Mary Cassats: The Head Of A Rain God

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The Head of a Rain god was a sculpture made from stone and the medium was fossiliferous limestone. The sculpture stood 13 ¾ high and 11 7/8 inches wide. In the 10th and 11th century, central Mexico the Aztec’s called their rain god Tlaloc. Tlaloc was important and praised but also feared due to his ability of sending rain, hurricanes, destroying crops, and causing a drought. The lines of the sculpture around the eyes seems like he is wearing some kind of mask. It emphasizes on how big and bold the eyes are, which drives all of your attention of detail to them. The head of the god was found in a temple around broken stone. It is perceived that the head was once connected to the body to form the god. The broken nose looks to be the biggest damage from the head. Tlaloc was considered to be a…show more content…
The painting is 36(3/8) x 25 ¾ inches and it expresses a popular everyday event for upper-middle-class women. She used her sister as a model and painted her while drinking a cup of tea. Cassatt used quick brush lines throughout the painting. The quick brush lines make it less detailed and less like a shape. Being able to see the brush lines changes the emotion or mood from the picture. Cassatt used a bright colored palette and focused on contrasting complementary colors. The colors used and how they mix so well is, why this picture is so pleasant to look at. The way her hat was colored to match the plants in the back and the background itself is a great example of how well these colors worked together. The variety of colors used and how makes it easy to keep your attention and not get tired of looking. Seeing the chair and not just painted black but other colors like pink also. The balance of the colors is what set the painting apart. Not one color takes away attention from the others and seeing them mix with each other gives this painting a great balance of colors and

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