Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Secret Garden - Art

In Secret Garden, a landscape featuring the simple figures of a group of flowers is powerful. The monochromatic red color scheme of this piece is intriguing. Red flowers are commonly found and not difficult to imagine, but everything in this painting is red, including the ground and sky. The expansiveness of this red color creates a sense of danger and excitement. Red is a color often associated with warnings, and the nature of this secret garden seems yet uncertain – is it a peaceful refuge or a dangerous place?

The way that the sky is depicted in this piece is also quite interesting. With a great streak of color, the sky appears to be swooping down across the tops of the flowers. The sky appears to protect the flowers, yet the extreme movement of the sky is also somewhat threatening in nature. Hidden danger seems to lurk in this garden, and the sky is a forbidding reference to this unseen threat.

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