Jeune Orpheline Au Cimetiere

(updated 18.01.2012 with HD picture)

(I would say it is better than the on I had before, right)

For those with knowledge in the history of art it may be obvious that this work has a direct reference to a work by the French painter Eugene Delacroix (who is famous for his painting of 'Liberty leading the people'). The idea behind my piece of art is the combination of four different 20th century styles of art to create a new piece of work by using a 19th century painting as a point of reference. My chosen painting was the "Jeune orpheline au cimetière" by Delacroix, which is currently located at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. According to reliable sources, it was painted in 1824 and its size is 65,5 × 54,3 cm, which is about the same size as my work.

You do not need to have a huge amount of knowledge in art to be able to see the clear disctinction between my four chosen zones. However, one without knowledge in 20th styles might not easily distinguish what styles I have chosen for the work. Rotating clockwise starting from the yellow part at the top left: Pop-Art, Cubism, Surrealism/Fauvism, and finally, Hyper-realism.

No need to emphasize that there is idea behind the work. However, when I showed this to my father, he said he didn't like it. I asked him why and he replied that it was due to the fact that it lacks uniformity: it seems to be divided into four styles which have no real aesthetic correlation. This was of course the aim of the work, hence I had to smile.

Furthermore Delacroix might be known nowadays, because Coldplay decided that one of their albums should use one of his paintings. Viva La Vida by Coldplay uses one of his famous paintings by adding a white painted text on it. Very clever... the music is good though.