Artwork analysis

Matías Ripoll



  1. Look for a definition of “Art” written by a well-known artist, writer, philosopher, thinker or musician, of any time. Write it down and specify the author.
  2. Observe the artwork of different media, form contemporary artists, presented in class. You can see it again by checking the blog:
    a)Choose the artwork that you think matches the art definition in question 1. Justify. b)Choose the artwork that you liked best.  
  3. Answer the following questions regarding the artwork chosen in question 2b.
    a)What is it made of? Specify media (if it is a painting, sculpture, performance, installation, illustration, etc.) and technique.
    b)What is represented? Describe the figures, images, what do they look like? Are they realistic, hyper-realistic, figurative or abstract?
    c)How is it represented?
    i. Composition: describe the organization of elements in the image (Where are they and how much space are they occupying).
    ii. Colour palette: describe the group of colours used, not naming each one separately but what identifies them as a group (cool, warm, light, dark, pastels, bright, saturated, de-saturated, complementary, contrast or no contrast, monochromatic, achromatic and/or polychromatic).
    d) How do you look at it? Describe where you look first and how your gaze moves around the piece, and explain why.
    e) How does it make you feel? Why? Describe your feelings, explain which visual resources you believe are triggering those feelings and why.
    f) What do you think is the meaning or message of the artwork? Explain with your own words what you believe the artwork is expressing, what topic it is referring to and the message or comment behind it. 
  4. Associate the analyzed piece of art in question 3 with a song. How are they related? What elements in the song can be considered similar to the visual art piece? Explain. 
  5. Together with all your classmates make a playlist in spotify with all the chosen songs. 
  1. ¨Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time¨- Thomas Merton, the American religious writer.
  2. a)

I think that this drawing is a clear representation of the definition I looked. The artwork shows an abstract figure which could really mean something to the author, such us what he is, what he likes to do or if it represents something to him, which makes reference to the first part of the quote ¨art enables us to find ourselves¨. However, as it´s also very creative and abstract we can also see ow the author ¨loses himself¨, going beyond the limits of concrete figures and loosening himself and his feelings. 

b)This is the drawing I liked the most:



  1.   This artwork was done using painting by Cinta Vidal, a Spanish painter, who was born in 1982 and started painting at the age of sixteen. It’s an illustrated painting, as most of her works, mainly caused by the fact that Vidal studied in the school ¨escuela Massana de Barcelona¨ an illustration training course, which helped her to develop this type of painting.
  2. In this drawing, a white house can be seen, which contains several blue and green entrances, windows and balconies. Moreover, the painting shows a person in a balcony of the house.  As this are all real structures, we can say that the painting has a realistic side. However, we can see that the house has no ground and base, as every front and end is filled with a balcony, window or entrance, and it has no straight base which could be attached to the ground. This also shows something that’s not real, so we can´t state whether it’s real or not, showing that the painting it´s hyper-realistic. 
  3. i. If we refer to the composition of the painting, it has several elements. we can see behind the house a light brown background which shows different shades and tones of colours. In the middle of the painting we can see a house, containing several elements belonging to it, such as windows, balconies, doors, roofs. in addition, the drawing of the background and it´s colour and shades are similar to a floor made of wood, which can be understood and interpreted as the floor of the house. The connection between the background and the house, together with the different parts of the house, gives us an unified image.                                                                                   ii. The group of colour used is bright and light, showing a clear and vivid image of the house. Moreover, the colours are saturated as the painting shows colour and a vivid image rather than a dark side. Finally, as several colours are used to create this bright and light image it’s a polychromatic painting. 
  4. From my perspective and experience of analysing the painting, I do believe that the first thing which is seen is the house as a whole, the center of the house. Later on, you start getting into details, such as the windows, the roof, the plants hanging at the sides of the house, the balconies and even the person standing in this balcony. Finally, once the details of the house have been detected, you reach the outer parts of the painting, the light-brown background. 
  5. In my opinion, this painting transmits feelings of tranquility and calmness. It makes you feel secure, safe and cool. I do think that this is mainly caused by the light colours, which transmit coolness as they are soft. In addition, the image of the house also contributes to this idea of calmness and tranquility as our home is the place where we feel safe and secure, while being with the people we love, our family. 
  6. I think that the message and meaning of the artwork is the idea of how our home is the place which provides us with tranquility and calmness. Everyday we run from one place to another, rushing and always nervous but always when we arrive home we feel this calmness and safeness of being at our own place with ur family, which is  shown in the painting. It’s shown in the whole idea of the house, the bright and light colours of the house and the tranquility of the person standing in the balcony, which seems thoughtful and reflective. 

