Juxtaposition, conflict, tension, and contradiction

Week two with Paxman, we looked at the time period 1860-1869. The U.S Civil War started in 1861-1865, it left 600,000 soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South’s infrastructure. This was over the Slave trade, while the North or the ‘Union’ wanted to abolish Slave trade, many states in the South was for it. While this war was coming to an end in another part of the world all was peaceful and in Great Britain, the book Alice in Wonderland was published. I call this Juxtaposition, at the exact same time something wonderful was happening yet another was chaotic and catastrophic. The contrast of both situations seemed to emphasise each other. Alice in Wonderland was a magical tale were many things are strange and impossible, it left the imagination in a place of solitude yet at the same time in 1864 boys under the age of 10 were banned from being chimney sweeps, it contradicts what children are meant to be doing at the age of 10, reading and getting lost in their imagination, yet are working in terrible conditions for little pay.
Propaganda was used a lot in this period as it was advertisement during the war. This is a type of art. It’s educating a mass number of people to think alike. it’s not all negative, as it can be used for positive use.
Impressionism started half way through the sixties and lasted till 1885! Claude Monet was known for being an artist in this period, He was a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.
I really like Monet’s work its, detailed, textures and has a lot of movement. It tells a story. Its really easy on the eye.
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