Robert Rauschenberg, Overcast III, 1963. Oil on canvas and screen printed Plexiglas. 71″ x 105″ x 11″.

On December 8th, I went to the High Museum to see their permanent collection as well as the exhibits they were hosting. One work of art that caught my eye was Robert Rauschenburg’s piece Overcast III. While I am a fan of Robert Rauschenburg, I have never actually seen his pieces in person, and in fact, I don’t think I knew that he made this piece. What drew me to this specific work is the layering effect he created by putting Plexiglas over each other to create a new image as a whole. Robert Rauschenberg created his art by screen printing certain images while still incorporating abstract expressionism. From far away, the piece looks abstract, but as you approach begin to see the finer details of the work. His work is extremely expressive, complex, and saturated with contrast. The pop-culture imagery in the work with allusions to the space exploration creates a beautiful piece that is exaggerated by the darkness the layering depicts.

Camille Pissarro, Ornamental Lake at Kew Gardens, London, 1892. Oil on canvas.

Another piece that caught my eye at the High Museum was Camille Pissarro’s Ornamental Lake at Kew Gardens. What caught my eye about this piece was the texture that Pissarro puts into the work with oil. The three-dimensional effect that the texture gives the painting makes it appear much livelier than it truly is. Pissarro was an Impressionist, which truthfully has never appealed to me very much. However, seeing the work in person was extremely impressive. His color scheme, which consists mostly of cool colors, is extremely serene and calming. All the different strokes of color in the work certainly pulled me into the actual painting. The high contrasts with the brushstrokes throughout the painting allows for much value to be interpreted even though there are no formal outlines.