW

  1. 3 Million Years of Art History
  2. Joseph DeLappe
  3. Mahsa Soroudi
  4. The Mind in the Cave
  5. Graffiti Writing: Bomb It
  6. Classical Greece & Rome
  7. Renaissance & Baroque
  8. 19th Century

Interactive Art History Timeline

If you want to play with the Art History Timeline that you see me using in these talks, you can get your very own copy & the Freemind software to view, modify, or make your own, here:

Extra Credit?

Art110 students recreating Jacques-Louis David's 1818 painting The Farewell of Telemachus & Eucharis
The farewell of Kenny & Bock


116 responses to “Wk 8: Sketching in the Japanese Garden”

  1. moniquealcala Avatar

    Monique Alcala

    After watching this week’s Art Talk I decided to do more research on Claude Monet. He is amongst one of the most popular painters of our times, yet I am not too familiar with his work. After browsing through his work, I stumbled upon his 1881 painting of “Sunflowers”. Sunflowers are my favorite flowers so to see him capture their beauty from an impressionism viewpoint really stood out to me and caught my attention. Interestingly enough, Vincent Van Gogh also painted his own version of the Sunflowers piece and while most critics said that Van Gogh’s painting was better he said he could not disagree more. The difference between their Sunflower paintings was that Monet focused on the flowers as a whole while Van Gogh was a perfectionist and wanted to paint the flowers as life like as possible. Monet’s paintings of sunflowers were his favorite. What I love most about this painting is the technique in which Monet painted the flowers. While the strokes of his brush are messy, they still mesh well and the colors he chooses helps distinguish the lighting and texture.

    1. Daniel Velazquez Avatar

      Hello Monique
      When I heard about Claude Monet, I also did not know who he was, I had never seen any of his work or even knew that he was an artist. When I looked up his work I found a page with his “95” art works and they all look amazing. The sunflowers for example are very detailed shows every part of the plant as it is in real life. I am starting to have a new like and thats paintings or drawings of real life things. There sure are artist with excellent talents out there such as Claude Monet once was.

  2. lozano1021 Avatar

    Araceli Lozano

    Hey Monique,
    I have never heard of Claude Monet so I also decided to do research on him. I also liked the sunflower painting he did but my favorite was his beach painting called “Ally Point Low Tide”, i just love the colors and a beach view. Though I enjoy more of black and white photography and paintings, i have to say that Monet’s style is different but fascinating.

  3. lozano1021 Avatar

    Araceli Lozano

    So i decided to do more research on the 19th century because i am somewhat clueless on stuff related to art. I began to research Claude Monet. I loved a specific painting about a beach called Ally Point Low Tide, i loved how the the painting looks as if you can run your fingers on it and you can feel the the waves. Also looking at his work one popped out at me, at first I was wondering where i had seen that painting before and then i realized that I had seen it on Ink Masters. On season 6 Episode 11 they were doing Fine art tattoos and one of the contestants was getting Monet’s Waterlilies tattooed on her rib-cage (which i have heard hurts like hell). The artist ended up screwing the tattoo up because she changed the colors and the shape of the flowers (i can’t really blame her because they are limited on time and Monet wasn’t rushed). But i thought it was cool that there is people who really love some pieces of art that they would get them tattooed on their body.

    1. Stephanie Arciva Avatar

      Stephanie Arciva
      Hi Araceli!
      After looking the the painting for myself, I too loved the painting. This piece, which is part of my favorite movement, the impressionism movement, captures the key ideas of the movement, like vibrant colors, soft edges, and beautiful outdoor scenery. I find great appreciation towards pieces like these; they provide me with amazement and comfort. I do find it courageous to undergo a needle that long to get a piece like this tattooed on someone. I personally don’t know if I could handle it, and I feel like there would be a lot of pressure on the tattoo artist considering he has to replicate such amazing work. Also, I am curious to see how the tattoo turned out because a large contribution to the piece is from the vague clarity considering they used no straight lines in the time period. Overall, I loved the painting you brought mention!

      1. Stephanie Arciva Avatar

        *Overall, I love the painting you mentioned!

    2. yonathansahle Avatar

      Yonathan Sahle

      In response to Araceli’s comment,

      I too did research on the Art of the 19th century, and after reading your comment i looked at the piece of art you mentioned. I thought i looked really soothing to look at and made me really relaxed. It amazes me to know that Tide. This piece is so relaxing to look at and it reminds of the beach, but its like a better version haha. I’ve actually seen the show InkMasters one time, but its cool that you’ve seen the piece of art there. Im glad you mentioned that piece of art its really amazing.

    3. amysongblog Avatar

      Amy Song

      Hi Araceli! I also really liked Impressionism art the most! I liked the soft paint brush strokes they used. I feel that these strokes makes these paintings look surreal to me. The effect it has is mesmerizing and I really like it. My favorite Monet painting has to be woman with a parasol. I really liked the colors used in the painting. I also really liked how the way the woman’s dress was drawn shows movement and adds the effect of wind.

      1. irepbrian Avatar

        Brian Sath

        Hello Steph!

        I totally agree that the post-impressionalism was my favorite time period. I feel like Vincent Van Gogh’s painting of The Starry Night is one of my favorite art pieces. It truly has vibrant colors while also incorporating a dark background. Nothing is straight and it’s just interesting how the art piece was put together. I also agree that the shift to the outdoors really captures earth’s natural beauty. Art pieces moved away from realism of portraits of people and sculptures of people to capturing nature itself. This is a piece that I feel like we have forgotten about nowadays! I also discovered this link of The Starry Night on dark water animation. You should definitely check it out!

        1. amanateeseawarrior Avatar

          Amanda Martinez

          Hey Brian! That video was amazing! It was so calming especially when the artist synced the movements of the water with the music. I also really like Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, but I have never seen it like that. It was really cool how he transformed the painting in the one of Van Gogh’s self-portraits. I never realized until after watching this video that Van Gogh uses a lot of the same colors in his paintings that is why he was able to make it into one of his self-portraits. He used lots of blue, yellow, and green in his paintings. Everyone should watch this video it’s so cool.

        2. samueldelacruzblog Avatar

          Samuel De La Cruz

          Hey Brian, that video was really great and the way he put that painting together was amazing. I have seen this kind of art before for car parts, where they make a design in the special water and then just dip in the car part, then the nice pic or design is transferred over onto the part. I never thought of how the process was done to make the design or art in this video’s case, but it is fascinating to see the process carried out to see each step of the picture. I really like how he set up the colors and his use of colors were identical to Van Gogh’s painting. This was a nice find of a video and I enjoyed watching it.

        3. beentiredblog Avatar

          Kayla Tafoya-Sablan

          Hey, Brian! Dude, that video was so cool! I can’t believe how talented and creative people are nowadays–it’s literally insane. Starry Night was never, like, my favorite painting by Van Gogh, but it’s a beautiful piece nonetheless. It’s just really cool to see someone recreate it in such a creative way. Van Gogh was an incredible artist. Thanks for sharing that video. It was a trip! I watched it twice, ha ha. Really cool.

        4. Marlene Rodriguez Avatar

          Hi Brian!
          This was an awesome video! I really enjoyed watching it and I just thought it was such an amazing piece of art. The detail was right to the point and it just amazed me at how each picture was able to turn into something else with using only such little colors. I’ve never seen anything like this and i’ll definitely be looking way more into this art.

    4. alilovesart Avatar

      Interesting comment Stephanie, I too was really intrigues with the impressionism movement. I also too discover that a key idea of impressionism reflects how the advancements in science was developing a recognition and that the eye perceived and what the brain understood are 2 totally different things. It was truly fascinating just to tap into this ideology, I wonder the thought process behind coming up with such research. You mentioned you liked the starry night pieces by vincent van gogh, I too was truly amazed by those pieces. the amount of challenge they induce in the human mind and the traditional techniques they implanted in the art is beautiful. I too over all enjoyed the art period and the key elements of impressionism.

      1. Evan Burton Avatar


        The concept of perception in the impressionist movement is very vital to its characteristics. Impressionism is based on the artist’s perception of what he or she is creating. If their perspective is negative, then the impressionist piece may be somewhat more gloomy than what the actual image looks like. You stated that the impressionist movement may reflect advancements in science which occurred during the Enlightenment era, and there probably are several connections. I believe impressionism may be a result of the Enlightenment period, as a sort of rebuttal to the logic-heavy ideas of the time. Realism became popular and was used to show the struggles of the working class in a way that never happened before. Artists depicted real world situations instead of just portraits of nobles, and it was far less glamorous. Eventually, I can see this trend of only showing real world scenarios becoming dull, so the impressionist movement was likely a welcome relief from the seriousness of realism.

  4. Stephanie Arciva Avatar

    Stephanie Arciva
    After watching the video regarding the 19th century, I was most intrigued with the Impressionism movement. From my research on the movement, I learned some important background information. I discovered that a key idea of impressionism reflected how the advancements in science was developing a recognition that what the eye perceived and what the brain understood were two different things. I find this idea woven into my curriculum as a scientist as well. Not only were the ideas behind impressionism so fascinating, but I fell in love with the artwork. Pieces like The Starry Night and The Starry Night Over the Rhone, by Vincent Van Gogh, amazed me. I admire how they challenged traditional techniques and incorporated no straight lines and vibrant colors. Also different to traditional scenery, impressionism took a shift to the outdoors to capture earth’s natural beauty. I feel to contradiction to traditional techniques helped revolutionize the 19th century that involved many of the movements like romanticism and realism. Although each movement had described differences, they all contributed to the 19th century to create this important and influential time period. Overall, I enjoyed the art of the period as well as discovering the key elements of the impressionism movement.

