Search for Free 150,000+ Essays

Find more results for this search now!

Need a Brand New Custom Essay Now?  click here

Art History The Landscapes Of Patrick Collins

The Landscapes Of Patrick Collins’, Art History

Patrick Collins' landscapes directly connect to his childhood, in that he often spent his early days venturing into the Irish countryside. Such adventures allowed his affinity for nature and keen observational sense to thrive. Throughout his painting career, Collins pulled many of his subjects from boyhood memory. Rather than relying directly on the land itself, he focused on his remembrances of the land, enabling each painting to stand independent, with an internal logic and unique meaning (Ruane, 59). Furthermore, such depictions of memory liken to poetry, as Collins' paintings delve deep into the world of imagination, evoking emotion of the past and present. Although this sense of mystical autonomy encompasses the whole of Collins' works his themes and techniques, however, vary over the course of his painting. Color, brushstroke, use of light, and composition mature from his first pieces to his last. Thus Collins demonstrates a progression of understanding not only in his artistic views, but also in the means which he presents these views in his artwork.

St. Anne's Park, Raheny (c. 1946) demonstrates Collins' early style in painting. The thick, layered application of paint shows his abstract detachment from the specific scene. The dark, brooding colors contrast with the highlights of light, adding further to the fairy tale aspect of the piece. Collins' thick, almost busy composition, however, is short-lived as he progresses to a less cluttered canvas. In Barking Dog (1955) a house, tree, and dog are the only subjects to occupy the piece. Empty space becomes apparent as swirling blues and grays fill up the void, pulling the work together. The dark boarder further contains the painting, while the short depth of field allows the illuminated inner rectangle to pop out from the surface, as it hovers under a mist of dry paint. Such a technique adds to the scene's intangible nature, thereby fulfilling Collins' objective. He states, "You don't believe in the thing you're painting, you believe in the thing behind what you're painting. You destroy your object, yet you keep it … You destroy to find another thing" (Ruane 23). Likewise, Spring Morning (1957) embodies the ethereal qualities of Collins' painting, as soft golds meld in a hazy atmosphere. Though abstracted, the natural aspects of the blustery season emanate from the gestural...

Sign In Now to Read Entire Essay

Not a Member?   Create Your FREE Account »

Comments / Reviews

read full essay >>

Already a Member?   Login Now >

This essay and THOUSANDS of
other essays are FREE at eCheat.

Uploaded by:  


Category:   Art History

Length:   6 pages (1,295 words)

Views:   6556

Report this Essay Save Essay
Professionally written essays on this topic:

Art History The Landscapes Of Patrick Collins

  • American Landscaping

    the Old World origins of their culture - but they were attracted to the nature of the New World" (Introduction to the History of G...

  • Paint and Art

    one author that Hubert is "Credited with inventing oil painting" and "was so idolizes for his discovery that his right arm was pre...

  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens and the Significance of Landscape

    This analysis of Hard Times by Charles Dickens focuses upon landscape's significance in five pages....

  • Poems 'Sir Patrick Spens' and 'Schoolsville'

    blackboard." The town, then, is basically little more than a school, but a school with grown-ups rather than kid students. ...

  • Painter Lee Krasner

    works than the colossal The Eye is the First Circle (about 93" x 191" or about eight by sixteen feet), for example. Here her art...

  • Billy Collins

    many different ways. For example, one author illustrates how, "You can read a Billy Collins poem to someone who hates poetry and t...

  • Art History Questions

    content, concept and style of art used during another chosen time in history. Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was one of the...

  • Landscape and the Environment

    of landscape serves many purposes, especially the global environmental movement. The Biological Need When one...

  • An Analysis of Several Paintings by Thomas Gainsborough

    as a foundation member; in 1774, he relocated for good to London where he expounded upon techniques he learned while at Bath, whic...

  • GREECE AND POLITICS - 2000-2004

    the 2000 election saw the diminishing of PASOKs power, while the 2004 election put the final nail of that power in the coffin. OVE...

View more professionally written essays on this topic »