Art History: Coney Island

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Throughout art history, events that stain the fabric of history influence a plethora amount of masterpieces, whether they are tragic disasters, natural events, political movements, or any life-changing experiences. Art has the capability to prevent or provoke emotions, and make unexperienced scenes come to life. In our fortunate museum trip experience, we were able to appreciate an event we (the youth) would have never had the chance to physically undergo. In our situation, this was the Coney Island’s life decades ago. The museum’s exhibition itself was pleasantly set up; the environment was well adjusted for the paintings. There were many artworks that fascinated me, but there were some that caught my more than the rest. These three paintings…show more content…
This painting was done with gouache paint on paper. The monochromatic and realistic painting portrays the other side of Coney Island. He shows distressed individuals and gloomy cityscape. I would say that there is no color pallet in this painting, since the painter worked with shades of gray. There are seven figures that seem to not enjoy Coney Island like the rest the rest of the figures represented in other paintings. Kunstler did not want to represent the Coney amusement park as the happiest place, but he wanted to depict a message saying that even what one might consider the best place in the world has its defects. He uses linear perception in his architecture (buildings) and proportion scale to achieve the illusion of perspective. He is able to balance his painting in harmony by distributing the figures throughout the cityscape. Its composition was done flawless, he set the two main emotions (figures) in the foreground, to play with the viewers emotions (pathos). There is no certain focal point in this painting but the eyes always drew me to the old passed out guy (probably because it was the biggest figure). Coney Island was represented here differently than the prior

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