    1. Alex Miramontes Avatar
      Alex Miramontes

      Alex Miramontes

      In response to Stephanie Arciva’s comment, I agree one of the most fascinating aspects of the 19th century was the Impressionism movement. I always find it interesting how going against the norms of society can start a whole movement and strongly influence a society. For artist such as Claude Monet who challenged the norms of art and created a whole new style. As you mentioned, its fascinating how they challenged traditional techniques and used different artistic methods. I read that you really enjoyed The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and that is one of my favorite art pieces because of the usage of color. The vibrant colors of The Starry Night always captures my attention.

    2. adamshannah96yahoocom Avatar

      Hi Stephanie,
      I really liked that you bring up the importance of Impressionism. It was such a break from tradition for these artists. Just seeing the video last week on the art of the Renaissance brought into focus what a real change this was. Renaissance art was so much more ordered and flawless. The paintings were so realistic, many seemed like they were photographs. That was the way art was for many years. But Impressionism changed that view dramatically. “Art” suddenly changed in definition. It may seem obvious now that Van Gogh or Monet’s paintings are masterpieces, but at the time, art had a much stricter rules. Most Impressionist artists faced harsh opposition from conventional artists in France. Impressionist art didn’t follow rigid rules. It focused more on emotion that perfection, and in the end this new style won out. Today Impressionist art is highly sought after, with many paintings by the more famous artists like Monet going for upwards of 80 million dollars. But Impressionism was more than just an interesting style from a past era. It really changed our understanding of what art is. One of our very first meetings we were told to ask our classmates “What is art?”. There was every range of response, from traditional paintings to anything worked by human hands. How would an early 1800s art student answer, I wonder? Probably they would have a much more narrow definition. I really love the rise of the Impressionists, because they changed our views so heavily. Art is so much more ambiguously defined now. We have the freedom to express ourselves in so many more ways. And this freedom is due much in part to the determination of the Impressionists.
      -Hannah Adams

  5. Alex Miramontes Avatar
    Alex Miramontes

    Alex Miramontes

    This weeks art talk is based on the 19th century, which is strongly influenced by the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment is about rational and empirical knowledge, and the beginning of modern political culture, which strongly influenced that artist of this time. Some thing that I found interesting during this time frame was the creation of the encyclopedia. The invention of the encyclopedia strongly influences how we attain knowledge today, and it strongly influences our culture. While watching the video I decided to do some research on the 1872 Impression: Sunrise. I wanted to do more research on the piece because I was fascinated by the fact that many artist dismissed this painting as a “real painting” because it was too “sketchy.” I just really appreciate the fact that this artist went against the norms of this time frame and created his own form of art style. The painting was created by Claude Monet and was responsible for creating a new genre in art. After looking in the Impression: Sunrise I wanted to look at different art pieces that Monet has created, and I really enjoyed the painting of the gardens and ponds. I really enjoyed how he mixed the colors and made the gardens and ponds look abstract and beautiful.

    1. moniquealcala Avatar

      Monique Alcala

      Hello Alex. I agreed with your post on many levels. The fact that the encyclopedia was created during the Enlightenment was amazing due to the fact that I thought it was created recently probably within the last century. This demonstrates to me that people were truly searching for more knowledge during this time and wanted to become well-rounded individuals who could possibly bond with others on a much more intellectual level than just small talk. The fact that we still use the encyclopedia to this day shows just how influential the Enlightenment era was. I also decided to do my own research on Monet and was also extremely impressed with his art work. It seems to me so unreal that he could create his own genre in art just by following his heart. I was very touched by this. One of my favorite pieces from Monet was a piece involving flowers because of how he mixed his colors as well.

    2. Roxana Chavez Avatar

      In response to Alex and Monique,

      I definitely agree with both of you on how fascinating it is that during the this era of enlightenment people wanted to be more informed and gain knowledge and to get ”enlightened”. And what better way to do that then by having a encyclopedia created. I also agree on how it shows just how much the era of the enlightenment made for the future. I also did more research on Claude Monet’s painting ”Sunrise” and it was and has been celebrated as a symbol of the impressionist movement. And although it was harshly criticized it became also in a way the ground breaking painting that eventually created and gave birth to new movement in art.

    3. Ana Maya Avatar

      Hi Alex! I agree with your comment, especially with you saying that artist went against the norms. I actually find the painting quite beautiful, as it is somewhat abstract, but also realistic in a way. It’s amazing how it actually sparked a new movement of art. To be honest, one of my favorite artist is Claude Monet. My favorite artworks by him are The Water Lily Pond and Springtime. I especially love Springtime, since Monet used his wife as the model.

    4. alilovesart Avatar

      hey Alex! I totally agree with you comment about the enlightenment period, it is indeed about rational and empirical knowledge, and the beginning of modern political culture, that at the time did actually -strongly influence artist. I too found the creation of the encyclopedia extremely fascinating. The encyclopedia is a tool used so heavily in the modern era, its interesting to know it was invented in the enlightenment era. Its interesting you say how the artist of sunrise went against the norms and created his own idea of art going against his fellow art friends. truly a memorable comment Alex! thanks for input!

  6. adamshannah96yahoocom Avatar

    When I saw Professor Zucman briefly gloss over a label titled Academic Art, I was intrigued. I thought it would have something to do with schools or science of the time period. Maybe art meant for educating students. Actually, with a bit of research I found it was none of those things. It was just a name for the standards of art that originated in French academies of art. The standards had roots in Neoclassicism and Romanticism. But I did find some interesting facts on the artist that Professor Zucman mentioned: William-Adolphe Bouguereau. He practiced the Academic and traditionalist styles from the 1840s until his death in 1905. His style was extremely realistic, but idealistic as well. The themes of his works were usually greek and roman myths, and his subjects were most often beautiful young woman. Despite being excellently painted, I don’t know if his depictions of women would receive the praise or funds they did in Bouguereau’s era from today’s audience. There has been a huge movement rather recently talking about unrealistic standards of beauty often put out by advertisers. Many advertisers use Photoshop on models to make their skin clearer, their lips redder, their hair shinier, and so on to make their model look as flawless as possible. It can trick many women today into thinking they should look like the face in the ad, absolutely flawless, which no one really can be. But most people think this is a completely new thing, and I suppose I did too until I saw Bouguereau’s paintings. The women he paints are always perfect, with smooth, pale skin, always color in their cheeks and lips, and perfect hair. Though his work wasn’t meant to sell a product to anyone, I’m sure his female audience might have felt a bit less sure of their own beauty after seeing his works. Or maybe not. I don’t know how a 19th century audience perceived Bouguereau’s paintings. That could have just been what people thought art was supposed to be, flawless and perfect and not even thought to compare actual people to the paintings they saw. I just find the past interesting, and making connections between it and today’s movements.

      1. Monica Lock Avatar

        Hi Hannah!
        That’s funny because I also thought Academic Art would be about school or education! After reading your post, I decided to look into William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s paintings as well. I’m really glad you pointed it out because it’s amazing! I love how realistic he paints the people. I agree that they were done so beautifully and his style is so unique. I thought it was a really good connection you made between his paintings to modern day computer editing programs such as Photoshop! I’m sure women did feel a bit insecure about themselves after seeing Bouguereau’s depiction of women with clear, perfect skin.

    1. Rei Cayabyab Avatar

      Hey Hannah!
      I find it interesting that you connected William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s style in the modern culture today. And I agree with your comparison as well, because individuals then probably did not perceive his paintings as a model for women to follow instead it was maybe a way of him expressing his desire. On the other hand, I do wonder what his paintings seemed like to women at that time. Did they feel insecure? Is that how they should look? And what was it like for the men at that time. Did they ask more from women?
      I sort of see his artwork as a way of enhancing the natural beauty of women, because since there was no make up at that time, I would imagine women just relying on their natural beauty. At the same time, he did not emphasize the body type of the women he depicted in his paintings, rather he highlighted their beauty through different clothing or facial expression. It is difficult now to imagine a man or somebody that would admire someone because of their natural beauty because of how social media itself sort of forbid women of showing their own beauty. It is just a matter of finding the light in the dark that would change our perspective it today’s culture.

  7. yonathansahle Avatar

    After watching the video i thought that 19th century art was interesting so I looked up that era of art. I learned that the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars brought great changes to the arts in France. Romanticism was the style that was really created and pushed forth and many artists attached themselves to this style of art. many of the developments in French arts in this period parallel changes in literature. What was interesting to me was that the artists made their art and really depicted what was going on in the era in their regions. The art really shows the emotion of the people in the The program of exaltation and mythification of the Emperor Napoleon I of France was closely coordinated in the paintings of Gros and Guérin. Meanwhile, Orientalism, Egyptian motifs, the tragic anti-hero, the wild landscape, the historical novel and scenes from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, all these elements of Romanticism created a vibrant period that defies classicism. I also learned that Romanticism is a literary language based on feelings. Writers who illustrated this concept included John Keats, and Benjamin Constant. Overall I think that this era of art really started a trend in the art culture because i think that it influence many artists of the 19th century all the way to the artists in the our current 21st century.

  8. Roxana Chavez Avatar

    In the 11th grade in high school one of my favorite topics that we learned was the Enlightenment and the list Professor glen provided at the beginning of the video sounded very familiar to me. The only thing was that we did not learn about the art history behind the era of the enlightenment. It was really interesting to learn some artists of the 19th century. As professor Glen shows us some pieces of art throughout the video I recall some of them from seeing them on movies, tv, books, and other places however I never really knew who were the artists of those paintings. It was really fascinating to me to learn that Vincent Van Gogh is the artist of Starry Night. In my old middle school we had a mural of the Starry Night so that is from where I recall seeing that painting. This winter break I hope to visit The Museum of Modern Art during my time in NYC. It is also very fascinating to me to learn that after the 1st encyclopedia being invented it would take 250 years later to have wikipedia invented.

