Valentine Paintings

Contest Info

  • Started: 2/14/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 2/15/2007 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 11
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Valentine Paintings
Contest Directions: In the Renaissance times, there was no Valentine's Day. A slap on the ass and "Love Ya" would pretty much express the affection of man to his wife. Today there's only a slap on the ass.
In this contest you are asked to add romantic Valentine's Day theme to old famous paintings. Try to modernize it where you can by adding modern day valentine's day gifts to the paintings. Examples may include Whistler's mother with the box of Hershey's Kisses, or Mona Lisa holding a bouquet of roses and valentine's card.

Contest Info

    • Started: 2/14/2007 06:00
    • Ended: 2/15/2007 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 11
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
This gallery only contains our top 10 selections from its parent contest Valentine Paintings. All 11 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Bouguereau Woman with a Valentine Teddy Bear

    Bouguereau  Woman with a Valentine Teddy Bear
  • Little Girl Capturing Cupids

    Little Girl Capturing Cupids
  • American Gothic on Valentine's Day

    American Gothic on Valentine's Day
  • Water Girl Wearing Victoria's Secret Underwear

    Water Girl Wearing Victoria's Secret Underwear
  • Valentine Bear For David Marat

    Valentine Bear For David Marat
  • Woman Giving a Little Girl a Valentine's Bear by Bouguereau

    Woman Giving a Little Girl a Valentine's Bear by Bouguereau
  • Van Dyck Lovers on Valentine's Day

    Van Dyck Lovers on Valentine's Day
  • Man Giving a Woman Roses in an Old Painting

    Man Giving a Woman Roses in an Old Painting
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Romanticism in paintings, first defined as an aesthetic in literary criticism around 1800, gained momentum as an artistic movement in France and Britain in the early decades of the nineteenth century and flourished until the mid-century. In French and British paintings of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the recurrence of images of shipwrecks and other representations of man's struggle against the awesome power of nature manifest this sensibility. Another facet of Romantic art toward nature emerges in the landscapes of John Constable, whose art expresses his response to his native English countryside. For his major paintings, Constable executed full-scale sketches. This interest in the individual and subjective, at odds with eighteenth-century rationalism, is mirrored in the Romantic approach to the portrait. Traditionally, records of individual likeness portraits became vehicles for expressing a range of psychological and emotional states in the hands of Romantic painters. Gericault probed the extremes of mental illness in his portraits of psychiatric patients. Along with plumbing emotional and behavioral extremes, Romantic artists expanded the repertoire of subject matter, rejecting the didacticism of neoclassical history painting in favor of imaginary and exotic subjects. ChassÚriau documented his visit to Algeria in notebooks filled with watercolors and drawings, which later served as models for paintings done in his Paris studio. In its stylistic diversity and range of subjects, Romanticism defies simple categorization. As the poet and critic Charles Baudelaire wrote in 1846, "Romanticism in paintings is precisely situated neither in choice of subject nor in exact truth, but in a way of feeling."
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