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Jose Gurvich's Composicion con hombre rojo, at Museo Virtual de Arte El Pais Changing Perceptions
of Time and Space

Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individaul Authors, March 2002.
"Fair use" encouraged.

  • Museo Virtual de Artes El Pais Click on the museum to enter. You will see a reception hall. Move your cursor to the map-like rectangle in the lower right corner. Click on the fat rectangle at the opposite end of the hall from the blinking arrow. You will see the corner of an exhibition room. Click on the middle painting on the left wall, Composicion con hombre en rojo. Click on the small button, directly under the painting that says info. Explore the painting. What do you think Jose Gurvich is trying to say in Composicion con hombre en rojo? Backup.

    Discussion Topics

    1. How are time and space represented in Gurvich's painting?

      Consider heads, feet, legs. Are they where you would expect them? But if this painting showed different times in different spaces, then might all the heads, feet, and legs been in those positions at some point, in some space? And from which angle to you see all these parts of people? Looking down? Looking at eye level? Looking from far away, looking from up close? Might you have seen all these angles of perspective at some time? And in an alienated and alienating world might your head sometimes feel that all these images just tumble on top of one another?

    2. Could you give a sociological interpretation of time and space as it is possible that Jose Gurvich was seeing it?

      Consider the feeling of being overwhelmed. Just when you manage to finish one thing another pops up. Might not Gurvich's composition be one way of expressing that feeling. Try saying in words what Gurvich might have been feeling. If you are a poet, you might well create a poetic accompaniment to the painting. But if you are like me, a glance from your attempt to capture the feeling in words, followed by a glance at Gurvich's painting, will give you some feeling for the role of art in expressing and shaping our worldview.

      Music also affords us another way to expand our imaginaries and see our world from different perspectives. I will try to gain the skills to give you examples of that, too, on our site.

    3. What similarities do you see between Gurvich and Chagall? In The Birthday?

      Marc Chagall's The Birthday, 1915
      The Birthday Marc Chagall. 1915. Oil on canvas.

      Consider people floating about as they oughtn't be able to do. Consider what that means in terms of space. Are we bound to a given space with given laws of movement? Have you ever felt that you could walk on air? What mood does that generally express? Can you empathize with Chagall's painting more effectively if you've had that feeling? Is romantic love like that? Can the painting evoke those feelings for someone who could not read? Is painting language?

    4. What similarities do you see between Gurvich and Chagall? In I and the Village?

      Marc Chagall's I and the Village
      Marc Chagall's I and the Village.