4) The song that I’ve chosen to relate to the analysed picture of question 3 is ¨Home¨ by Phillip Phillips. In this song, the voice and singer talks to another person, transmitting calmness and tranquility by saying phrases like ¨just know you are not alone¨, ¨I´m going to make this place your home¨ and ¨don’t pay no mind to the demons they fill you with fear¨. These three quotes try to make the other person feel safe and secure, which can be clearly related to the painting of Vidal, which uses light colours and an image of a home(safeness) to transmit this feeling of being calm. Finally, the rhythm and voice used to sing chosen by the author also it´s of joy and brightness, rather than of disappointment or fear. 



Is it art?

Some classes ago, after reading about Marcel Duchamp´s story, a discussion about if his urinal was art or not started. He claimed it was and gave several arguments supporting his positions is Duchamp´s urinal and readymade ART?


From my perspective and point of view, Marcel Duchamp´s readymade and urinal IS ART. An artwork needs to have a true message and sense for the author and person who created it, not to the rest one. Duchamp claimed it really ahd a true meaning for him, showing that he is doing it for a reason, other than money or fame. Moreover, art is based on creativity, new ideas and innovation, and what he did, not only had a message, but was innovative, unique and special. That is art. Something to become doesn´t need the approval from the resto of the people who have no idea about what made the artist to do it. Something tbecomes art as long as the artist considers it, according to what that piece of art means to him or her, and what made him create it. As Duchamp developed and claimed, the ¨readymade¨ was an invention, and unique and new ideas are pieces of art. Artworks also tend to transmit messages to people and the audience, as well as Duchamp´s urinal, which had a message and also an audience to transmit the message to. Finally, and to end, the urinal was something useless, an everyday object which Duchamp managed to turn and change into something new. Its innovative and unique and is still remembered with the passing of years, showing it is an artwork.

Creative process – Art

This are the artworks from which I inspired of to make my drawing.


The author is Cinta Vidal, who made both in 2018. The technique she uses in her works makes us see the world and place we live, combining everyday spaces and objects, often natural and inner dimensions. In many works, she uses natural structures to show tranquility and calmness. Finally, Vidal often does her works in a way that it can be seen straight or if we turn it around.

Firstly, I chose this drawing for it’s attractiveness. The first time I looked at it, I was fascinated for the way in which she connected every single part lf the drawing and how this one could be seen from different perspectives and sides. I also liked the fact that she included nature all along the painting, trying to transmit tranquility and calmness as it is shown by the people in it. Moreover, the fact that she included a dark background to emphasize the importance of nature, shown with lighter colors. Finally, from the second drawing I really liked the way she used perspective and bright and dark colors in the middle structure to show where light was coming from. I tried to do something similar to Vidal. First, I took what she did in the second drawing and drew a common base, using bright and dark colors to show where was light coming from. Then, I drew natural objects that would highlight and standout with the dark background, as Vidal did. Moreover, I did these trees, cactus and bushes from both sides of the base structure, in order for the drawing to be seen from both sides. Finally, I painted the natural structures with green and brown colors. I think I managed to apply her techniques, making the drawing to be seen from both sides and highlighting the importance of nature. I also managed to show the perspective of light. However, I think that I could have made the natural structures like the tree or the cactus better.

This is my drawing