Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tornado - Art
Tornado is a dark, forbidding painting that evokes emotions of fear and impending danger. The tornado shown in this piece is extremely large, filling the painting itself, and this windstorm has a powerful presence. The landscape of the painting is primarily dark, giving this piece a sense of foreboding and danger. The darkness of the depiction also reflects the destructive nature of a tornado, its capacity to devastate and to destroy what we value most.
The destructive power of the tornado is also reflected in the reddish streak that runs through the cyclone cloud. This red color represents heat and energy of the tornado, the roiling, barreling energy of the violent wind, portrayed as though it is poised to carry the viewer away, the cyclone’s menacing train-whistle sound almost audible in the air. Tornados have been a frightening part of mankind’s existence for many centuries, and Tornado is a fearless study of this dangerous and fascinating natural phenomenon.
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