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Art Evaluation - The Ark by Melissa Miller

             Art, "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power." Between visiting the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum, the Modern Art had more to observe, and in my opinion was a better overall experience. The work of art I chose from the Modern Art Museum to evaluate was The Ark by Melissa Miller 1986. Miller was born in Houston, Texas in 1951 and in 1969 she attended the University of Texas in Austin. From there she attended the Museum of Fine Arts School in Houston and in 1974 the Yale summer School of Music and Art. .
             Each piece of art is displayed on big walls and very spaced out. The Ark was hung on a long wall and the medium of this painting was oil on linen. The details created by Miller are very specific and tedious as each animal painted is very distinct. The lines depicted throughout the front and bottom of the painting for the animals, are thin with minimal stokes. Whereas the background of the painting is bigger brush stokes to create thick lines which also helps show movement where the clouds appear to be moving and reshaping. There are many curved lines within the animals, such as the birds have almost a triangular body and wings, which also show movement as they are flying across the painting. There is also a very thick curved line on the very left of the painting, the tree truck, but curves from the bottom in a half oval shape. .
             In regards to shape, there is a lot of circular motions within the clouds and also to the right of center where the horses' neck and head almost form a circle as well as the shoulders and hips. In addition, there are a good amount of triangular shapes. For example, the most pronounced triangles would be in the birds curved wings at the top and the smaller bird to the top right.

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