Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Treaty Signing at Medicine Creek

John Taylor, Treaty Signing at Medicine Creek:
Howling Wolf: Treaty Signing at Medicine Creek:

When comparing two paintings of the same scenario, John Taylor’s painting, Treaty signing at Medicine Creek Lodge, is a representational art piece because it resembles real things in a real world.  The painting Treaty signing at Medicine Creek Lodge by Howling Wolf is definitely the more abstract of the two paintings because it does not try to resemble the real world. Both pieces are representing the same treaty signing, but they are doing so in a different way. With Taylor’s it is much more organized and realistic, as to Wolf focuses more on color and placement. The landscape is very different in these pieces. With Taylor’s piece the landscape has depth and texture, Wolf’s landscape has no depth and is basically just lines. In Taylor’s art piece, everyone is standing much closer together than in Wolf’s this could suggest culture differences with personal space. Also, Taylor’s piece makes our eyes direct our attention to the center rather than the whole painting like Wolf’s, this could be because Taylor is more concerned about the treaty then the entire village and people in it. In Taylor’s work it is hard to determine the Native American’s role and even if they are male or female. In Wolf’s work it is easy to tell the difference between the sexes and they look to be a bigger part in the whole ordeal. Overall these pieces are about the same situation, but they vary greatly.

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