Honors Art History
The Grandfather of Satire
This booklet focuses on William Hogarth and the impression he left on society through his art and character. His art challenged others of the time and pushed the boundaries to make people think and see the truth. I chose him because not only is he an established painter, he is known for his engravings as well. This booklet will provide insight into Hogarth's childhood, struggles, artistic transition and most famous works.
His Early Life
His artwork had many flowing lines and intricate decoration which went along with the movement. He was a true innovator, he was not really inspired or influenced by any before him. He was known for ridiculing earlier artists rather than using them for inspiration. Although he was a famous painter, he was more famous for his engravings than his paintings. His main mediums were Oil, Prints, and Wood. He was a trained engraver in the Rcoco fashion and his paintings contained strong tenants of this era. His works followed a theme of marly and strongly contrasted the Renaissance work before his period (which was mostly religious).
In 1753 he published his Analysis of Beauty which focused on what he believed to the the five viewing aspics of art that made it successful (fitness [is it socially acceptable], variety, regularity, intricacy, and quantity). He wanted to extract entertaining and instructive incidents from life.
William Hogarth was a part of the Rococo movement (AKA "Late Baroque"). This was an artistic period that originated in France and spread all over Europe. It was the final expression in the Baroque movement and it pushed the principles of illusion and theatricality, asymmetry, fluid curves, and an ornament that dominated the architectural space.
His Most Famous Works
-Marriage a-la-mode:1, The Marriage Settlement
-Oil on Canvas
-The National Gallery
-These paintings were models from which the engravings would be made. The story starts in the Manison of Earl Squander who is arranging to marry his son to the daughter of a wealthy by mean city merchant and ends with the murder of the son and the suicide of the daughter