    1. Glenn Zucman Avatar

      Have fun @MOMA Roxana!! 😀

    2. yulitorres21 Avatar

      Yuliana Torres

      Hey Roxana!
      I also was shocked to see many artists I was never familar to me, and just happening be a somewhat modern artists to us. I did know that Vincent Van Gough painted “The Starry Night” however, I never knew much about the painting. I did do more research on him after watching the video, and found many interesting facts and opinions on his painting.

    3. Briana Garcia Avatar
      Briana Garcia

      I hope you enjoy NYC! I’ve heard so many great things and I hope to go there some day soon! Make sure you take lots of pictures at the museum and put them on your blog! I’d definitely go check that out. I love going to museums and looking at the different art each artist has to offer. “The Starry Night” has always been one of my favorite paintings and not just because it’s EVERYWHERE. I just think it’s a remarkable piece with beautiful detail and technique. I actually did some research and learned that Van Gough was a big fan of the night time and that this painting along with a few others was actually intended to steer away from traditional paintings at the time.

      Briana Garcia

  9. Rei Cayabyab Avatar

    There were so many odd paintings in this particular video that had a specific meaning behind each one. Also the paintings belonged to different categories of “-isms.” And this helped me identify how different the the artists are in terms of creativity and expression because of the type of object, scene, or even human private parts. While watching video I also came across one of the paintings that I always see: “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh. Since it is such a popular painting and all I really knew was a title, I did more research about it.
    I found out that Vincent van Gogh suffered from depression that he even sliced off his own ear! And until his death he battled his emotions. He was a self-taught artist that drew his inspiration from loving nature and different impressionists when he moved to Paris. From the different techniques that he acquired he developed a post-impressionism theme. And he developed a new way of painting and using shorter strokes with vibrant colors. You can also see this in his painting.
    “The Starry Night” was a mix of everything Vincent van Gogh experienced in his lifetime. It is also important to note that he finished his painting a year before he died and there was aspects in the painting that symbolized that. For example, the Cypress tree that spirals towards the sky is the connection between life(Earth) and death(Sky). Also the Cypress is a common tree in graveyards which Vincent probably foresaw while he was painting. In addition the town in the painting was a scenery he always adored and the stars at night was so much brighter according to him. Also the bright star that is almost white was the Venus star. I think it represented his wanting for a woman in his life.

    1. Tina Nguyen Avatar

      Hi Rei!
      One of my favorite paintings is ‘The Starry Night’, so all the information in your comment really fascinated me. I never knew that van Gogh suffered from depression and even sliced off his own ear. I believe that drawing and painting might have helped him to ease his depression, especially because you said that ‘The Starry Night’ was a mix of everything van Gogh experience in his lifetime. Furthermore, I also found it fascinating how you painted our that the Cypress tree that spirals towards the sky is a connection between life and death. When I look at ‘The Starry Night’, I only see it as a beautiful painting of the night sky, however, upon reading the analyses I am now looking at ‘The Starry Night’ with a different perspective. I also find it interesting that art is more than just something ‘pretty’ but that it can be interpreted in so many ways and can have so many deep meanings.
      -Tina Nguyen

    2. maritessanne Avatar

      Maritess Inieto

      Hey Rei!

      Indeed, there were so many odd paintings in this video. Some were extremely graphic and realistic looking. The Starry Night painting was also very familiar with me. That was a painting that I had known about since I was a child. I knew that Vincent Van Gogh had cut his ear off, but I never knew why! Isn’t it crazy how so many inspiring people in history had some sort of mental illness? It kind of tells the world, hey, you don’t have to be perfect in order to make an impression on others. I know that Vincent Van Gogh has really inspired many people around the world through his art. Vincent Van Gogh was very abstract with his art. Even though you could see what it is that he is trying to paint, it is still painted in a very different way. I did not know that there was such a deep meaning to “The Starry Night”. Since Van Gogh was battling a lot of emotions up until his death, I wonder what final emotions he was feeling right before he passed. I feel like the Starry Night was a good representation of what he was feeling, even though it was created a year before his passing. Thank you for expanding my knowledge of The Starry Night, Rei!

    3. allison cruz Avatar

      I am grateful that you researched this! I never would have known all this information on the painting of the Starry Night if I hadn’t read your post. It is amazing to me how much of the artists life and emotions are put into what they create. It is beautifully ironic how someone with depression has such a great and respectable impact on the world. Sometime I do not understand and artist’s interpretation and just see what I see in the painting and pay no mind to the meaning. After taking this class and having conversation with artists and doing research on topics like these make me truly think about the concepts and details in a person’s artwork.

    4. Joy Uba Avatar

      Hey Rei!

      That’s awesome that you informed us more about Vincent Van Gogh. It’s kind of thrilling to know the background of their arts especially when it was a tragedy. I feel like people who had a horrible past, they would produce a wonderful art work. They would use it as an outlet with all those emotions they were suffering. Even though it was horrible that it happened to them, they produced something great that inspires everyone.

      Joy Uba 1pm

  10. amysongblog Avatar

    Amy Song

    While watching this week’s art talk, many of the artists and paintings were familiar to me. This is surprising to me because I had learned about these artists in my high school AP European history class I took four years ago. I especially remember Jacques-Louis David’s The Death of Marat because it was closely tied to the political revolutions in France during this time period. I found that the Impressionist paintings were the most aesthetically pleasing to me, especially Monet’s paintings. I really like the bright colors used in the paintings. I did some research on Impressionism and the article mentioned that this style of painting used soft brush strokes and tried to capture the optical effects of light. I also thought it was interesting how after 250 years of inventing the encyclopedia Wikipedia was invented. Professor Zucman brought up an interesting point that Wikipedia would not be possible without the internet.

    1. seewhychris Avatar

      Hey Amy,
      It’s amazing you’re able to remember information from such a long time ago. I think Jaques-Louis David’s paintings during the French revolution were especially moving and its crazy to think that a time of such turmoil could bring about the best work in some artists. He was known for creating realistic paintings of current leaders and martyrs and that served as the basis and inspiration for mostly all his work. I do agree with you when you say that the impressionist paintings are the most aesthetically pleasing. I feel like it brings out a perspective that we are not able to see in life itself and that is why it is so interesting. I notice that mostly all impressionist paintings use a lot more noticeable colors more so than in realism.

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    Yuliana Torres

    After watching this week’s Art Talk Video “19th Century” I decided to do more research on Claude Monet. Apparently, Monet just happens to be a well known artist, however I am not familiar with his work. While watching video I also came across a very well known painting, “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh. I did more research about it “The Starry Night” and found the painting is an impressionist art is a style in which the artist captures the image of an object as someone would see it if they just caught a glimpse of it. They paint the pictures with a lot of color and most of their pictures are outdoor scenes. Their pictures are very bright and vibrant. I always enjoyed the swirls and dark colors incorporated into the pieces and the bright shinnying stars the night offers. The overlooking of a town with no lights turned on portrays it is night time, and everyone is asleep, presenting a quiet cool night.

    1. Demi Kong Avatar

      Hi Yuliana! I think that Claude Monet is a very familiar name that I’ve heard since I was a kid, but I never really recognized his work. I never knew that “The Starry Night” painting was supposed to be seen as if only a glimpse was caught of the image. That definitely makes me think of it as if I was passing by in a car and everything is kind of a blur because your eyes could not focus because it went by too fast. I also enjoyed the swirls and dark colors within the piece because it absolutely contrasted with the bright colors utilized. Even though the painting does have the word “night” within the title, I feel that it could also be considered daytime because of how bright the colors are to resemble a sun. However, the image of a “quiet, cool night” is much nicer and more pleasant to look at.

    2. Vincent Santos Avatar

      I didnt know “The Starry Night” was a impression art before this video and to think they might not have consider this art. I personally like “The Starry Night” when i was younger i had to replicated it and it was a fun experience.

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    Samuel De La Cruz

    In this weeks art video I learned about the Enlightenment in which it began in the 1st decades of the 18th century in Paris. It then spread throughout Europe and to the United States and began the liberation of mankind from oppressive monarchies. There was a spread of knowledge and Diderot had his part in it by beginning encyclopedia in 1751 to present accumulated knowledge and learning from humanity. The art in this era was known as neoclassicism and it was very beautiful and realistic as far as the shadowing and the depth perception of the art. In the 19th century the art of realism began to rise and it seemed to really capture the mood and hardships of life for people in those times. There was also the art of impressionism in which people at first criticized it because they felt it looked only like an impression. It seems that art keeps evolving over time with what people in that era seem to either struggle with or want to push the boundaries towards new things. I find it interesting how 250 years before Wikipedia was created, Diderot created encyclopedia, and it seems like humanity seems to mirror its past but change it to work for its present times. This mirroring can be seen in governments, art, architecture, and many more aspects of our daily lives.

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    Maritess Inieto

    The creation of the encyclopedia was quite mind blowing. I don’t really put into mind the use of encyclopedias in their physical form, though they are full of so much information and have a range of so many topics. Nowadays, Wikipedia is widely used. It’s crazy how exactly 200 years later, Wikipedia was born. It’s insane how far society has come along. I wonder what “fruits of accumulated knowledge and learning” was put into encyclopedias way back then. What theories they had put in there that, at the time, seemed correct, but are now proven right or wrong. As time has passed, there has been so much more that has been discovered. I wonder what they had knowledge of back in the 1700s. I really enjoyed the Art 110 recreations of Jacques-Louis David. Realism in the 19th Century is very different from realism during the Renaissance time period. Of course, there are different meanings of realism as well. Claude Monet’s “Impression Sunrise” resonated with me because of its “sketchy” look. Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night was once one of my favorite paintings. I really enjoyed looking at it when I was younger. I also enjoyed other renditions of it as well, created by other artists. I have seen Georges Seurat’s Grande Jatte painting somewhere, but I do not recall where. That painting was indeed familiar with me. Out of all of the artists in the 19th century, I would have to say that Vincent Van Gogh is my favorite.

