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Art Flashcards Art and imperial power

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  • Interrelationship between Europeans and Africans and the impact of the relationship on artistic production. (15 th -16 th centuries) Portugals early role in the slave trade set the stage for greater powers like Great Britain and Holland who would take over as the dominant force in the 17 th century The scramble for Africa A period of intense and aggressive colonization of African states by European powers began in the 1880s
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  • Decolonization and Post Colonial Art Imperial Control in Africa began to Decay in the 1950s The most lucrative market for contemporary art was Europe This period was especially challenging for African artists; most Europeans expected African art to be primitive, tribal and uninfluenced by western ways. Materials acquired by Europe in earlier days had ceased creating a change in media for some. Artists responded to the situation in a variety of ways.. Some abandoned reference to traditional ways and materials indigenous to the land. Some adapted their forms as they incorporated newly available materials.
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  • 16th century ivory 'saltcellar Can be seen as a sort of Tourist Art collected by Portuguese travelers to bring back to the wealthy Clients who financed their voyages. Hybrid between cultures because.. Ivory carvers from Africa used imagery from Both Africa and Europe to make these more Enticing to the European market. A status piece displayed in homes of the wealthy to show wealth and power of the family. Dogs and snakes are represented in high relief, both are considered to have strong connections to the spiritual world in African Culture.
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  • Sapi-Portuguese Refers to The African region of Sapi As it was discovered by and Influenced by the early Portoguese Slave traders.
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  • The Portuguese found skilled artists Working in the Benin Kingdom along The western coast of Africa. Portuguese people referred to the Kingdom As the Beny Kingdom. Copper and Brass were important to the People of Benin and most of the artwork From the region was made of cast metal. In 1897 the British attacked Benin and Conquered the very powerful region. Benin had taken over many neighboring Regions prior to the British takeover.
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  • After the British takeover many of the Art pieces were sold to British Museums Many of the works of art were created For use in rituals and for display on Alters. This plaque is a depiction of important Benin leaders and fighters. The scale and relief of each figure conveys a message of rank. The largest figure being most important. The very ornate regalia is also a sign of wealth and power. It is still argued that some of these pieces should be returned to the native land from British Museums.
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  • Newark Museum Location: Coastal Area of Ghana The Fante region Each group in the Fante region has its own organized military. Flags were used to specify between groups. Flags were used to intimidate neighboring enemy groups. This Flag, significant for its HiStory It is a good example of the interaction between British and West African cultural groups. As sa- WAR Fo People Highly organized Military Groups in the region.
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  • Batik in Africa
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  • The Yoroba People put great importance on dress to convey wealth and power. The people of Yoruba would trade slaves to European countries for Beads and other luxury items to adorn the most powerful in the region. Imagery conveyed important leaders in the region.
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  • Under French Rule prior to British Colonization. Guro People not ruled by Kings, instead Overseen by a group of elders. Not an aggressive group of people, mostly focused on agricultural production. Masks created for spiritual rituals and Performances for entertainment.. Most masks are carved from wood and Painted. Hybrid Because- The lower portion is traditional in construction and imagery. The upper portion uses materials acquired during European trade. The upper portion also depicts contemporary imagery only seen post colonization by means of imported Chromolithographs. Mid 20 th Century Face Mask Guro People
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  • Fading Cloth 2005 Created by El Anatsui Ghanaian Artist His Message- WHAT IT MEANT TO BE AFRICAN In a post colonial Society Began to emerge as a major artist In the 1970s Made of Flattened Bottle caps and Scraps of metal Meant to be hung with folds to Accentuate texture and luminosity. Traditional Weaving techniques Juxtaposed with modern materials Found in West Africa Post colonial error
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  • A look at Commodities and Trade in China India and North American Colonies in relation to the height of the British Empire. One constant here is that all Artists are trying to meet the needs of European Patrons. Britain was focusing on trade and acquiring necessities such as teas and spices and other luxury goods, including works of art.
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  • Southern China 18 th Century Hybrid because. A combination of Chinese Expertise (The use of Porcelain) with European design and Imagery. Viewed as being exotic yet still demanded some familiar European imagery. One of a set of fifty plates Created for Leake Okeover and his wife Mary Nichol. Aristocrats from England Design is a family code of arms.
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  • Common Indian Nightjar India 18 th Century Company Painting (Kampani) A group of artists painting imagery that Reflects a typical sight in India, yet painted In a style that Europeans were looking for. Eiteenth and Ninteenth Century equivelent To tourist art A collection of Knowledge and carful recorded observation Possession of a painting of particular place is ones way of asserting control over that Place as in the colonization of a country.
