Monday, October 4, 2010

Treaty Signing at Medicine Creek Lodge

John Taylor’s painting, Treaty Signing at Medicine Creek Lodge, is representational art. It is far more realistic looking and nicely painted to look like Native Americans at a council meeting with whites, versus Howling Wolf’s drawing. Wolf’s drawing is abstract due to the bird’s eye view nature of it; you almost have to tilt your head to see the whole image correctly. Both pieces are about the peace treaty signing, however, Taylor’s painting is more organized and orderly, much like a formal meeting. Wolf’s drawing is much more childish in a way with its bright colors and immature objects. The landscape in John Taylor’s piece shows great detail in the leaves of the trees, grass and logs that people sit upon, where as Howling Wolf’s piece shows trees that look like Q-Tips and instead of sitting in grass the people look to be floating in the white background. Taylor seems to suggest that he is more focused on the treaty signing itself but Wolf is more focused on the whole issue and included other aspects such as the river. Being from different cultures may have impacted their view on the situation. Wolf’s artwork is to the point, you can easily tell the differences from men and women and the Native Americans versus the white people. Taylor’s artwork has more gray areas with the people being blended and harder to tell apart. The role of women was much more evident in Wolf’s piece. Women seemed to have a belonging role in society but in Taylor’s painting they seemed to not have a big role in dealing with government issues.


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