    1. andyybui Avatar

      Hi Maritess,

      I also agree that the creation of the encyclopedia was very interesting! Before the creation of the encyclopedia there was basically no single source of knowledge that could tell you about almost anything. That means without a single reliable source, there must have been a lot of false knowledge floating around. It’s even crazier now how we have an online encyclopedia that’s accessible from almost anywhere that contains numerous amounts of information that we don’t even know exist. What Professor Zuccman said that interested me the most was when he said that wikipedia wouldn’t have succeeded in the “gravity” of paper.

      -Andy Bui

  14. Tina Nguyen Avatar

    For this week’s discussion, we moved to the 19th century art. One of the branches in the video talks about Neoclassicism which is defined as the revive of classical style (according to Google). One of the paintings from the neoclassical period that caught my attention is ‘An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump’ by Joseph Wright, so I did some research about that painting. The painting is done on an oil-on-canvas and painted during the Industrial Revolution, a time period in which machines were utilized more to power things and there were also many scientific advances. In the painting, Wright draws an audience looking at a bird being deprived of air testing Robert Boyle’s air pump experiment. Wright depicts the audience to have different emotions, there are some that are interested in the experiment, others that are worried about the bird’s wellbeing and others who could care less about the experiment taking place in front of them. I thought this painting was fascinating because weeks ago we had an art talk discussion that talked briefly about how science and art are more similar than different, and in Wright’s painting he is using art to depict science. Through the painting, Wright is able to capture the importance of both science and art in that there is a new experiment being created that could change the world and the artwork is able to spread the news of the scientific experiment so that many can hear about it and that the experiment doesn’t go to waste.

    1. kayaquarles Avatar

      Hi Tina!
      I never heard of “An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump” so I actually looked it up as well. I thought the different emotions that were painted on the viewers faces were priceless because it is pretty accurate as to how people would react in that situation. Some people are going to be very interested in the actual science behind the experiment but there would be others that are worried and concerned for the bird. Although this painting was made during the Industrial Revolution, it ties into the Enlightenment because it is shedding light on scientific experiments. Nice observation 🙂

      Kaya Quarles

    2. Adrian Munoz Avatar

      Hello Tina,
      I also found the experiment on a bird in an air pump fascinating as well. Just discovering new things and experimenting on insane procedures makes the scientist come out of me. I’m just curious of what discovery they were trying to conclude, or if it were just a lets see what happens type of an experiment. Honestly I’m both the sorry for the bird person and ones interested in the experiment. Regarding the painting, its well put together it draws you in into a suspense of wondering whats going to happen next. The Enlightenment was just a fascinating time for me because it focused on science and the discovery of new things.

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    I think my favorite art movement of the 19th century is Realism, so I decided to do a little bit of research on it. Realism began in France, around the 1840s, and is considered the beginning of modern art. Unlike, romanticism which dealt with imagination and strong emotions, realism dealt with an actual resemblance of life. One example of a realism painting would be the Stone Breakers by Gustave Courbet, which the professor mentions in the video. This painting depicts two men breaking stones beside the road. Perhaps those men were not wealthy and had to break stones in order to make a decent living. Although it is probably the most well known painting for this art movement, it was unfortunately destroyed in a bombing during World War II. Besides this painting, Courbet’s art also focused on depicting the daily lives of French people, whether they were rich or poor.
    Besides the realism art movement, I was also shocked by the fact that the encyclopedia was invented during the 1700s by Denis Diderot. Now, years later we are able to do basic research on Wikipedia. (Although, wikipedia is not to be trusted).

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      Lukas Fuentes

      Hello Ana,

      I agree with you. I really like the way Realism tries to depict the world for what it really was. It seems like other art movements like Romanticism tends to ignore/cover up the bad things about life, but Realism tells it like it is. It is unfortunate how destructive war can be. Not only does it destroy lives, buildings, beliefs, etc… it also destroys the beauty in the world, whether it is natural beauty or artwork like the Stone Breakers painting you mention. I was also surprised by learning about the encyclopedia! I always heard not to trust Wikipedia all through high school but when I got to college (4+ years ago) I was told that it is becoming more trustworthy! So maybe we can give it another shot? I’m not sure.

  16. Monica Lock Avatar

    Of all the artists mentioned in the video, Claude Monet was the most interesting. As an artist from the Impression era, he was able to capture light and natural forms in his art. I saw his painting of the lily pads on a powerpoint presentation, but I didn’t learn anything other than the fact Monet is one of the most famous painters. Upon research, I found out that he made over 250 Water Lilies oil canvas paintings, not just one. He also used his very own garden and lily pads as a reference for his paintings. I really like his paintings because the colors he uses are soft, brush strokes and when I look at the paintings I feel calm. Since he grew the lily pads on his own, and made 250+ paintings of water lilies alone. I definitely appreciate his work even more. There is another painting he did called Impression, Sunrise. I love the colors blue and orange/ yellow since they complement one another. He painted the water with simple lines and created the scene without actually outlining Monet wanted to depict how light affects paintings. If all the colors were removed in the painting, (and it became a black and white painting) then the sun would disappear.

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    Lukas Fuentes

    I was surprised that I have never heard of Diderot, the inventor of the first encyclopedia. That is a really important event! Especially when you consider that Wikipedia, basically the modern version of an encyclopedia, is referred to a lot for random bits of knowledge. Funny enough, I google searched The Oath of Horatii and the first link was to a Wikipedia page, and of course I clicked it. Apparently the painting is inspired by a Roman legend of a war between the cities of Rome and Alba Longa. They decided to have the war be determined by a battle of 3 vs. 3 men. The picture depicts the three men chosen to fight for Rome, three brothers from the Horatii family, saluting their father who holds their swords. These three brothers go to fight the three Curiatii brothers from Alba Longa. One of the Horatii brothers ends up surviving in the end making Rome the victor of the war. The woman sobbing on the right side of the painting is is the sister of the Horatii brothers, Camilla, who is also in love with one of the Curiatii brothers. She is crying because she loses no matter which city wins. I think it is always interesting to get the background story on painting. So when Glenn said he wouldn’t share the background in the video I had to look it up. It would be nice if they had these backstories next to the paintings when you go to look at them in a gallery!

  18. allison cruz Avatar

    I believe that the 19th century art has such a great influence on so much of art occurs today. There is a lot of reference to artists from this time in current work today. I have a love affair with impressionism art. It was such a momentous movement in art at that time and I truly appreciate Monet as the pioneer of that movement and technique.Trying to capture perception before nature was Monet’s goal when creating his pieces and capturing light and natural form. Just the technique and end result of impressionistic art from that time is extremely difficult to achieve and many artists work their whole life trying to do justice for Monet and Van Gogh. Much of Monet’s work we love and we respect him as an artist, but upon doing more research I found that he got frustrated with his work often. He destroyed many of his paintings (500 reportedly), by burning, cutting, or kicking them! Imagine what other amazing works we could see today if it weren’t for his tempter and battle with depression and self-doubt.

    1. Selena Lara Avatar

      Hello Allison! I agree with you that the 19th century art has such a great influence on so much of the art that occurs today. Post Impressionism, with Van Gogh I feel has had the biggest influence I would say only because he is so popular. With Starry night he brought up this idea of expressionism that we can see in a ton of art today. We can literally see it everywhere! Even at our own back yard ( SOA Galleries) I feel that a ton of the artist that we have been exposed to on campus themselves show expressionism through their art. We’ve have had artist like Cintia that use sarcasm in her art to depict her emotional experience with immigrating from Mexico to the U.S! I also found it interesting how you mentioned Monet destroyed a ton of his paintings because of his battle with depression. Because, guess what ? Reportedly, as you say, Van Gogh, too suffered from a metal illness

    2. Linda Nguyen Avatar

      Hi Allison! I absolutely agree with you that the 19th century has a large impact on art today. Before the 19th century, most of the art reflected religion or showed scenes or people in history or were simply just portraits. But with the coming of the 19th century, art was able to expand beyond what it traditionally did and became a new way to express oneself. With the birth of expressionism, artists were able to create paintings that reflected and projected a certain emotion through abstract works of art which artists continue to do today. I think thats a very important this because art today is now used as a form of expression allowing people to project how they feel when words don’t do those feelings justice.

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    Andy Bui

    In this week’s art talk video I thought there were some interesting ideas. The first one that interested me was the creation of wikipedia and the comparison of the starship enterprise and space dock. It was a comparison of science and engineering to something digital and kind of intangible/untouchable. It’s crazy to imagine how there is such a vast source of knowledge that is accessible from almost anywhere when back then the knowledge learned by the human race had a limited access. Without the internet wikipedia wouldn’t have been successful because it couldn’t be built “in the gravity of paper”. One of the styles of art that stood out to me was Realism. I feel like I enjoy this style because I am more of a logical and realistic person. However, you also need to have styles such from Post-Impressionism like Van Gough’s The Starry Night. Without styles like that society would be a little bland because it would be like seeing photographs everywhere. Sometimes you need a little fiction and creative vision to make things a little more interesting.