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  • Paul Revere By John Singleton Coplay, 1768 Highly respected portrait painter North America Painted PRIOR to his famous Midnight ride. The painting was created to celebrate Reveres talent And work as a metal smith artist. Here he holds a teapot (central Motif) The imagery is significant in that It refers to the tea trade and the wearisome relationship between Britain and the colonies. Possible political undertones
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  • A tool used to assert Colonial Power. A combination or Fusion of Gothic, Classical and traditional styles indigenous and imported materials were evident in many of the buildings that were erected around the globe during the British Empire.
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  • Main Railway station in Mumbai, named to celebrate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Completed in 1888. Combination of European and Traditional Indian Architecture. Statue at top or the crown is a symbol of Progress, to represent colonial rule. The entrance is flanked by symbols of European and Indian Power. Mumbai India, Formerly Bombay British Architect Frederick William Stevens, 1887 d
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  • Royal Exhibition building Joseph Reed, 1880 Melbourne, Australia
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  • This building was constructed to celebrate the Melbourne International Exhibition and was also used for the centennial Exhibition, which celebrated 100 years of European settlement in Australia. A combination of Gothic and Classical church architecture. The building and the Exhibits held there were intended to highlight European ideas about progress.
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  • One of the tallest wooden churches in the world A successful hybrid between traditional European style done in a manner that is appropriate to its new Caribbean setting. Anglican Church designed by celebrated British Architect illustrates the importance of the Anglican Church in Colonial rule.
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  • A close look at 6 artists whose works were influenced by or a reaction to Imperial rule, colonization or decolonization. History painting is most popular Genre in Europe. The Noble Savage A romantic idea or vision of what the native peoples were like in the exotic colonized lands.
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  • A history painting depicting William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. Depicts a legendary meeting between William Penn and the Lenape Indians. A treaty to pay the Indians fabrics and goods for their land. Painted 100 years after the event took place Thomas Penn, son of William Penn commissioned the painting to help his reputation which was oppressive and abusive towards Native Americans. Penn Treaty with the Indians, Benjamin West 1771-72
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  • The painting suggests a harmonious relationship between The people of Tahiti and The British. There is no interaction between the people themselves but the Composition suggests a calm and peaceful scene. The native boats and people are in the foreground of the painting creating A linear perspective, leading the Viewers eye to the British boats Calmly nestled in the background. (V formation framing the British Boats. An atmospheric perspective is used To create a crispness in the foreground Contrasting the slightly out of focus Background in the mountains. The landscape was partially invented Manipulated by the artist to create An exotic feel. The volcanic mountains Of Tahiti could not be seen from any Coastline in reality. The painting is Romantic and idealized to portray a colonization as in a positive light. Reference to Madonna and Childa Classical reference in European artistic training, Can be seen with the woman and her baby in the foreground. The woman is shirtless Depicting an exotic and Native style on the old classic.(hybrid)
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  • A critical View of European Domination, not idealized or romanticized as weve seen in the paintings by West and Hodges. His Impressionist style can be compared to Claude Monet. But when one gets a closer look you can see the desperate hands breaking the water. Used to cause controversy and influence the public to join abolitionists in stopping the Transatlantic slave trade and abusive chattel slave trading. Slave Ship Turner, 1840
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  • Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the six marks James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1864 Focus of the painting is on Chinese imports created exclusively for European market. Whistler was a collector of Chinese Wares. The ones seen here are of his private collection. North American Born traditionally schooled in Europe. Not a fan of history Painting Whistler was more of an impressionist. Creating mood with light and color.
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  • Lady Receiving Visitors The Reception John Frederick Lewis, 1873
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  • Lewis, known for highly detailed paintings providing a glimpse of distant lands. Invisible brushstrokes Member of the royal academy Primary medium was Watercolor and oils Lived in Cairo All attention focused on the lady of the house Attention to detail about the relationship between the lady of the house and her many servants. Gazelle was a popular animal in Egypt representing female beauty Lady Receiving Visitors Lewis, 1873
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  • The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters Yinka Shonibar, 2008 Large ScalePhotograph fashioned after Goyas Etching from 1799 Almost an exact replica with emphasis On the clothing. The clothes are influenced by popular Dutch Wax cloth prints created by England specifically marketed for Africa. 1799 meets 2008 with political Commentary and criticism. The text on the desk is in French Translation: Do the dreams of reason produce monsters Suggesting that the imposition of the Enlightenment ideals during colonization may in fact create a few demons--such as dictators "democratically" voted into power.
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  • Goyas, 1799 The sleep of Reason Produces Monsters Etching The artist's critique of his period's political and social vices.
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  • Another example of Shonibars work.focus is on the Dutch Wax Cloth