John Copley and Benjamin West Essay
September 14, 2012
ART310 American Art
John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West were both painters and portraitures. John Copley and Benjamin West both had very distinct styles of artwork. There were also some comparisons between their artwork(s). I have decided to look further into Copley’s and West’s artwork(s) and this is what I have found.
John Singleton Copley’s painting: Mars, Venus, and Vulcan: The Forge of Vulcan features Venus which is the symbol of love and sex. It shows Venus as very seductive young woman. It also has cupid’s arrows which also represents love. Half of the painting is painted dark giving the painting a dreadful feeling. Half …show more content…
Benjamin West’s painting: The Death of General Wolfe shows a general who is dying in war. The general and his soldiers are wearing the color red which represents war, strength, and domination. Half of the clouds are midnight black which represents death meaning that the end is near. The other half of the clouds is a light blue which represents healing and health meaning that a new beginning will come. The painting also shows a gun which represents protection. The texture of this painting is a little rough and polished. Benjamin West used short dominant brushstrokes in this painting. The