Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I think I have to limit it to one image per post, because I don't know how to move the images where I want them.

So here is a famous piece of artwork, Hokusai's wave from his Views of Mount Fuji series. Is there really a wave that looks like this? Is the wave out of proportion? Is the sea near Mount Fuji really this wild? What are those guys doing out in those boats during this kind of surf? Moreover, how does an artist use perspective and proportion? What's the difference between an artist's view of a wave and a scientist's view? This would be an interesting discussion to have in class. Hokosai's wave evokes emotional response to being at sea and having a wave come crashing down. Posts that follow show a variation on this theme...

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