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Sculptures

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Eduardo D Villasenor
Humanities 201
9/25/14
The sculpture that I viewed is called Man of Sorrows and it was sculptured in 1950 in America by Marion Perkins, an American artist that lived from 1908 to 1961. I viewed the sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago on gallery 264. The man of sorrows is a concrete piece of work; it is the sculpture of a face and does not show any sign of an abstract piece of work because there are no geometrical figures involved. This piece of artwork is complex because of the great detail in the face of the sculpture. The man of sorrow shows great detail on emotion; his ears are well shaped and his face expression is from a sad man with his eyes partially closed and looking down at the floor. In addition his mouth was shaped small and closed with a slight line in the middle as if he wanted to say the reason for his sorrow but he does not really want to say anything and rather stay silent. The sculpture is individualized because it is just one single face and the detail is and sizes of the features are unique. This sculptures is naturalistic because it would be the same face that an actual human being would make in times of sorrow. The hair, the ear, the beard, the nose and the eyes can all be compared to a humans’ and be found to be very similar. Also, the man of sorrow is realistic because it was sculptured with defect just as a normal human being would be. The dimensions and the facial features are bigger than what a perfect human would be. The ears in the sculpture are rather big than normal and the nose as well. A real person is not perfect and this sculpture is not either. Moreover, the artist is appealing to the audiences’ emotion because the man of sorrow is sad and wants the audience to notice that he is having some kind of problem in his life that has him feeling as if life is not worth living. In fact, the sculpture seems to be static because the eyes on the sculpture are closed and his mouth is too. It makes me feel as if the man is about to open his eyes and speak but the sculpture itself is at rest. The man of sorrow sculpture is didactic because the artist seems to be trying to help its audience to reflect on something; something that might make a person feel or have this sorrowful face. Therefore, the artist obviously tried to create this piece in a serious manner since he put plenty of effort into making this sculpture to as pale and depressing as it is. Overall, the man of sorrow is a three-dimensional sculpture because of its naturalist view and it attracts the audience to want to see the other side of the face and view the rest of the details. First of all, the second sculpture is titled blood pool and it is the sculpture of what seems to be a person laying down on the floor covered with wounds. Comparing both sculptures, they are both concrete because both do not show geometrical figures. They are both complex and individualized because they show lots of details and their facial and body features are unique. Also, they are naturalistic and realistic because the people that are sculpture looked like real humans and are very similar to us humans. Both sculptures are emotional and static; they are static because they seem to be at rest and the artist tried to get to the audience’s emotion because both sculptures show great deal of sadness and grief. Blood pool and man of sorrows both are didactic, serious, and three dimensional sculptures in that the sculptures try to get to people’s feeling and there is nothing comic about people suffering with sadness and/or fear. Both are three-dimensional because you have to have an entire 360 degree view to really have the feel of the sculptures. In the other hand, a sculpture created by the Greeks is similar but different in that the work is idealized and it is understandable because the Greeks were trying to portray one of their God which they seemed as superior and far more perfect than any human. It is also dynamic because the god in the sculpture is about to throw something into the air. Lastly, it is also different because this piece of artwork was made to entertain others by noting that the Greeks were better than the Persians since it is said that this sculpture might have been made to commemorate their victory over the Persians. The sculpture communicates a great deal of sadness and sorrow. It makes me feel as if he is about to die or someone close to him because to me that could be one of the worse events. The sculpture also makes me feel depressed and sorry for him. Is as if I want to rush and help him but I know that I cannot do that because he is doomed to live his own life. He also expresses the need to speak up and talk to someone about his problems but he know that he cannot do that because no one might understand him. In other words, all this poor man wants to do is die and terminate his sadness so that he could stop being a man of sorrows.

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