Reality Is Relative Upon Viewing Research Paper

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[. . .] Whatever messages the artists are trying to convey must be hidden in the "backgrounds" of these images as they leap out at even the most casual observer. Both seem to point to man's insignificance. The village is so small and docile when compared to the stars and the swirling "winds" in the painting. And, in the photograph, the gentleman is so small in relation to the huge chain. Both artists have captured an exaggerated representation of normal things to draw attention away from that which would normally draw the eye.

Realism captures objective reality, in a way that reflects objective reality without any type of embellishment or interpretation. A photograph is generally a good example of realism. That would seem to imply that a photograph is not open to interpretation, it is simply an image which was captured by the click of a button. However, when viewing this particular photograph, one may certainly interpret its meaning through imagination and symbolism. How objective is a photo when it is viewed with the eyes and the imaginations of many? Each person who looks upon this photograph will come away with a different impression. Thus, Realism

begins to blur with Post Impressionism, despite the fact that Realism is concentrated on the realistic portrayal of its subject.

Post Impressionism is more difficult to define. That is due to the diversity in Post Impressionistic artists. Each of them was known for his individual technique for style. Van Gogh's style is very recognizable. He used vibrant colors, thick paint, and worked on canvas. His brushstrokes are energetic. In other words, Van Gogh built on earlier Impressionist art. So, in order to understand Post Impressionism one must define Impressionism. Impressionism was an art movement in France in 1870, which was practiced by painters, and depicted natural objects in an unrealistic manner- usually dabs or strokes of paint that would simulate light.

Interestingly, The Starry Night is said to depict the view outside of Van Gogh's sanitarium window. Obviously, since the painting was produced from a memory, it cannot fall under the category of Realism. It is not an objective representation of reality. It is however, one man's presentation of his own perception of reality and like Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern it is open to interpretation by each and every individual who views it.

Thus, one can see that art is always subjective. The artist may use varying devices to try and convey exactly what he or she was thinking at the time. These devices may include color, texture, light, brushstrokes, and roughness to try and capture either an objective piece of reality or a subjective interpretation of the night from a sanitarium but, the end result is that no two people will see the same thing and interpret the meaning exactly the same regardless if it is categorized as Realism or Post Impressionism. [END OF PREVIEW]

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