Jessa Barsana17 July 2018ART 102 040W /LynchTest Two EssayWatteau, Pilgrimage to the Island of Cythera vs.
Manet, Luncheon on the Grass Art are like people. Everyone is different from each from their physical aspects to the way they think. This is due to the different factors that impact people to be different from each other, even though people are all the same species. Art are differed from each due to the different factors that impact its creation such as the artist that created it, the style of the artist, and the time it was created. Jean-Antoine Watteau the creator of the art piece called Pilgrimage to the Island of Cythera, and Edouard Manet the artist who created the Luncheon on the Grass are two different artists who created this painting in different frame for different purpose. Jean-Antoine Watteau was known as one of the artists that first use French Rococo style in painting (Stokstad and Cothren 924). Just like any artist Watteau was influenced by other artists such as Giorgione and Titian. He was able to comes up with a style of his own through the style of other artists (Stokstad and Cothren 925).
Pilgrimage to the Island of Cythera is a piece completed during 1717 that “portrayed an imagined vision of the idyllic and sensual life of Rococo aristocrats” (Stokstad and Cothren 925). This piece shows a fantasy world in an island blessed by the goddess, Venus. Moreover, this art work captured the “visions of aristocratic leisure both early eighteenth-century Paris and most of Europe” (Stokstad and Cothren 926).
This painting was Watteau’s ticket to the French Royal Academy of Paintings and Sculpture, which results in a “new category, the fete galante to describe this genre” (Stokstad and Cothren 926). Unlike Watteau, Edouard Manet’s work, Luncheon on the Grass, did not get the same reaction at first. This art work was first rejected by the Salon exhibitions, which is why it ended up in the Salon des Refuses exhibitions, where art pieces that was rejected was exhibit (Stokstad and Cothren 993). During Manet’s time, photography was just emerging and was gaining popularity. Photography became the competition of paintings, so it was up to the artists to create something that would compete against the reality that a photograph presents. Manet was an artist with a “strong commitment to realism and modernity” (Stokstad and Cothren 993). Luncheon on the Grass was his art piece that shows realism and modernity, which results in a huge scandal and benefited him. Despite its differences these two art pieces share some similarities such as the fact that both art pieces are scenery, and both represents the style that popular during that time.
Furthermore, both paintings are very new and different that it created a whole new different genre to describe it (Stokstad and Cothren 925-994). In short, even though these two art pieces both reflects the art during the time it was created they are still both different to each other in many aspects because of the factors that influenced in creating it. They differed to each from the style of the paintings to the expressions they evoke. Works CitedStokstad, Marilyn, et al. Art History. 6th ed.
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