Literature, Visual Art, and Music Appreciation

Literature, Visual Art, and Music Appreciation

Category: Visual Art

Appreciating Paintings in the Prevalence of Photography

Appreciating Paintings in the Prevalence of Photography

Paintings have much to tell us about the world, as evidenced by Vincent van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night,’ Pablo Picasso’s ‘Guernica,’ and Edward Hopper’s ‘Office in a Small City’ and ‘New York Movie.’

In Praise of a Small Costume Detail: The Wedding Ring in Films

In Praise of a Small Costume Detail: The Wedding Ring in Films

‘Spotlight,’ ‘In the Mood for Love,’ and ‘Arrival’ feature characters wearing wedding rings, and this detail helps make the films more moving.

The Importance of Scale in Art about War

The Importance of Scale in Art about War

As observed in ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Guernica,’ big art about war immerses us in a world of chaos and elicits a response.

‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ on the Power of Animation as a Medium

‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ on the Power of Animation as a Medium

The art of ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’ brings out the spirit of its protagonist and the setting for a more meaningful and pleasurable viewing experience.

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin’s Still Lifes on Beauty in Ordinary Things

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin’s Still Lifes on Beauty in Ordinary Things

There are traces of human life in Chardin’s work which we can derive beauty from, and he asserts the beauty in simplicity and in fulfilling one’s purpose.

Six Works in ‘Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji’ on Nature and the Place of Man

Six Works in ‘Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji’ on Nature and the Place of Man

In ‘Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji,’ nature and man are their own forces that conflict and nourish one another.

‘Her’ on Love

‘Her’ on Love

The film ‘Her’ hazards that love is real to someone only when it is expressed in ways he understands.