# Peer Review 5

Hi Gabrielle,
This week your blog was extremely insightful as I too have discovered a new fondness to T.S Elliot’s work. I appreciate the fact that you identified what Modernism actually is and added your own interpretation of it. I feel that through Professor Barry Spur’s Lecture you learn’t why Elliot wrote how he wrote and the reasons he chose certain words to express what he was saying.
I think that if you gave a little bit more detail on ‘The Hollowmen’ it would of made your blog more complete!
Overall you’ve done a fantastic job!



#5 “Nude in a rocking chair”, Modernist?

Pablo Picasso’s painting “Nude in a rocking chair” 1956, is a great representation of expressive modernism. As I have indulged into Modernism in the past few weeks it would be only fitting to describe what makes “Nude in a rocking chair” 1956, the oil painting,”modernist”.

From my knowledge, I currently understand Modernism to be a form of reacting to the dominant mode or tradition happening at the time. It also became an art of confrontation towards the current world and established a massive rejection of the 19th Century society and the art which appear in that period. When looking at “Nude in the rocking chair” 1956,  anyone can get lost in it. Whether it could be due to utter confusion of the faceless figured female  or the white body surrounded by dark strokes of black outlines contrasting the background with such vibrant and dominating colours. The absence of colour within the disintegrated female makes the image created to stand out. It expresses one’s inner beauty in a vastly driven and electric world.


Modernism was daring when talking about or indicating sexual references. This painting hints at Modernism’s rejection against Romanticism. The salient figures position expresses emotional tension as well as aggression and sexual presences. Through doing this Picasso breaks the conventions of what was accepted at the time as he positions the faceless figured female upon a chair made of rams horns which symbolise a sexual facade. Picasso always achieved the breaking of conventions of what was accepted. He did so by challenging what artists saw as able-bodied by creating a faceless persona revealing the inner most soul to it’s outermost beauty.


# Peer Review 4

Hi Ngaire,
I found your blog this week to be very creative and expressive of your own understanding of the lifestyle of war. I picked up a Wilfred Owen reference within your writing, “Dignified custom of the passing bells passes away”, which I found to be very daring but I believe you pulled it off really well. The last four lines really struck me the most as the most truthful words were spoken of in the most simplest of words. The only thing I can say is that you could include a few more lines of sensory imagery. The reader can image your words but it would be more effective if they could be there and hear it as well.
Overall you’ve done a great job!
– Annaliese


#4 Art Gallery Visit

Friday afternoon my tutorial took place in a new arena, the Art Gallery of NSW. Within the gallery, it holds many unique and meaningful 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional pieces that entice the eye of the beholder.

A piece that struck a cord with me was Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s painting the “Three Bathers” which was created in 1913. Kirchner was an essential part of the German history of expressionism. This can be vividly seen within this painting that can have many different individual interpretations that come along with them. The reason I chose this artwork to speak about today was because whilst analysing its visual features I felt vulnerable as well, just like the women in the painting. It almost felt as if the skinny woman was stronger and had more confidence opposed to the larger woman.


At first glance, I saw three naked women, huddled together, one behind the other, upon the great blue waves that surrounded them in the framework. The longer I look the more I could identify. The women weren’t huddling they in fact were hiding behind each other. The scarce positioning of their eyes reveals their worry and the dispossession of their own emotions captured in that exact moment. Their body language hunched over and hiding also led on to portray a scared unknowing of what lies in the future. Using this mechanism of hunching down their backs and hiding would protect them from the unknown. The larger body size of the women the more vulnerable they became. When I identified this I became entirely appreciative of the artwork because it resonated something inside of me and I too would hide if I were the third woman. Another idea arose as the skinnier lady was placed at the front expressing the motion that the skinner woman is more comfortable and stronger in the body she was given. I see this artwork as both a foreshadowing of dark times ahead i.e. the war but as well giving the viewers a cloudy visual about female nudity and how it affects the women themselves. Are those issues connected or just a very thought through painting.


#Peer Review 3

Hey Brittney,
In this week’s blog you expressed you’re trip to the art gallery and I thought it was brief but brilliant. I commend the fact that you decided to detail two artworks instead of just one, it was a good addition to your blog as it shows diversity in what you saw. One thing that i could critic on was that if you chose two pieces that you could of chose one which was 2D and another which was 3D such as a sculpture to show differing techniques.
Overall it was a great entry this week!!