Share1 Shares 2K Art is often thematic—artists have explored common ideas in different mediums and from different perspectives all through the ages. In the Middle Ages, starting around the 14th century, art took a turn toward the dark when the plague known as the Black Death descended upon Europe like the apocalypse itself. This period was often filled with despair and hopelessness, and for the first time, several different themes revolving around death were developed or more heavily explored.
Search Sitemap How Artists Portray Death in Art Over the years we have looked at how artists have handled a number of subjects in their art, including: Today we're going to look at how artists have dealt with the subject of death in their art.
Artists in different cultures and different times in history have portrayed death in both symbolic and literal ways. Let's take a look at a few examples below. Share this page via: The story relates to the French Revolution, in which a radical journalist, Marat, is murdered in his bath by Charlotte Corday, who believed that his death would end the violence throughout the country.
What's interesting to note is that Marat was a friend of Jacques-Louis David, so his portrayal of this scene certainly must have included his own personal feelings about the event. While the painting is done in a realistic style, it has elements of being idealized, so that Marat's death is almost graceful.
His head is resting peacefully on the edge of the tub, and despite being stabbed in the chest, he is still holding a quill in his right hand with which he was writing a letter, which he still holds in his left hand.
This along with the dramatic lighting and overall calmness of the scene betrays the actually brutality of the stabbing. Jacques-Louis David isn't avoiding visual proof that a murder has taken place; the murder weapon, the knife, is seen at the bottom of the canvas to the left of Marat's hand.
But in placing it here, David is suggesting that the knife was used as a murder weapon and then dropped to the floor in the aftermath. Below we have two different paintings in which the person who has died is portrayed as resting on their deathbed.
At left we have By the Deathbed, painted by Edvard Munch in Here the focus is not so much on the person who has died, but rather on those who have come to grieve him.
Munch has injected some symbolism here, because while the first four mourners from the left are focused on the person who has died, the fifth mourner is facing the viewer of this painting directly. Note that her face is somewhat skeletal, she represents death, and by looking at the viewer, sends the message that one day, death will come for us as well.
Below at right we have Death of Casagemas, painted by Pablo Picasso in With this painting, Picasso is mourning the death of his close friend Casagemas, who has committed suicide.
Some have suggested that this event contributed to the melancholy that evolved into what was known as Picasso's "Blue Period," in which he painted most of his paintings in a predominantly blue hue.
At right we have Death and Life, painted by Gustav Klimt in In this painting, the allegorical figure of death is portrayed as a robed skeleton, holding a stick, approaching a family that is grouped together.
They are filled with life, and they portray the full range of life, from that of a young baby up to older children, to a mother, father, and even a grandmother.
In their grouping and position, they are turning away from death, and seemingly unconcerned by his stalking of them.
In this case, death is an allegorical bird with a human skeleton head, terrorizing a group of people by flapping its wings above their heads.
Looks like a perfect image for an anti-smoking campaign, don't you think? Some have interpreted this small girl as wearing a skull mask while standing next to a mask of a tiger.
Could it also be a situation where the girl has removed her fierce tiger mask to realize she's already dead, as evidenced by her skull face?20th Century Art. Art in the 20th Century In the first half of the 20th century, the world was in complete upheaval.
Between and , there were two global wars, and people everywhere saw the rise in Communism, Fascism, . Jul 27, · I need help with a report: Discuss the theme of death portrayed in 20th century art -- visual arts, music, and theater especially. I have a few paintings that I am analyzing but I need help with more visual arts like plays, broadway etc.
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Visualizing the major causes of death in the 20th Century. (On mobile? See the image on its own). Originally a 6m x 2m commission by the Wellcome Collection as a companion piece to the London exhibition: ‘Death: A Self-Portrait – .
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