There is some European art from certain areas, certain times, and certain regions that I absolutely love. And then there is some that I really, really hate. So I am very divided on this gallery. I adore work from German artists post-WWI; I love Dada; I love Dali; I am not a fan of Picasso; and I am very divided on Matisse and impressionists.
This piece by Paul Klee for example, I love. It is generally rather simple. The line quality and mark is not particularly revolutionary or unique, but it is still pleasant to look at. Since it is just a drawing, it feels unfinished but there is something I like about that. The composition is simple and unimpressive, but I do not mind that either, being as it is just a sketch. I love the expression on the figure though. It is maniacal and strange and almost cartoon-like and there is something really satisfying about that. It is ugly and crude but in almost an inviting way. I think the expression and the face show a lot of abandon. The artist is not trying to make any big statement here, it is just an experiment and therefore, nothing is overdone, but it still has a hostile energy which I am attracted to.
This piece by André Lhote, I do not like so much. I am not a big landscape person, I find them to be boring sometimes and I also have never been too inspired by cubism. Yes, this piece is aesthetically pleasing, yes the composition is relatively dynamic and the mark is painterly. However, I am underwhelmed. I do connect to the color scheme, it feels too light and hazy. I feel as if there is no focal point. Your eye searches the painting, unaware of where to look, but nothing is satisfying or exciting or unique enough for you to keep looking. You cannot place yourself in the scene because the objects are too poorly defined, but the scenery is not inviting or intriguing enough to make you want to go there. I want the painting to be more abrupt or sharp or dense, to create a contrast that is exciting.
I love Dali because he absolutely insane, but he always has something to say. I am always interested in what he has to say and even though I don't always understand his pieces, I do not feel bad about it. It is not like you are missing some big statement that everyone else can understand when you examine his work. You don't lose anything by missing a meaning which is a really remarkable quality of Dali's work. This composition is really strange but nice. It is horribly unbalanced and awkwardly divided almost centrally. The contrast between the figure and the vertical stone has a tension that creates a narrative or could lead to conflict. The clouds are beautiful but strange in that to the left, there is a sharp dividing line between gray and white, between a stratified shape and a classic, fluffy cloud shape. The figure looks human, but is posed and treated as if it were a statue. It is also mounted on a pedestal, but upon closer examination, it is floating above it. Dali's work is always highly saturated with details to be discovered and messages hidden in images. This is what makes his work so impactful and exciting