Friday, April 29, 2016

Postcard International LABOR DAY, May 1 with elaboration of "The Fourth Estate" by Giuseppe Pellizza Volpedo. Free download.

The Fourth Estate is a famous picture painted by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo in 1901, originally entitled The Path of Workers.

The painting is an icon of the twentieth century, showing striking workers (members of the fourth estate), and is in the "chromoluminarist" or divisionist style. Not only does it depict a scene of social life – a strike – it is a symbol. The people, with equal space being given to a woman with a baby in her arms, are moving towards the light. The painting represents the full development of this theme, which the artist already dealt with in paintings such as Ambassadors of hungerStream of people and a preparatory sketch of 1898, The path of workers. The composition of the painting is balanced in its shapes and vibrant in its light, giving the perfect idea of a mass movement.

Adapted from Wikipedia

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