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      John Savage

      Hi Andy,

      I too thought that it was interesting that wikipedia couldn’t be done in a physical space because the knowledge that would be put into it is basically endless and therefore could not ever be completed. With Wikipedia being in a seemingly empty space for it to endlessly grow, people can constantly change it and add to it and make it immediately available to everyone across the world without any struggle. The fact that the internet is practically endless is crazy to me and is why I find it so interesting.

    2. Nick Lemmerman Avatar

      Hi Andy. I also thought comparing Wikipedia to the building of the Enterprise was cool. It’s something that’s just too massive that it has to be completed by nontraditional means. I think Wikipedia is for the most part “better” than traditional encyclopedias. Obviously encyclopedias are more professional, but they’re limited in size; encyclopedias don’t have the same amount of information as the Internet because it just wouldn’t work that way. Online, we can add and edit information as we please, and have detailed lists of the most trivial of things. That’s the cool (and scary) thing about the Internet: no limitations.

      —Nick Lemmerman

    3. Andrew Nguyen Avatar
      Andrew Nguyen

      Hi Andy!
      I also think this weeks video was interesting because wikipedia was created! I really think it is great how there is so much knowledge that could be accessible. What I liked most about this weeks video was the topic of Impressionism. One of my favorite art pieces was created during this time The Starry Night! I like how Vincent Van Gough went ahead and created something that was not just perfect lines but something more abstract. His final creation was something beautiful. Thank you for sharing!
      -Andrew Nguyen

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    Christopher Yuen
    Learning about the 19th century was very interesting because you can clearly see all the different elements that made it what it was. Starting with the enlightenment period, where there was great conflict and turmoil between traditional thinking of the past and the new innovative thinkers who wanted to bring upon new ideas into the era. This period formed the birth of the encyclopedia which is a collection of so much knowledge, it is crazy to think of a single person creating this. Much of this enlightenment period bled into art and we can see during the impressionist movement that artists like Claude Monet created something completely different than what normally being done at the time. At first it was ridiculed but soon became an entire movement which I think is pretty inspiring. Well known artists like Van Gogh were creating paintings where realism was not a heavy base and it soon blossomed into more and more experimental art.

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    Jacqueline Sanchez

    I found it very interesting to learn about Denis Diderot and his creation of the encyclopedia. This idea of spreading and sharing knowledge and innovation is amazing. Even more amazing is the fact that we have come so far in terms of improving the method of spreading and sharing knowledge. With the invention of Wikipedia, and the internet in general, our ability and effectiveness to share knowledge has reached an unimaginable height. Diderot’s vision of being able to share information to about four thousand people has evolved and inspired inventions that now allow information to be shared with billions of people.
    Now, we can go online and find a wikipedia page about Diderot and his invention of the encyclopedia in a matter of seconds. I find this to be a pretty incredible demonstration of advancement.

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    John Savage

    I found this week’s topic of the 19th century to be very interesting and full of information. I really enjoyed the realistic paintings of the 19th century because of how it was explained in the video. The fact that it isn’t how the art is portrayed its the content that makes it a realistic painting. I liked the fact that these realistic paintings showed very mundane actions and were still presented in a way that allowed other people to take another look at life from a different perspective. Another thing I found interesting about the video was the fact that the first encyclopedia and wikipedia were created exactly 250 years apart and both of them had a great impact on the world. Seeing how things such as art and science are linked throughout history is one of the most interesting things to me.

    1. Carlos Villicana Avatar

      I agree. Seeing how the things throughout history connect is incredibly interesting. I feel like these connections show how similar we are to the people of the past and can better help us appreciate how far we’ve come from what they had. I think that these connections show how history can be important. History helps better connect us to the past, which helps us better understand how we got to where we are now.

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    Joy Uba 1pm

    After watching the video, I did more research on The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis to know more of the background of it. Even if you didn’t know what’s the meaning of the paining, the title of it kind of gave it away. I feel like anyone can connect to the painting at a certain level because they know how it feels to be separated from their loved ones and some, separated by force. It’s a tragedy, but the painting is beautiful and it also portrays emotions that anyone can easily related.

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    Kaya Quarles

    This weeks Art Talk is about the Enlightenment. I was really excited when I heard we were going to further expand about the Enlightenment because that is what I am learning about in my history class right now. The Enlightenment was important not only because it opened eyes to the science world, but also because it paved the way for Romanticism. I decided to do more research on Jacques-Louis David and found out he actually founded the Neo-Classical style. He quickly became a leader in the artistic and political world and is most successful for his work, the Death of Marat. I looked up pictures of this painting and found that the this along with his other famous painting Marie Antoinette on Her way to the Guillotine were both created during the Reign of Terror. It crazy to me how there are two pieces can be considered realism but depict completely different things, which can be seen in the “Impression Sunrise” and “Starry Night.”

    1. miisstinatrn Avatar

      Hey Kaya,

      The Age of Enlightenment is really interesting to read about and it’s awesome that you’re learning the same thing in your history class. The Age of Enlightenment was a movement based solely on intellectual and reason. In the earlier periods, we talked about how the churches and religion mostly embodied artistic movements. However the Age of Enlightenment actually focused on overthrowing the religious and traditional ways of thinking and embodied a more logical and scientific advancement. As a science major, I think the Enlightenment movement was really fascinating because this is almost the turning point in term of Scientific Revolution, where scientific academics and learning societies kind of took over and developed new types of influential painting, poetry and literature. I think this era was actually the merging point between art and science, where the new understanding of scientific knowledge became the foundation of modern science today.

      -Tina Tran

  25. Demi Kong Avatar

    I thought the connection between the original encyclopedia and Wikipedia was amazing! Denis Diderot’s idea to spread knowledge that is collected in one place has truly advanced. Thanks to the internet being so fast-paced and current, information can be updated constantly unlike a printed book that could take years to correct or add onto. What started with only 4,000 people being able to acquire one of the printed encyclopedias, it is now accessible to everyone (provided they have the resources available). One of the things that Diderot probably did not expect was for the information provided to be inaccurate. With Wikipedia, anyone can edit entries, however in a book, it feels much more official and reliable to take information out of. Good on Diderot for giving us the foundation to build upon his idea. I also enjoyed the recreations of “The Farewell of Telemachus & Eucharis” from your other students. Some of them recreated the painting with references to other cultures and I thought that was cool because it was adding their own touch to the image while still maintaining the ambience of the original. Also, the multiple images of people posing with Gustave Courbet’s “The Origin of the World” was amused me greatly lol.

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      Nhi Truong 1pm
      Hi Demi,
      I totally agree with you. Honestly, I didn’t even expect Professor Zucman to talk about Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia because I thought it not at all related to art. However, it gave students a way to pinpoint the time period in which he was talking about. Back then, I assume knowledge was only for the rich. I would assume that the 4,000 people that bought the encyclopedia were wealthy because they had money to splurge. Whereas with the regular citizens during that time period, they had to worry about money/food. As much as they wanted to buy the encyclopedia, they had to divert their money to more important things. However, with today’s technology, Wikipedia is accessible to everyone, regardless of social class.

    2. Daniel Puentes Avatar

      Daniel Puentes

      Dear Demi Kong,
      I agree the invention of the encyclopedia is amazing because it helps the spreading of knowledge. Wikipedia would probably not have even been thought of with out the Encyclopedia being invented first. I also think that the not only is Wikipedia based off the Encyclopedia but also the internet. The Internet was invented for communication. That communication has now accumulated into the collection of human knowledge. That is also the drawback about the internet is that anyone can change the information unlike an Encyclopedia that is set in stone.

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    Brian Sath

    This week’s video was interesting. You can certainly see the shift of art as we head towards the present time period. The enlightenment is one of the most memorable time periods for me to learn growing up. This is the time period that I can relate with more since I am about being rational without incorporating too much religion. The most interesting item that was discussed was actually Diderot creating the Encyclopedia in 1751. So much information was gathered that led to Wikipedia being created 250 years later. To me, that is just mind-blowing because I feel like most ideas have been taken already and it’s hard to be original, however, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger took that idea and made it so much better by having over 2.5 million articles. After seeing the Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionalism, my favorite would have to be the Post-Impressionalism. The most memorable art piece for me would be the Vincent Van Gogh painting of Starry Night.

    1. Christian Gallo Avatar
      Christian Gallo

      Hi Brian
      I also agree that the creation of the encyclopedia and later Wikipedia, is mind blowing. Thanks to the Wikipedia we can learn more about the art in the 19th century, even though not all the information in Wikipedia is accurate, most of the time is can be helpful and is faster to look something up. Before the video I thought the encyclopedia was created around the 1900s but I was shocked when I learned that is was created in 1751.

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    Tina Tran

    Welcome to the 19th Century. The 19th Century included many different artistic movements, such as: Impressionism, Realism, and Enlightenment. One specific movement I researched on was the Romanticism, which was an artistic period when emotions and individualism of all nature was emphasized on. It was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment and scientific rationalization of nature. The movement mostly focused on understanding the beauty of nature as well as the concept of self-understanding. An important aspect of Romanticism is proving a man’s emotional appeal and connection to himself and less about his ability to understanding nature. Through many paintings over this period of time, majority of them show men being surrounded by nature.

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    Nhi Truong 1pm
    We now enter into the realm of the 19th century. To be honest, I don’t know much about this era in regards to artists. I have heard of Monet, but other than knowing the name, I don’t know much else. In the video, Zucman states that Monet is the founder of the impressionist painting. His works included lots of landscape paintings, his best known subject being paintings of water lilies. After some researching, I found out that Monet was rejected from the Academy of Beaux Arts. This was very ironic because he was rejected from an art school, but lived on to be one of the most famous artists in the world. Another thing that struck out at me during the discussion was the fact that we discussed about the creation of the Encylopedia. Although I didn’t expect Zucman to talk about that, it was very helpful to mention that detail so that it can help me pinpoint what time period we were actually talking about.

