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ComparingYousuf Karsh and Edward Hopper

Artis a beautiful thing. As such, the expression of thought, action andreal life events in painting and photography is an essential partthat arouses emotional power of the viewers. Since the early times,renowned artists have graced this area of skill with images that arenot only appealing but also portray the designers’ thoughts andfeelings. Different people show different qualifications and tacticsin their work. The variation is what makes them distinct. Two of themost famous artists known for their works are Yousuf Karsh and EdwardHopper. Although these artists used different methods of displayingtheir talent, their art was mainly focused on images which capturedthe essence of the subjects or the sceneries. By comparing these twoindividuals, one can be able to draw insight on the artistsunderlying reasons for depicting images the way they did, informationor message being passed across as well as the implications in thesociety.

YousufKarsh

Karshwas an expert of Studio lighting. He had a gift of capturing thequintessence of the individuals he photographed which is why he wasable to work on the portraits of famous and wealthy people of histime. He believed that at a certain point in time, a secret within anindividual might be revealed and a photographer has to capture thatexact moment. The pictures were able to portray the precise nature ofthe individual the way Karsh felt were most related to the character.One instance is the picture of Winston Churchill in which he came outas defiant and unconquerable especially since it was taken duringWorld War II. One of the art he did on Churchill was chosen to beused on the £5 note in England (Berman 93).

EdwardHopper

Hopperwas a prominent American Painter and printmaker as opposed to Yousuf.He did not use a camera in his work. On the contrary, he developedboth rural and urban depictions which mirrored his visualization ofhow the contemporary American life is like. His paintings have beendescribed as short with remote instances of configuration, giving theviewer a suggestion of melancholy. His art was distanced frompolitics and social matters although he was interested in depictingand acknowledging the subconscious as an important facet of hisworks. He took his time to create his paintings, balancing light andpeople to create the proper mood. His subject matter was derived fromthe urban life and its inhabitants, as well as the sea views andrural landscapes (Clause 52).

Differencesbetween Yousuf Karsh and Edward Hopper

First,Yousuf based his portraits primarily on people with the aim ofhighlighting their inner being and character. Edward, on the otherhand, was more inclined towards sceneries such as buildings,landscapes, and seascapes. The people he included were usually partof the larger view. Secondly, as described earlier, Yousuf had thetask of capturing a single particular moment in the life of a personand make it appealing in the way he felt was best at the time.Edward’s painting took much longer to create, balance the colors aswell as create the specific mood that he required for that particularpiece. Third, Yousuf’s method involved the use of a camera tocapture his subjects. Hence his art was entirely that of real lifeindividuals. Edward Hopper`s methodology was completely different.Most of his drawings of people, sceneries and buildings werecompletely from his imagination. In this way, although the two sharedthe aspect of being able to produce images that correspond to aparticular situation, the means of displaying their works wasdifferent. Lastly, while Hopper did not engage a lot in thedevelopment of political and social images, Yousuf spent most of histime in capturing the prominent individuals such as Churchill. Hispictures were relevant to the particular mood of the currenthappenings while for Hopper, most of his paintings indicated amelancholic, solitary and somber disposition (Moss).

Conclusion

Anartist’s work can instill varied reactions from individuals.Apparently, the artist himself must be able to create an image thatarouses a certain feeling, emotion or attitude that he wants to beseen. Both Hopper and Karsh show this aspect. Their final picturesare molded and shaped to portray exactly what they want the viewersto allude. Likewise, despite the difference in the method of artwork,both individuals pass across a particular message. For instance,Yousuf’s famous portrait of Churchill shows the viewer that the manat the time of World War II was robust and unmovable (Smithsonian58). Similarly, Hopper’s paintings pass certain meaning to theviewers concerning the modern day life which involves seclusion to acertain extent. His seascapes also seem to parallel his silent,lonely character by depicting the quietness and softness of nature(Kwak 89). By combining the subject matter with a particular touchingarrangements of a person’s features or the geographicalpresentation, the resulting art is one that has intangibleresponsiveness, yet complimented with poetic and inspired meanings tothe observers.

WorksCited

Berman, Eliza. &quotYousuf Karsh`s Masterful Portraits from Churchil to Hepburn.&quot 18 March 2015. Time. Document. 1 September 2016.

Clause, Bonnie Tocher. Edward Hopper in Vermont. Hanover: University Press of New England, 2012. Print.

Kwak, Chaney. &quotRoad-Tripping Through Edward Hopper`s Maine.&quot The Wall Street Journal (2015).

Moss, Jeremiah. &quotFinding Nighthawks.&quot May 18 2014. jeremiah`s Vanishing New York. Document. 1 September 2016.

Smithsonian. &quotFrom Colonel Sanders to Grace Kelly: Iconic American Portraits by Yousuf Karsh.&quot Smithsonian (2013). Document.

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ReadingResponses

Oneelement of craft that is evident in Hoagland’s poem is rhythm. Thepoem has a consistent stanza length portraying an actual sense ofrhythm. Though the sentences are split into two parts from one stanzato another, a reader becomes conversant with the regularity of thestructure. The author uses milk as a metaphor. Hoagland writes thatlosing a friend is like losing milk. Due to his relations with anacquaintance, the poet points out that language is a deficientcontainer. I wonder whether the poet was trying to relate language toa bag and milk to a friend. Though the words can be metaphoric, Ithink they are not clear enough to show how the milk breaks the bag.

