The Work of Cot and Renoir Essay

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The Work of Cot and Renoir

Quiz February 1999
Art 101- Internet

The nineteenth century produced a great number of art works from such artists as Pierre
August Cot and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Two major themes in these works include images
fabricated from the real world and mirror images of everyday situations in life. Cot
produced a pair of star struck lovers sharing a moment together in a hidden dugout
enclosed by trees and shrubs while Renior recreated a midsummer's day with a family
enjoying an outing downtown. Each of these painting possesses an iconography in which the
artist has contrived within his mind as the main theme to his work. This image is not
intended to influence the viewer's individual observation, but to embellish the work's
particular symbolism.

Cot was a wonderfully gifted painter who applied remarkable use of proportional status
when creating a two-dimensional painting. The only disadvantage about Cot is that his name
is not well known. When this occurs, an artist and his work lack the media voice it needs
to posses in order to advance among the inflections of those who do the observing.
Therefore personal information is difficult to come across. His work can be classified
under representational art. This form of art uses natural images that look very much like
images in the natural world. His portfolio of artwork has not received the noteworthy
recognition it so deserves.

The Storm, created in 1880, is his only painting to have received praise from the world of
art. To showcase another masterpiece completed by Cot, I chose to compare and contrast the
composition of Le Printemps . This was also created in the same era and was influenced by
images fabricated from the real world. The composition of this painting is quite complete;
it includes actual lines, organic shapes, and the illusion of light.

Le Printemps grants the subconscious mind to drift into a fantasy-like state and the
illusion of mortality merges with the illusion of realism. Cot

portrays the young couple on a swing as his major element. The entire picture is based
upon this element and with actual lines, the ropes of the swing and the immediate
surrounding environment are defined as background major elements.

Two large ropes are attached to a small wooden plank, containing the man and woman.
Indentations can be seen where the man is holding on and the illusion of movement is
understood. For the environmental elements, the large tree symbolizes the relationship it
has with the swing as well as the direction in which the couple is swaying.

When observing this picture, the thought of organic shapes will just not pop into your
head. Organic shapes are based on forms found in nature, which are usually rounded, curvy,
and irregular. For example, look below the area where the couple's feet lay. Underneath is
a small area, about a foot in length, which forms a cliff. At the bottom of this
proclaimed cliff is a delicate pond, surrounded by water lilies, various foliage, and a
dragonfly. Behind the couple is a trail leading to their secret hide-away, covered by
overgrown trees and shrubs.

At each glance, mostly all elements within this painting own actual light. This light
creates shadows and reflections to give solidity and depth and sometimes animation from
within. Towards the upper left of the picture, the sun's rays can be seen shining through
the trees and reflection takes place on part of the tree's leaves, the back of the man's
head, on the woman's face, and partially on their legs. Basically, everything that is
included within the eye of the path shows light and it's reflects.

Overall, this painting possess many features that are worthy of a good liberal arts
discussion. With the understanding of the elements characterized above, an intelligent
judgement can be formed to conclude whether or not Pierre August Cot's name should be
added to those "artists of high standing" such as Monet, Piccaso, Rembrandt, Seurat, or
van Gogh.

On the other hand, Renoir was more concerned with human form without including nature or
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