    1. Cindy Le Avatar

      Hi Nhi!
      Likewise, I also recognize the names of a few artists Professor Zucman mentioned or have seen paintings by those artists, but don’t know much about the artists themselves. It is surprising that many of the artists that have become famous were rejected or could not have the best living styles of that time because of social backgrounds. However, it gives me hope to know that despite being rejected or blocked from achieving something, they found ways to overcome and maybe gain a little more than what they’ve dreamed of. The explanation also helped me understand a bit about this particular era that was only brushed upon when learning about history.

  29. Selena Lara Avatar

    After watching the video, I was most interested in the Post Impressionism movement. The Post Impressionism movement was an extension of Impressionism movement but in a sense was its rebel form, I would say. While Post Impressionism did a lot like Impressionism including the use vivid colors, thick application of paint and portrayed “real life” situations. However, postimpressionism created a more expressive effect by using distortion and geometric forms. A piece of Post Impressionism that I have always found very beautiful has to be Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” It’s a piece that you can literally see everywhere in textbooks, in classrooms and even on t-shirts. Particularly, I always though “Oh that’s an awesome design” but never really knew it was an art piece. So after watching the video I did a little research, and found tons of interesting suggesting’s depicting where the piece came to life. First and foremost, I learned that it wasn’t Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” but one that came a year later after his first, which is sometimes known as Starry Night over the Rhone. Anyways, so I found that the Starry Night, was actually Van Gogh’s view from an asylum. It really made me wonder if such a talented man was suffering from a mental illness? Seems a bit crazy am I right? I did further research and found that, for the painting “Starry Night” he left out the Iron bars from his room to create a more positive image of the asylum. Because of the time that Van Gogh created, the piece it makes sense that he was expressing his emotional experience of being at the asylum.

    1. Raylyn Diep Avatar

      Raylyn Diep
      I also was most interested in the Post Impression movement. Well, it is probably the most famous and recognized movement. I really liked Georges Seurat’s Grande Jatte and Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. It was interesting to learn that Starry Night was Van Gogh’s view from an asylum. It’s also surprising to find out that he had a mental illness when he drew this painting. It’s a good thing Van Gogh could express his emotional experience through his painting. We could see what he was feeling and seeing from his room in the asylum.

  30. Christian Gallo Avatar
    Christian Gallo

    Christian Gallo
    This video was interesting especially the evolution of the encyclopedia to Wikipedia. The encyclopedia is in paper while Wikipedia is in cyberspace. From this video and the artist mentioned the one artist that I am more familiar with, is Vincent Van Gogh and the Starry Night. I have seen the Starry Night and a few remakes in television shows like Doctor Who. I also know that Vincent Van Gogh painted sunflower. I also remember learning about Realism, Romanticism and Enlightenment, back in high school but I can’t recall much about it.

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    Amanda Martinez

    Claude Monet is one of my favorite artists from the 19th century. I first learned about Monet in my art class in high school and went to the Norton Simon museum in Pasadena for extra credit. I highly recommend visiting that museum it has a variety of different types of art and if I can recall correctly it is free for students. I know that in the video Glenn mentioned that he was an impressionist which is cool; however, my favorite pieces from him are his bronze sculptures. I am pretty sure one of his more popular on is a ballerina that actually has the fluffy ballerina skirt on it. It is amazing how he was able to make sculptures out of bronze I am curious about the process. He also has some sculptures of nude women as well as other ballerinas that are incredible. I like how in both his paintings and sculptures he highlights the pain ballerinas go though and how difficult it is to be one.

    1. Melissa Rios Avatar

      Hey Amanda,

      I don’t know much about Claude Monet, but painting Impression, Sunrise really caught my attention. I liked the fact that he chose non-ordinary colors to paint the ocean and the sky. After doing some research of my own, I discovered that I really like his paintings of water lillies. The paintings are just so vibrant and beautiful. In addition, I found the ballerina with the fluffy skirt. The names of the piece was Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, however it was actually created by Edgar Degas. Edgar, has multiple paintings and sculptures of ballerinas. Edgar was part of the Impressionism period as well.

  32. Marysol Jimenez Avatar

    This week’s discussion was regarding the 19th century art. As I was watching and listening to the discussion i noticed a few painting that i have seen before but never actually took the time to analyze,one of those artists was Claude Monet. I have heard about Claude Monet before but never actually took the time to browse his work thus i decided to do a bit more research on him. When I first typed his name the first thing that showed were his very famous lily paintings. Monet had a huge garden on his house in which he planted a variety of flowers and had tons of water lilies. He began painting those water lilies a variety of ways using a different scenery and different landscapes. Who would have thought that a bunch of water lilies would create such beautiful art work. Another flower painting that i saw were sunflowers which are my absolute favorite! I was very interested in that painting to me, it was the prettiest because i love sunflowers of course. Overall, i enjoyed looking at Claude Monet’s artwork because he created very beautiful pieces.

    1. aleahlomeli28 Avatar

      Hi Marysol!

      I had a feeling you would talk about Monet’s flowers considering you love them! Lol. But I agree with you about his sunflower painting. It was a very beautiful piece, I guess more-so because sunflowers are a beautiful flower in general. Also, I never knew much about Monet either, but his work is something you want to take time to analyze because as you mentioned he goes straight into detail with something so simple such as the water lilies. Scenery itself is my favorite so that’s another thing I agree with you on. It just creates a positive vibe and a beautiful picture!!

      Aleah Lomeli

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    Aleah Lomeli

    During the 19th century, realism is presented and that happens to be my favorite because it presents more context on the image. For example, The Stone Breakers 1849 by Gustave Courbet presents the reality that many had to work for a living in order for them to eat, live, etc. I find that the most interesting because it shows what reality the world faces. Also, I was attracted to impressionism. The artwork, 1872 Sunrise, by Claude Monet was a beautiful piece. It struck me because I love scenery and the view was amazing. Additionally, what was pretty cool about this video was the fact that the world upgraded from the encyclopedia to wikipedia; it’s very useful in today’s life. I actually enjoyed the 19th century and cannot wait for the 21st century.

    1. dschmitz137 Avatar

      Daniel Schmitz

      Hey Aleah,

      I’ve also always thought Realism was pretty interesting. In high school. for like three years in English class we read stories/books/poems all from the 19th century. They were always fun reads and had very realistic point of views on things. Whereas previous eras focused on people and the amazing things they do, the Romantic period seemed to focus more on nature and portrays how life really is.

      I think I agree with you on your take on Impressionism. 1872 Sunrise is really pretty, and it was definitely a novel way to paint, with all the brush strokes. And yes, it was interesting to find out all that info about encyclopedias!

  34. Cindy Le Avatar

    It is interesting to see how many movements of art were formed in just one century. Of the six movements, Realism got my attention. The whole notion of having a key scene to tell a story would possibly refer to the saying: “a picture with a thousand words”. Based on the background information or just by looking at the picture, a lot of ideas or social problems can be seen based on the content the medium displays. Realism is a movement that represents life as it is, rather than romanticizing how life should be. I guess it interests me more than the romantic movement, because of how accurately it displayed the harsh realities of life.

  35. Nick Lemmerman Avatar

    I personally like the idea that Wikipedia is so massive that it cannot exist outside of the Internet–so much information that it physically cannot exist….just something I thought was cool.
    I also like (or dislike, depending on how you look at it) when an artist’s work is not appreciated until way after the fact, such as Monet’s “Sunrise.” I personally like the painting, but I’m sure that wasn’t the popular opinion at the time because it wasn’t “hip” or whatever back then. But now, it’s greatly appreciated and respected. The same thing happened to my favorite painter Van Gogh: damn near no one liked him or his paintings until it was literally too late. Which I think is very tragic: to pour your heart into something and express your feelings and talents in a way that you like, only to have it all thrown back in your face (Doctor Who fans will know why I’m sympathetic).

    Nick Lemmerman

  36. Daniel Puentes Avatar

    Daniel Puentes

    The Enlightenment period was a philosophical movement based on rational thinking instead of traditional religious and political thinking. Diderot’s contribution to the time was the invention of the Encyclopedia in order to spread all the knowledge known to man. This is my favorite creation from the Enlightenment period. It is such a colossal project with the intention of sharing knowledge. Not only did the Encyclopedia take twenty two years to complete it also came with a lot of resistance. The Enlightenment period is considered a time when religion took a back seat allowing people to focus on science and art. Without religion to resist the Encyclopedia one would think Diderot would have a clear path to publish, but instead he faced resistance from the government. The government gave much resistance after only seeing the first volume. They accused the Encyclopedia of spreading seditious content. Diderot suffered from constant harassment and searches of his home. Not everyone was against him, because during one of the fruitless searches it is known that Chretien the officer in charge of the searches was hiding the documents of the Encyclopedia at his home. The Encyclopedia faced so much resistance from the government that even Diderot’s partners abandon the project. Diderot was left to finish the rest on his own. I am extremely thankful for Diderot’s determination to finish this project because without it there is a good chance that Wikipedia would not be around today.

  37. Daniel Velazquez Avatar

    My favorite part of this video was Claude Monet. His art work is very detailed and thoroughly thought. This kind of art requires a lot of time, patience, and talents. All the paintings I found from Claude Monet were very detailed and focused on parts that many people would not really pay attention to. His painting of the sunflowers was a beautiful creation showing exactly how the flowers seemed from his yard. I really enjoyed doing my research for this guy because of the work I was finding about him. In a web page I found all the paintings he had created and showed so much color. Although not all artist have the same talents in the same things Claude Monet is one of the best artist I have heard about because of the skills he had.