GracePaley’s poem on “Fathers” is rather confusing. After reading itseverally, I still cannot comprehend the structure and stylisticdevices utilized. However, one of the most striking aspects is itsfree verse. It has minimal punctuation with confusing sentences.Nevertheless, the main theme is about fathers. The poet attempts toreveal how parenting has changed over the years. It is now common tosee fathers carrying their babies in the subways or even in thecountryside. The fathers are becoming more accomplished due to themothering aspects in them. I think the poet is trying to explain theimportance of fathers.

SharonOlds’ “The Language of the Brag” is symbolic. I thinkassociating the conception of human life to that of art ismetaphoric. The poem begins with the protagonist’s desire to boastall through her life as exemplified by the phrases “knife knowing,”“strong and accurate arms,” “epic use of my excellent body,”and “courage.” From there, the poet embarks on vivid imageryduring the pregnancy process and childbirth. Repetition or rather anemphasis is put on the term exceptional. The artist uses thisstylistic device to show the significance and miraculous nature ofbirth.

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Oneelement of craft that is evident in Hoagland’s poem is rhythm. Thepoem has a consistent stanza length portraying an actual sense ofrhythm. Though the sentences are split into two parts from one stanzato another, a reader becomes conversant with the regularity of thestructure. The author uses milk as a metaphor. Hoagland writes thatlosing a friend is like losing milk. Due to his relations with anacquaintance, the poet points out that language is a deficientcontainer. I wonder whether the poet was trying to relate language toa bag and milk to a friend. Though the words can be metaphoric, Ithink they are not clear enough to show how the milk breaks the bag.

GracePaley’s poem on “Fathers” is rather confusing. After reading itseverally, I still cannot comprehend the structure and stylisticdevices utilized. However, one of the most striking aspects is itsfree verse. It has minimal punctuation with confusing sentences.Nevertheless, the main theme is about fathers. The poet attempts toreveal how parenting has changed over the years. It is now common tosee fathers carrying their babies in the subways or even in thecountryside. The fathers are becoming more accomplished due to themothering aspects in them. I think the poet is trying to explain theimportance of fathers.

SharonOlds’ “The Language of the Brag” is symbolic. I thinkassociating the conception of human life to that of art ismetaphoric. The poem begins with the protagonist’s desire to boastall through her life as exemplified by the phrases “knife knowing,”“strong and accurate arms,” “epic use of my excellent body,”and “courage.” From there, the poet embarks on vivid imageryduring the pregnancy process and childbirth. Repetition or rather anemphasis is put on the term exceptional. The artist uses thisstylistic device to show the significance and miraculous nature ofbirth.

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SubjectiveOpinion about the films

Inthe painting techniques of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the film showcasesabout six works done by Tanner. They offer an intimate comprehensionof visual acuity, material formulations, and artistic expressions.The eccentric mechanisms are also core to this works. The artistryentailed in these paintings is one of the most vibrant and otherartists typically utilize them to do their work. In one instance, afather and his son are painted playing guitar. The dad is mostprobably teaching his son how to play the instrument. It is a typicalrepresentation of the real happenings.

Womentend to be ignored when it comes to art. As portrayed by “A Woman’sTouch” film, many women artists propelled this field to greaterheights but are rarely recognized. The film rightly traces some ofthe artists and their works. The museum offers an astounding reviewof women artists demonstrating each significant artistic era, fromthe16th-century to the 20th-century postmodern art. Women played animportant role in art, yet they are rarely recognized. However, thefilm evidently shows female artistes improved this field.

JoanMiro’s works are based on automatism. As portrayed in the film, thedrawings are random with abstract elements that are combined withmotifs such as the moon, eyes, and birds. Tracing back his works, thefilm shows Miro utilized form and color in a symbolic rather thanliteral manner. The tapestry as depicted in the movie is the mostfamous work of art done by Miro. Sometimes understanding a work ofart is quite complex. However, most of Miro’s works can be easilycomprehended. It is quite evident that current artists utilize someof his works.

Workof art is also expressed through photography. Henry Cartier-Bressonis the founder of candid photography. Regarded as the father ofcontemporary photography, he adopted the 35mm format. The filmtypically shows how Henry used the available tools to revolutionizephotography. Henry suggests that photography is a matter of chance.Sometimes a photographer does not have a clear view. For instance,relationships between things, it is always a matter of chance.Photography needs one to be always on the lookout just like Henry.

DianeArbus explored the fringes of society. She utilized photography toexpress her ideas and only explanations of the same would help otherscomprehend the same. They were mysterious, unimaginable, and decisiveexcept to her. Photography requires one to fuse what the photographerand the camera want. In most cases, blending the two proves to becomplex to artists. Diane managed to blend both aspects effectivelymaking her famous. Teacher Lisette Model, Marvin Israel, JohnSzarkowski, and Doon portray Diane as a unique character who had thepropensity to visualize something the others could not.

Inthe film Ape to Man, the key query is where humans came from. Manytheories have been developed to substantiate the same. Their accuracyis rather feeble. This documentary tries to help the audience to whysome theories are incorrect. During the 19th century, scientists cameup with theories about evolution that sought to investigate theorigin of humanity. In this documentary, the audience can see howmechanisms were deployed to trace and substantiate the origin ofhumankind. Experiments from the Leakey’s, Raymond Dart, and CharlesDawson are covered to assist the viewer accordingly. As a matter offact, tracing back the origin of humanity proves to be a hecticencounter since most of the findings are not accurate. However, asportrayed in this film, historical framework is provided and is openfor discussion [ CITATION Ray59 l 1033 ].

WorksCited

Dart, Raymond. Adventures with the missing link. Harper and Brothers, 1959.

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