Sunday, March 16, 2008

Jeune fille...







Which way's more cerebral, which more . . . visceral/bodily . . .? . . .

15 comments:

ANNA-LYS said...

Need some "clues" here :-/

ANNA-LYS said...

Happy Eastern <3

A.Decker said...

Anna, the difference in the second and third pics, facial expression and body language, the same, cropping...so little difference, so much difference.

<3

FANCY said...

OK...I have my eyeglasses on me and try to see maybe just a small difference...I cant. But, you did have me looking ;-)

mariazinha said...

maybe the one showing more body, the one showing her belly, is more visceral/bodily... a question of showing the core, maybe...

right?

A.Decker said...

Fancy, maybe I look too close, but that's what I do.

In the middle pic-the first cropping-the faces are further down in the picture frame, my eye goes there quicker and it feels more like a (playful) clash of personalities. In the bottom version, I just dropped the frame down a wee bit, to put their faces closer to the top-further from the center-and a little more of the bodies shows at the bottom. The result, to me, it draws my attention more to the physical struggle. The personality part is still there, of course, but I have more of a response to the bodily presence in the last one, more response to the personality feelings in the middle one.
In the whole version of this painting, the artist skillfully leads us through the bodily response and makes his focal point the 'clash';-p between the faces. How to achieve this 'leading' of the viewer is something visual artists study in every piece they see, so I guess it's a sort of "occupational hazard" :-) that I tend to break a painting up like that, to better see what it's made of.

And besides, I had grandkids all day prior to this post, which is kinda like in that picture. I may not be a pretty young girl, who hangs around half naked when the kids are here, but they do make me feel younger. :-p

So, I reckon that played a part in this one getting some more attention last evening. That, and I like Bougeureau's work so much, I didn't feel like there was enough of it in that last post. I wanted to spread it around some more.

Well, I didn't mean to ramble on like that. Coffee's kickin' in!lol

Thanks, Fancy. I hope this helps you see what I was up to here. (Fun with pictures: One of my favorite things to do!:-D)

<3

A.Decker said...

Maria, yes! You got it! That's enough to evoke awareness of the whole body, whereas in the first cropping the faces are more central, less lower body shows, I find my response stays more up in my head; the aesthetic changes.

As previously stated, fun with pictures: one of my favorite things to do!

H&K

A.Decker said...

Anna, are you sure "clues" is the word you were looking for? ;-p

ANNA-LYS said...

Ha ha ha

polona said...

it's quite amazing how a tiny difference changes the whole concept. almost the same and yet not the same.
thanks for having fun with the pictures :)

A.Decker said...

Polona, my pleasure, I assure you! I appreciate your comments.

Thank you!

Aggie said...

TV cameras and reporters do the same thing to make an 8 person event look like a riot.
When the shot is from far away, you see it is only a small crowd gathered ... but close up it looks like a war has errupted. Clever tricks.
I like the first one with all the detail in it ...

A.Decker said...

Aggie, that works well in the movies, eh?
I prefer the original version, too, but still find it interesting to goof around with 'em like this.

Thanks for coming by.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

That was a tough (and somewhat unfair to the men) question. If you want cerebral - this is no way to hold an arrow, at least not if you plan to stick it into (to) someone.

That will be my best effort. great picture, though.

A.Decker said...

Snoopy, ha! ha! Yeah, I know. In all honesty, I was a bit 'into my cups' and just sitting here staring.;-D Inadvertently realized the differencs I tried to point out.

A pleasant struggle though, no?