Medium of Art
Manhattan by George Grosz is an oil on board painting that is of the skyline of New York City. The difference between being at the Harn and seeing the painting in person, rather than seeing it in a photograph, is that I was able to see all of the small details, strokes from the oil paint, as well as the texture that the painting itself gives off. Oil paintings have always made a scene look heavier, so like the clouds and the smoke coming off of the buildings can look denser than they would if there was watercolor, so I found this to be intriguing, especially with the atmosphere of New York behind it. Since the painting uses dark, cool colors, the painting reflected a sense of grunge and filth that comes with the daily grind of working. The artwork made me feel intrigued about city life, because there are so many different aspects of it to see.