Symbolism in Art

The Symbolism of Flowers in the Art of Georgia O’Keeffe
Article date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Symbolism of Flowers in the Art of Georgia O’Keeffe

O’Keeffe herself often commented that the colour and form of the flowers was more important than the subject matter, suggesting that she was interested in the natural form and capturing its beauty. Several feminist critics have praised O’Keeffe’s work as capturing feminist themes far ahead of their time. Certainly, in the era in which she was working, O’Keeffe was in a male-dominated world and was repeatedly reminded of her gender and otherness as she moved through the art world.

Symbolism of Fruit in Caravaggio’s Boy With a Basket
Article date: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Symbolism of Fruit in Caravaggio’s Boy With a Basket

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was a controversial painter from Lomardy, Northern Italy. He is known for creating dramatic paintings with a strong sense of lighting and drama. His work has inspired many modern painters.

Manet’s Symbolic Use of the Black Cat as a Female Companion
Article date: Monday, March 4, 2019

Manet’s Symbolic Use of the Black Cat as a Female Companion

Cats are well known to mankind and are a favoured domesticated animal around the world. As well as black magic and dark forces, cats can also be used to symbolise comfort and homeliness thanks to their association with domestic scenes. The cat is clearly comfortable on the sitters lap, suggesting that this is a familiar relationship. It is a far cry from Manet’s earlier use of a seductive, mischievous black cat, hiding against a dark backdrop and staring out towards the viewer.

Symbolism: Honeysuckle in Rubens’ Honeysuckle Bower
Article date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Symbolism: Honeysuckle in Rubens’ Honeysuckle Bower

Peter Paul Rubens was a Flemish artist who worked largely in the Baroque tradition. His paintings earned him a glowing reputation amongst Antwerp’s noble elite, allowing for rare financial stability during much of his life. Many of his paintings included mythical and historical symbolism and he also favoured images of hunting and noble life. Rubens classic style often involves bold colours and subjects.

Symbolism of the Pitchfork in Grant Wood’s American Gothic
Article date: Thursday, January 3, 2019

Symbolism of the Pitchfork in Grant Wood’s American Gothic

American artist Grant DeVoloson Wood, usually known as Grant Wood, is best known for his work depicting images of the American Midwest. The painting that made him famous is his depiction of an Iowan famer and his stern-looking daughter, standing rigid in front of the gothic window of their white, wooden home.

Pool 18 Internationales TanzFilmFestival Berlin
Article date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pool 18 Internationales TanzFilmFestival Berlin

Pool presents a selection of dance film productions from all over the world making the event for creative people involved in the fields of dance, film, fashion, advertisement and for those curious enough to venture an unknown territory.

Erwin Wurm : I View the World Through the Eyes of a Sculpture. 
Article date: Monday, September 17, 2018

Erwin Wurm : I View the World Through the Eyes of a Sculpture. 

«My work is not about humour. For me sculpture is all about gaining and losing weight.  Through my art I have the possibility to alter form. I see the world from a sculptural point of view».

Symbolism in Art: Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dogs
Article date: Thursday, May 31, 2018

Symbolism in Art: Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dogs

Jeff Koons’ reproduction balloon animals are amongst some of his most recognisable pieces. Usually rendered in a mirror-finished stainless steel in a variety of colours, the works reflect an element of childhood play and disposable culture but in a definitive, substantial form.

Symbolism in Art: Tracey Emin’s Beds
Article date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Symbolism in Art: Tracey Emin’s Beds

Contemporary English artist Tracey Emin (born 1963) is known for producing work that includes raw autobiography and elements of confession art. She uses a combination of found items, photography, film, sculpture and painting.

Anselm Kiefer: Symbolism of the Forest
Article date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Anselm Kiefer: Symbolism of the Forest

“Germans want to forget [the past] and start a new thing all the time, but only by going into the past can you go into the future.” Anselm Kiefer.

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