AI Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei

By Ai Weiwei

Born in Beijing in 1957, Ai Weiwei is likely one of the such a lot influential artists at paintings this day and has exhibited extensively in Asia, Europe and North the US. he's the 1st artist dwelling and dealing within the Asia-Pacific sector to be commissioned as a part of the Unilever sequence to create an paintings for the giant Turbine corridor at Tate glossy. Ai Weiwei has stated Liberty is set the correct to query every little thing. His works in a variety of media are characterised through social and political engagement and a continually enquiring brain. no matter if as an artist, curator, critic, fashion designer or architect, he has performed a key half in modern chinese language paintings and tradition of the prior twenty years, now not least via his collaboration with architects Herzog & de Meuron in designing the 'Bird's Nest' stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. released to accompany Ai Weiwei's first significant large-scale fee in Britain, this e-book will supply very important insights into the artistic methods of 1 of the main fascinating and dynamic modern artists.

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15 An overview of the great range and variety of works David created in Brussels reveals the intensity of the artist's mind and imagination as well as his great technical and stylistic experimentation and mastery. In spite of bouts with several serious illnesses, culminating in fatal heart failure on December 29, 1825, David worked feverishly and constantly. He executed drawings, apparently on an almost daily basis [FIGURES 21, 22, 23, 41, 42, 44], works that he considered independent compositions, many of which were destined to be given to friends; he invented a very unusual genre scene [FIGURE 24], thereby embracing a category of painting he had previously virtually eschewed; he painted many portraits, most of which are life-size and constitute great masterpieces [FIGURES 25, 26]; he produced a monumental repetition of The Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine, which offers significant variations from the original, and he created four monumental mythological paintings [FIGURES i, 2, 5, 6], which, we know from his letters, notes, and comments to family and friends, he considered to be among his greatest masterpieces, and which were intended to embody and express his final artistic ideas.

The costumes are vaguely classical looking, but we are given no specific clues as to time and place. As in most of David's drawings, there is no setting, no background, that would help provide a narrative. In the drawing dated 1821, we again see three figures, in a like format, but we witness here what appears to be a queen, wearing a sharply spiked crown, probably emblematic of her thorny personality, contemptuously yelling at an older woman who bows her head in sorrow and humiliation, while a third figure, unhappy witness to this conflict, looks askance at the sharp-tongued queen.

In other drawings he represents what appear to be familial relationships, presented, again, in the half-figure format of the portrait, with individualized figures located in the immediate foreground space for greater psychological impact. Two such drawings [FIGURES 22, 23], which appear related in theme, were presented in 1825, as part of a gift of four drawings, to Charles van Hutten, the president of the Societe royale des beaux-arts et de litterature of Ghent. In one, dated 1817, an older woman in the center foreground inclines her head slightly and seems absorbed in thoughts that may have to do with the young girl to her right, perhaps her daughter, who pensively inclines her head toward her mother.

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