Many artists express their emotions through their art-making, and the finished art will reflect that emotion. Other artists may make an image with the hope of creating an emotional response in the viewer. In looking at several famous paintings below, which emotions do you feel? Decide for yourself first, and then scroll down to the bottom to see if you read these paintings the same way Artsology does.
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Above left: Henri Matisse, "Dance II" (1909-1910); above right: Roy Lichtenstein, "Frighten Girl" (1966).
Above left: Pablo Picasso, "The Weeping Woman" (1937); above right: Marc Chagall, "Birthday" (1915).
Above left: Roy Lichtenstein, "Grrrrrrrrrrr!!" (1965); above right: Francis Bacon, "Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X" (1953).
Above left: Marc Chagall, "The Promenade" (1917); above right: Grant Wood, "American Gothic" (1930).
So, what did you think? Here's how Artsology reads these emotions, although this is the beauty of art - there is no "right" answer, you may respond in a completely different way.
Lichtenstein #1: fear
Chagall #1: love
Lichtenstein #2: anger, creating fear
Bacon: anger, or pain
Chagall #2: happiness
Wood: serious, grim
For more on this subject, check out our additional feature on Emotion in Art here.