Case Study #2 - Martha T.

Week 3 Case Study #2

Analysis of Rousseau’s The Dream in terms of the Stage Play Analogy

Everything in this painting supports the theme of The Dream, in my opinion, from the mysterious dark Crowd Scene forest in the upper half of the picture world, to the dense vegetation,to the Where’s Waldo aspect of discovery of animals peeking out and the strange snake charmer with the flute who’s face is barely visible.  (I read that it’s a snake charmer..would not have guessed this as the snake is hard to identify below and to right of larger lion’s head.)

Nudes don’t typically recline on benches in a dense forest or garden, but if the dreamer is the nude, then she is envisioning lushness everywhere, from the larger-than-life flowers to fruit on the trees, a songbird, and danger in the lurking lions and snake. These colorful objects would be the Individual Background Roles, which are visually subdued compared to the nude figure.

But is the Leading Lady, the nude, having the dream, or is theartist, Rousseau, the dreamer?  More mystery to ponder.

The nude contrasts to the rest of the picture world in that she is the largest object, with continuous flowing lines against the detail and spikiness of the foliage.  She’s the lightest object, especially the breasts, which focus our attention.  The bright moon in the opposite corner makes an interesting balance point to the nude.

The flowers, disproportionately large, flattened and differently shaded, would be Supporting Cast, in that they surround her and are the brightest of the vegetation.  They strike me as stylistically different from the rest of the painting.

Week 3 Exercise 2

STUDIES DEMONSTRATING STRATEGIES TO CREATE A FOCAL POINT

ANALYSIS OF FOCAL POINT FOR HOPPER'S PEOPLE IN THE SUN