  38. Raylyn Diep Avatar

    Raylyn Diep
    In this video, the main two artists that stood out to me would have to be Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat. Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night and Georges Seurat’s Grande Jatte are probably one of the more famous and recognized paintings. During an intro to art class in my freshman year of high school, I still remember my teacher talking about the Grande Jatte. I still remember how amazed I was when I found out the painting was made with lots of miniature dots. He put these dots in such a uniform state that it looks as if there was only a single shade of color, not dots. Throughout the video, I actually recognized and remembered a lot of things I learned in high school such as the Enlightenment and Realism. I remember that during these periods, there was a intellectual movement of scientific study and critical thinking. This is a time when Issac Newton developed his laws of gravity and famous philosophers like Voltaire and John Locke came into the big picture. When realism came in, artists showed more of real life in their paintings. There were paintings of everyday life. It showed what was happening in the world around them like the painting that was destroyed during World War II mentioned in the video.

  39. Linda Nguyen Avatar

    A lot of the artists mentioned in this weeks video sounded very familiar to me as references to their work and talent are continuously mentioned in books and in television shows. While I have heard of them, most of their art is still unknown to me. An art work that I’m most familiar with is Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” which I first saw a picture of back in elementary school when we did an art project on recreating famous art works. Typically, traditional art works are what I personally favor but the “Starry Night” was something that caught my eye and still leaves me in awe to this day. The mixture of blues and yellows and swirls around yellow moons capture abstract emotions one feels as they glance up at the night sky perfectly in my opinion. One can probably just paint what the night sky looks like, but, I feel that Van Gogh’s painting is able to reflect and project the relaxing and slightly nostalgic feelings that are felt when one stares up at the sky at night.

    1. laurajlockett Avatar

      Laura Lockett

      Hi Linda! “Starry Night” was practically shoved down our throats as we grew up. It is amazing but that was the only art that i really ever came across during that time period. Unlike you, I had never heard of these other artists but i was extremely impressed when I google searched them after watching the video. Definitely look into these other artists because they are amazing.

  40. Adrian Munoz Avatar

    I personally love the Enlightenment because it focused on reason or why the way things worked. It brought people together to make some scientific discoveries and even made an article known as the Encyclopedia to keep people informed. Strangely enough I never realized there was a great change in art history as well. This movement was know as Neoclassicism and one of the works I found fascinating and a bit disturbing was the experiment with the bird in an air pump by Joseph Wright. It got people to discover new things even if it was insane. Places Bird in Air pump, explodes, well that didn’t work on to the next experiment. Some other paintings like The Farewell of Telemachus & Eucharist by Jacques-louis David I found fascinating as well because its well drawn and I can’t wait to recreate it as well. As the time passes by, it turns into Realism and it’s the time period where we see painting of actual events from that time even if it were harsh like stone breaking. This time period certainly brought change and painting were made to document it all.

    1. Jasmine Figueroa Avatar

      Hi Adrian! I also found Joseph Wright’s “Experiment on a Bird in the Airpump,” to be particularly interesting since this documents a time period in which the scientific community made a bigger impact on the general public, and science as a whole was advancing at a rapid pace. The painting shows the involvement and interest of everyone ranging from adults to children, not just scientists of the time. I also agree with you on the part about how art began drastically changing with the way that life also developed during this time. New developments in technology and society drastically changed lifestyles during this time, and art changed along with it.

  41. Melissa Rios Avatar

    Melissa Rios

    This week we covered the 19th century. I personally feel like the art community went through a lot of different stages in that period of time. Being that it started off with the Enlightenment era and then through Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, only to end with Post-Impressionism. Overall, the art community experienced a lot of different types of art, which I find really interesting. However, I think the most interesting era was the Post-Impressionism because it made me want to know more about the art. My favorite piece was the most known painting, The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. My favorite thing about the piece is the colors and how there wasn’t any perfect lines used in order to create the piece. Whenever I draw, I have this mentality that the lines I draw have to be straight. Yet, Gough was able to create something so beautiful without actually trying to perfect it. In addition, another piece I found interesting was A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. After doing some research about the piece, I discovered that the piece was made up of millions of dots. Therefore, taking Georges more than two years to complete. That’s what dedication looks like.

    1. Andrew Nguyen Avatar
      Andrew Nguyen

      Hi Melissa!
      We both share the same ideas when admiring Vincent Van Gogh. I also enjoyed the colors in this painting and how he stepped away from the traditional straight lines. I like your assertions when you say that he created something beautiful without trying to be so perfect. Overall I loved this era and all the art that was created during this time. Thank you for sharing!

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    Kayla Tafoya Sablan

    The Origin of the World thing was super funny! Ha ha. I really have to say that I thought Claude Monet’s Impression: Sunrise is a beautiful piece of work. This is my first time seeing that painting, and I instantly thought it was beautiful. The use of colors like the orange, shades of purple and gray, blue and green–so pretty! I can’t see how it would have ever gotten rejected. So strange. I also really admired how realistic those Neoclassicism painting were especially Joseph Wright’s painting An Experiment on A Bird in the Air Pump. I was intrigued by how detailed the painting was–the use of shadows and lighting made it look so realistic, it’s crazy. That has to be one of my other favorites of the video. Also, it’s pretty interesting to see how these artists used their art to express the curiosity of the unknown–there were so many things yet to be discovered in that time. It’s really crazy to think about because you’d think everything we need to know about the earth and how everything works seems so certain nowadays like everything’s been discovered already (even though I know this is not true) but just saying. It was an interesting thought that came to mind when observing that painting.

    1. Shalane Holm Avatar

      Kayla, Claude Monet’s Impression: Sunrise is beautiful, I agree. I also know that it is a tremendously important piece because of the headway it made in color theory. This painting is used in countless art classes today as an example for how warm and cool colors can work together to give the illusion of deep space in a piece. The warm colors pop forward while the cools go back. That make the use of extra information unnecessary.

  43. Carlos Villicana Avatar

    Of all of the great things in the video, I am actually most impressed by the creation of the encyclopedia and the use of the printing press to spread it. As shown in the video, the encyclopedia paved the way for tools that we all use often now like Wikipedia. This early version of the encyclopedia was created to share information with those who could access it. In a time like the Enlightenment, where people are looking at what they knew in new ways, the encyclopedia was probably a huge factor in the spreading of information that contributed to these new ways of thinking. It was cool to learn that Wikipedia was created about 250 years later. All these years later and Wikipedia continues to do what the encyclopedia set out to do. This evolution of media shows how people can continue to carry out the same mission that someone had previously set to do, but can take advantage of new technology to do so on a bigger stage. In a way, it proves that we are incredibly different from the people in the past because of the world we live in, but that as people we have often times had similar feelings and intentions behind our actions.

    1. Abigail Manuel Avatar
      Abigail Manuel

      I loved your comment about the fact that the evolution of media allows people to achieve the same goals that had been set earlier on in history, but by using the more advanced technology that we have available today. I think it’s a very interesting thought, because if you think about it, we as a human race seem to progress so quickly, but we don’t even really realize that we are changing and progressing everyday, as it’s happening. It’s only when we are able to take the time and look at the bigger picture, the bigger timeline of events that occur throughout history that we are able to realize that so much has changed. So whether it be the encyclopedia, the way we view art and the many different creations of art that exist today that didn’t thousands of years ago, we’ve definitely come a long way.

  44. Jasmine Figueroa Avatar

    After watching this video, I gained a deeper insight at 19th century artworks and how they were related to what was going on in society at the time, such as with the enlightenment era for example. With Joseph Wright’s “An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pipe,” we see the up and running fascination with science, and the growth at the time of the scientific community, and how science became something that was more readily available to the average person. I also found the part about Monet and how people said his art wasn’t really a painting, but more like sketches interesting, since today he is perhaps one of the most recognizable artists, and a household name. Monet’s quick techniques used to make his pieces were used as a way to make a statement on the quick, fast paced, and changing ways of life at the time. Art during this time was a reflection of the transition between past ways of life, and the new scientific advances, and change of lifestyles.

  45. Evan Burton Avatar

    This week’s art talk discussion concerns art and social movements during the 19th century, which means that we are finally getting into the modern period. This is exciting because many art forms from the 1800s and onwards are very recognizable, still practiced commonly today. Impressionism, romanticism and realism created an outlet for artists during the Enlightenment to frame the exact message they were looking to inspire. Instead of an all-encompassing portrait, each style inspires separate sets of feelings, and that is essentially what art is meant to do. Impressionism is certainly the most “artsy” of the three movements. It doesn’t try to replicate the actual image, but places it in a subjective lens based on the artist’s desired emotions. I like this form because it always causes the viewer to feel some sort of emotion, as well as obviously giving away the intent of the artist. Bright colors like red and yellow can be used for the sky if it’s meant to be positive or energetic. Blues are used primarily for more melancholic pieces. Vincent van Gogh was a singular post-impressionist painter that used many shades of blue in most of his works, which were very sullen and relaxing. Romanticism was also a beautiful style that portrayed the world in almost movie-fashion: scenic settings and idealized everything. My favorite piece is “The Lion Hunt”, showing courageous soldiers on horseback fighting lions with spears. Very unlikely to have occurred, but the effect of romanticism is to create bold, dynamic pieces that draw on the imaginations of the viewers.

  46. Shalane Holm Avatar

    19th Century Art is such a broad range of work, that it is hard to categorize it in just one group. Anyone who has studied art has heard of many of these famous artist, but most of us could not identify a piece’s maker if it were not their most famous piece. This time was a period of responses to prior styles. I was most fascinated by the Romantic style and the Realism style. These periods are most influential to me because they are so different, yet touch on important topics. Romanticism highlights the beauty standards of the time and idealized figures. Realism touches on a very different note, depicting the hardships and trails of everyday working class people. Understanding of these two styles help to understand the complexity of nineteenth century art.

