At the Hill house we make a point of cuddling up on the couch and talkin' art. Using the steps to reading art here, we sat down and discussed "Diego Seated In The Studio" by Alberto Giacometti.
Below are the interpretations of Stephen (my husband), Andy and Spencer (my sons) and myself.
WHAT DO I SEE?
- A man
- Supplies in the background
- They are sitting up straight and have their hands folded
- He's wearing a suit
- He's wearing a robe
- The colors are limited and sort of sad
WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT THESE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCES?
- The tools in the background look like he's in a kitchen
- No maybe a workshop or lab
- The position of the person is posed not natural
- The person looks very serious and determined
- The white lines beneath the eyes make it look like he's crying
- Based on the dress and room I think it was in the 1800's
WHY DID THE ARTIST PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER?
- It could be a reflection in a mirror as if a self portrait or portrait of someone else the artist can relate to
- Or by having the person within that window the artist is separating the viewer from the person
- Maybe the person is analytical and that's why it's painted with strong lines
- There's a strong vertical line down the center of the person which adds to the verticality and strength of the person
- The person is painted not as a human but instead treated more like architecture being rendered with strong precise lines.
These are our interpretations, you may see something different. Oh, and I should mention that when we do this we don't read up about the piece until after we've looked at it.