The presence of the cross brings to mind the peaceful coexistence of religion with nature and the landscape. Peace is notary to the feelings I get when I gaze at The Battle of the Amazons painting by Rueben. This Battle scene is an explosion within the picture space. The use the yellows and browns gives the appearance of a ferocious fight while with blurred lines gives a feeling of constant motion. The swirling colors and charging horses seem to leap off the canvas.
The subject of The Battle of the Amazons is from mythology, it represents the battle between Thesis’s Athenians and the women-warriors of Telemetries_ The artist’s intent is to portray the fierceness of battle and the passion of war. The surging movement throws opposing forces gather; men, women and horses charge into combat and the result is like a whirlwind within the picture space. The subjects are engaged in a frantic struggle for survival as they meet in the center Of a bridge.
They are hurled from their horses down into the river at the base of the picture, while a horse rears, and the wounded go swirling into the background, drawn by the current Of a river. Another type of struggle is portrayed in by Lily Repine This painting represents protest and opposition of powerful youth to the passive submissiveness of the mature men around him, broken by habit, time and natural forces. In The Volta Boatmen the Volta River is spread out in the background.
In the foreground of this study in realism, a gang of barge haulers tread heavily along the sandbanks. Harnessed in straps, and hauling on tow ropes, eleven men march, bending their bodies inside their yoke as they haul a large boat against the current up the river. No whole shirt can be seen on them. Their shoulders are burnt by the sun, not a single intact hat or cap; they are all in rags, Only one young man stands straight, a boy, with long, blonde hair, barefoot, and who is the centre tot haulers and the matting.
His pink shirt draws your eye to the centre of the painting, While his angry glance and reproachful frame seems to rage at his condition. Water nourishes us; water is required by all living things. The Heart of the Andes is a painting about nature, in its entire splendor, with a small village. Nature and the village are each fed by a mountain stream. In The Battle of the Amazons we see opposing forces clashing in the center of a bridge that spans a river. In The Volta Boat Haulers we see water used for transportation With men struggling against the tide of a river.
Each of the three paintings we are examining is connected by rivers: a mountain steam, The Thermion and the Volta. But more then Water each painting also is a portrayal of struggle. The struggle of Nature to endure over the encroachment Of man, the struggle Of women over the dominance Of the masculine over the feminine and the struggle of men over oppressive reality. The Heart of the Andes is a study of natures endeavor to persevere over man. A deeper inspection of the painting reveals exposed roots in some trees that are struggling against being washed away by the stream.
We see men dominating veer the Amazon women and their allies in The Battle of the Amazons, Women are struggling for survival over superior male forces while we see some women begging for mercy of the men as the women struggle for survival, The Boat Haulers are struggling over the burden that elite places on us, the weight of the yoke in which we all must struggle, Some contrasts of the three works discussed are the differing colors, imagery and vividness used by each artist. In Heart of the Andes Church uses light and airy colors and paints so that every detail jumps out at you Rueben uses many dark colors and blurred lines in
Battle of the Amazons, In the Volta Boatman Repine uses bright colors and vivid crisp imagery. The differing moods and themes used by each painter in their respective pieces are that a dark mood in The Battle of the Amazons displays death prominently. In contrast, the Heart of the Andes displays death much more subtly and the mood is more serene then dark. The Volta Boatman has a subtle but positive, brighter mood displaying the hopeful youth struggling to overcome his surroundings. Painting evokes many feelings and emotions. Every painting has its own theme, mood, and meaning. Artists have their own purpose or creating their works.