  47. juanfvasquez Avatar

    Juan Vasquez
    I did not know that the Enlightenment period could be considered as a part of the 19th century and most of the work before the Realism period was new to me. In searching up some of the different periods of time I was surprised to see Monet’s work on the very front page of Google when searching up Impressionism. I had no idea of the build up in work that led up to Van Gogh in Post-Impressionism but I can see the influence that comes from it. I do recognize more of the works that were shown from the Post-Impressionism age. The work completed by Van Gogh is definitely related to Impressionism and it is seen in his work “The Starry Night”, his self portrait and his drawings of flowers.

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      Marcelo Ceballos Jr. – 1PM

      Hey Juan, I didn’t think of it before but now that you mention it, it really is clear how much the impressionist style influenced Van Gogh. It makes a lot of sense with all of the art actually, it is all building upon the past and making tweaks to style in order to express ideas of the time. There are some jumps in style but overall it is all connected, which I think is very interesting. I wonder what the next art movement will be in the years to come.

  48. Andrew Nguyen Avatar
    Andrew Nguyen

    Andrew Nguyen
    Watching this weeks video about the 19th century definitely gave me more insight in the Impressionism movement. From previous history classes I know the ideas of impressionism heavily influenced art and science. Some of the most famous art pieces are from this time such as The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. It is one of the most timeless pieces I have studied in history classes all throughout school. I have always admired the color scheme and the shading of colors in The Starry Night. This piece was unique because it striped away the traditional straight lines. I think this period of time paved the way for art and science to grow significantly. There were also other movements during this time which included romanticism and realism which also made a great impact.

  49. Marlene Rodriguez Avatar

    After watching this weeks art talk discussion I became more knowledgable about the different kinds of art pieces throughout different periods of time. The piece that made me curious was of “Sunrise”. To me the painting was so simple but so beautiful. I thought it was strange that they did not consider that painting art because it seemed too “sketchy”. I guess they didn’t consider it art because most of the paintings through that time frame were of people and looked more realistic rather than simple colors. Each artist and time period has different unique ways of creating their art and you can definitely see that each piece had their artists’ own touch. A video I watched above in the comments was of Van Gogh on Dark water Animation of Starry Night. It was so amazing and the detail really made the piece beautiful. It amazed me that such a beautiful and popular painting could be created out of so little colors. Art truly is spectacular and i admire the meanings behind each piece very much.

  50. dschmitz137 Avatar

    Daniel Schmitz

    Could you imagine writing an encyclopedia? That would be ridiculous. Denis Diderot was a crazy man when he decided to write an encyclopedia. First of all, you’d have to know a lot to do that, or have access to the resources needed to write all that information down.

    Anyway, I feel like I’ve seen lots if Romanticism before. In high school English class, we spent the better part of two years going over that era, althought more with American Romanticism. If I remember correctly, The U.S. wasn’t taken very seriously when it came to art, but I think the 1800’s is when that started to turn around. The explosion of industrialization and the vast, uncharted continental U.S. was the perfect place for Romanticism to thrive. You had modern, dirty, ugly industrialization right next to the undeveloped natural landscapes of North America.

    Impressionism is pretty interesting. To be honest, I don’t think I’m a big fan of that art style. The paintings are beautiful, no doubt, but the style isn’t really my thing. It seems like the artists just got bored of realistic looking paintings and wanted to do something different. But I’m probably just being negative and don’t actually know what I’m talking about, so forget I said it.

  51. Briana Garcia Avatar
    Briana Garcia

    I thought it was so funny to see how drastically art changed. We started with cave art and what looked like stick figures to exposed women and men in detailed paintings. I must say I was quite astounded to see such blunt and exposed paintings like the one of the woman’s private area for example. I guess that’s what realism was all about. However, it’s not so shocking now. I don’t think it’s uncommon now for artist to use naked people as a model for drawings or paintings. I’ve actually heard that in some college art courses they would actually have nude models and the students would have to draw them. I did some research and found that a key idea of this realism movement was to incorporate real life situations in the art whether it be socially, economically or culturally. It also meant including the “ugly” or the truth. Since this was the start of modern art, I can see a lot of that today.

    Briana Garcia (1pm)

    1. Bryan Aparicio Avatar

      Agreed. A lot of things change over time and it becomes really really different. It’s a thing every era has an effect on. Realism gets more and more detailed and we clearly saw an example of that. Thanks to your research I learned something new. I had no knowledge that incorporating real life situations would help with the realism in art pieces. Great to know.

  52. laurajlockett Avatar

    Laura Lockett

    After researching Claude Monet I thought it was hilarious that the first link that pops up is a Wikipedia page which is basically what Denis Diderot created as mentioned before. While looking into Claude Monet I was suddenly caught by his painting Water Lily Pond because it was so similar to the Japanese Gardens with the pond along with the bridge. All of his paintings had such detail which made them magnificent to look at. I have always found myself interested in pictures/paintings of scenery rather than a portrait of someone. I definitely feel like I know more about the time period now that i have watched this video.

  53. Bryan Aparicio Avatar

    The countless hours of work to create an encyclopedia must have been ridiculous. So much time it took to make. Crazy thing is that a lot of people, including myself, do not refer to an encyclopedia when they seek information. There’s tons and tons of things to look for that you can find the book, but instead you refer to Wikipedia to make it easier for you. Can’t be upset if there’s a faster way of attaining knowledge as long as you’re learning it. Art constantly changes over time and it’s expressed it different forms. For a example, the painting “Sunrise” was a simplistic but creative art piece. The features to it are what make it stand out. Sometimes the pieces with the least color, can shine the brightest. The beauty of art.

    1. nataliesantanablog Avatar

      Hey Brian,
      I totally agree, I cant imagine how long it must have taken to create the encyclopedia and it is so true how it is rare for people to even use it. Since its the age of technology of course people will much prefer to use Wikipedia since it is much faster. I like how you mentioned the painting the “Sunrise” what I like most about it is how it looks so different than just any painting of a sunrise. I love impressionism and just love how its not all blended together. I’m not sure how to describe it. In my art class, when we did paintings that focused on impressionism we would have to do dashes or dots, it was something different. When you look at the painting from afar you see a painting now just dashes or dots. Amazing.

      Natalie Santana

  54. abigaildmanuel Avatar

    First off, I have to say that the Enlightenment period has to be one of my favorite time periods when learning about history. Don’t get me wrong at all, I’m a Christian woman and very much believe in my own and respect other religions, but when learning about history I think it’s very refreshing to see mankind kind of take the lead and allow themselves to kind of think for themselves and realize that everyone has a different kind of mind and that it’s completely okay, even beneficial to give yourself a little credit for the amazing things that humans are able to do. The way that this is illustrated through art is amazing, and I love looking at works that are considered to be neoclassicism. I enjoy the way that artists are able to depict the light and the very real subjects they use as well.

  55. duhmarkymark Avatar

    Marcelo Ceballos Jr. – 1PM

    Woah! I just learned so many things. Other than Vincent Van Gogh I had never heard of any of the other artists or art pieces. The biggest bombshell from this weeks video had to be learning about Diderot. I had never heard his name before but he is essentially the godfather of the information age. If it wasn’t for his vision of having all of the information packaged into encyclopedias who know how long it would have taken for the idea to arise. And then, who knows how much longer it would have taken to come up with all of the cool new inventions we have today if people did not have a collection of knowledge to learn from. The impressionist style paintings like the Sunrise one never really made sense to me until i was older. Before I just thought the artist just wasn’t good at drawing realistically but it turns out that the whole point is to just leave an impression of the moment or subject. Really glad we covered this age of art because there is so much to learn!

  56. klauduso Avatar

    Tommy Duong

    I researched a bit about encyclopedia and how 250 years later, wikipedia was created. When encyclopedia, I believe many of the writers were scholars who were experts or studying in that type of topic. Compare it to Wikipedia where the credibility for the information is low. Anyone can go into an article and edit it making it non credible. It’s something I found interesting because wikipedia state that editors do not own any of the articles they write. Which means anyone can take it and change it the way they want it. Compare it to an Encyclopedia where the credibility is high and it is backed with trusted sources.

  57. Vincent Santos Avatar

    I think impression art work are very interesting, I never knew there was a thing called impression art. I always thought it was art and to hear they didnt consider art because it lacked details made me stumped. If they didnt consider this art at the time it crazy because these amazing artist have done art pieces before that were consider art pieces. Even thought impression art isnt detailed they can have some abstract content which allows all the views to see the main purpose of the art piece. I personally like impression art and i would with out a doubt consider it art. Ive notice alot of impression art around my area and i think it cool to have art like this in the street.

  58. nataliesantanablog Avatar

    Natalie Santana

    It was amazing learning about who made the encyclopedia and why he actually made it. He just wanted to share knowledge and what was even amazing is how Wikipedia was invented 250 years later to share knowledge with the entire human race. I was very interested in learning more about impressionism because that is one of my favorite art movements. I remember in my high school art class, I did a few paintings inspired by impressionism and I loved doing them. I remember my teacher would tell us if you look at it too closely you might be confused as to what it is but if you look at it a bit father away, it will all come together. I didn’t know much about artist during that time period and I liked learning more about it. I do remember learning about Claude Monet and I loved his painting Impression Sunrise and its crazy how there paintings were rejected and people didn’t consider them as an actual painting but just an impression of one. Of course Van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night is what we focused on in class but I wish I would’ve learned more.

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