Philip Evergood Portrait Of My Mother Analysis
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(Smithsonian Institution, 2016). The subject of the portrait was her mother, Flora Jane Perry Evergood, who was dying at the time of her sitting. (Dallas Museum of Art, 2016). Evergood was primarily a painter and a muralist, with the majority of his work influenced by his experiences living in the great depression era. (Smithsonian Institution, 2016). His works included biblical scenes and social criticisms. (Smithsonian Institution, 2016). Evergood was also an activist for the civil rights of artists and workers by participating in riots and protests. (Smithsonian Institution, 2016). His other notable works include Australia, from the United Nations Series (1945), Beginning of a Dance (1930), Dowager in a Wheelchair (1952, Woman at the Piano (1955), Woodland Romance (1926-1931), Workers Houses, Flushing Bay (1935-1945), and lastly, End of the Trail II (1962). (Smithsonian Institution, 2016).
The Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas is home to the Phillip Evergood’s Portrait of my Mother, in which a dying woman is painted in a sitting position. In this work, several elements and principles of art are incorporated to effectively portray the beauty in death as a remembrance of the life the person lived. These include asymmetrical balance, emphasis, contrast, proportion, gradation, value, intensity and space. Overall the artist accurately illustrates the woman’s pain and conclusion of her life using these fundamental art