Art is as much about emotions, as it is about color!
This is perhaps the most profound aspect of a painting; the emotions that an artist is able to express through his work. Many artists and great masters have knowingly or inadvertently, always put on a canvas, emotions that they feel at a point in time. These have varied from extreme sadness to incredible happiness. They have created such works out of either self-reflection, to express themselves, to voice something that they cannot quite say, or to evoke an emotion in others.
Just like music or singing, painting is about self-expression, and understanding it requires taking a look at the work of some masters. We have compiled a few paintings below for you to take a look at. See them, understand them and feel the emotions that they evoke. Perform this exercise by yourself first, and finally scroll right down at the bottom to understand what the artists have themselves have tried to express through them.
THE DREAM, by Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist was debilitated for a major part of her life. She imagined what pain would be, how death would look like. This painting that was done during a particularly dark phase, depicts her preoccupation with this aspect, and a papier-mâché skeleton (Juda) that constantly perched on the canopy of her bed was used to embellish it.
CREOLE DANCER, by Henri Matisse
Henri Matisse’s painting was a paper cutout done by the artist during his latter years, and was set off after a life-saving operation gave him a new lease of life. He couldn’t paint anymore though because of this, and therefore used paper cutouts to create vibrant art works that gave him a sense of life and its vibrancy.
MOTHER AND CHILD, by Jamini Roy
A modernistic Indian painter, Jamini Roy was inspired by daily village scenes of India. He painted women engaged in their daily chores, giving an importance to the mundane everyday things of life. Many of his artworks depict a mother and her child and his art carried folksy undertones, showing us the simplicity of his roots.
HEAD, by Akbar Padamsee
Indian artist Akbar Padamsee worked on paintings that evoked a sense of vulnerability and anguish. He portrayed loneliness, but not necessarily pain. A loner himself, the people he portrayed in his paintings were all alone, but happy in their loneliness.
HAYSTACKS (SUNSET), by Claude Monet
Haystacks, were a series of impressionist paintings, where Monet tried depicting how a simple object can change its look and tone depending on how and where it was seen. He was the earliest artist to show perspective and the way everyday objects changed based on how they were viewed.
As seen in the above paintings, artists didnt paint because they only liked to do so. They did it because something in them urged them to express themselves. You can do this too, PICK UP THE BRUSH AND PAINT. One doesnt need to be an artist to do that!