Comparing Charles Seales' Filas for Sale and William Meritt Chase's The Nursery

Essay by tashyCollege, UndergraduateA, August 2004

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I am going to compare and contrast two art works which are Filàs for Sale by Charles Searles and The Nursery by William Merritt Chase. I will mainly focus on the elements of line, space, light and color and the design of these two art works.

The sun is the focal point of the painting. It used alternate colors of magenta and yellow for the sun radiates concentric circles. In the painting there are 5 black Africans, which located on the upper left, upper right, the edge of the right hand side and one in the lower left and the last one is at the mid-low of the painting. All of this Africans are projected outward from the central sun.

The artist has employed overlapping in the upper portion, the sun is overlapped by two Africans who at the upper half of the painting. Although the artist used some skills for the space, however, it still give me a feeling that it is a relatively flat as compare to The Nursery.

The color of this painting, the artist has chosen a wide range of hues and temperature. This makes the painting polychromatic. The color is expressed in arbitrary colors which has no realistic or natural relation to the objects that is depicted. For example the African's eyes are paint in red and yellow, the skin color is heavy dark block which is different from the real skin color. Also, some of the faces are partly yellow and partly blue. These arbitrary colors are also complementary color, which shows great contrast and tension.

By all the repetitions of colors, lines and figures. There are repetitions of colors, lines and figures. Although there are various colored textile patterns, each pattern has its own color scheme - yellow arcs against a set...