Art


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(The Life Line)

The image above is a piece of art painted by Winslow Homer in the year of 1884 called The Life Line. Homer was more of a naturalist as this painting depicts an unconscious women being carried to shore after their ship wrecked. This shows that the ship and the people on it were at the will of nature and nothing else. Many of his pieces from this time period have to do with man and his fate with confronting the forces of nature, exactly like how the ship tried to face the ocean and it lost. The fate of man is in the hands of nature according to naturalists.


 

Homer later refocused his artistic abilities on regionalism after he did multiple works on naturalism. For example, below is one of his painting from 1891 called The Woodcutter. This painting shows a lumberjack looking out over the land and all the trees that he can cut down and use for fire wood as well as bargain for money or food in return. The woodcutters life and what he does everyday is shown in the realistic painting of regionalism. Which is what everything around the man looks like for what it really is, not symbolically.

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(The Woodcutter)


 

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(Lanno, Laurie)

The image above shows a painting done by Jules Breton in 1887, his piece is called The End Of The Working Day and is seen as a very powerful image. It shows how realistic work was and how hard everyday was for women during the 1880’s. This painting shows realism by depicting how women were treated and not bending how they look while working, he didn’t paint the women as high class and dressed nicely. He showed the harsh reality, which was that women were tired and worn out, just like the men. Not all of them had the nice clothes and all the money to go with it. Some had to work for it and make a living with their bare hands, they had to live in reality.


Music


 

“Down in front of Casey’s old brown wooden stoop

On a summer’s evening we formed a merry group

Boys and girls together we would sing and waltz

While Jay played the organ on the sidewalks of New York

East Side, West Side, all around the town

The tots sang ‘ring-a-rosie,’ ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’

Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O’Rourke

Tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York

Things have changed since those times, some are up in “G”

Others they are wand’rers but they all feel just like me

They’d part with all they’ve got, could they once more walk

With their best girl and have a twirl on the sidewalks of New York.”

The song above is one known as The Sidewalks Of New York, written by  lyricist James W. Blake and composer Charles B. Lawlor in 1994. The lyrics describe what life was like if you lived in New York at the time. While farmers and others who lived out of the big city struggled to survive, the city goers were out on the streets dancing and singing and having a grand time. As the song continues on, in the last verse, Blake writes that some are up in G while other are just like him, meaning that some of his friends made it to the big league in whatever they pursued while the others are just making it by. It shows both the good and the bad in the reality of living in a large city at the time (The Sidewalks of New York).


 

“There’s a time in each year

That we always hold dear,

Good old summer time;

With the birds and the trees-es,

And sweet scented breezes,

Good old summer time,

When you day’s work is over

The you are a clover,

And life is one beautiful rhyme,

No trouble annoying,

Each one is enjoying,

The good old summer time…”

The Good Old Summer Time is a song written by George Evans and Ren Shields in 1902. The song relates to realism by having people remember what the summer was like and that they just have to get through the work days and then they can relax and enjoy their surroundings. Also it helps them get through the harsh winters by reminding them that the summers are rich with warmth and sunlight and the realities of winter are only temporary (In The Good Old Summertime).


 

“We are traveling in the footsteps

Of those who’ve gone before

But we’ll all be reunited (but if we stand reunited)

On a new and sunlit shore (then a new world is in store)

When the moon turns red with blood

When the moon turns red with blood

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

On that hallelujah day

On that hallelujah day

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

O when the trumpet sounds the call

O when the trumpet sounds the call

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

Some say this world of trouble

Is the only one we need

But I’m waiting for that morning

When the new world is revealed

When the revelation comes

When the revelation comes

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

When the rich go out and work

When the rich go out and work

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

When the air is pure and clean

When the air is pure and clean

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

When we all have food to eat

When we all have food to eat

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

When our leaders learn to cry

When our leaders learn to cry

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in.”

When the Saints Are Marching In by Katharine Purvis and James Milton Black was released in 1896, it was later altered by Louis Armstrong to what it is as shown above. The song was originally a gospel hymn but when it was revised it was made more into a jazz theme. The song shows how many people depended o the Lord to help them make it through hard times. The song is constantly asking for the Lord to allow the listener to be alive when all these changes happen because they will make daily life better. It shows realism by showing that many people were having a hard time and turned to God to help them though it and to make things better for not just them but all Saints (When The Saints Go Marching In).