Ever since the flag of France was unfurled on top of the Eiffel Tower, on the day it was completed on March 28, 1889, it has continuously attracted an enormous number of visitors. People of all ages from all parts of the globe have visited this global landmark which is iconic not only to Paris but to the whole modern civilization. Objects are visualized by people according to their own perceptions. Robert Delaunay, for example, was the French painter who first introduced vibrant colors in cubism. In 1910 he contributed to cubism through a series of his paintings of the Eiffel Tower. There had been many painters who treated the Eiffel Tower like an object of central attraction in their paintings, showing it like an embodiment of tranquility. In such paintings, even the boats and surface of the river also seem to be cold and at a standstill. Teenagers have sketched the Eiffel Tower in colors of their choice, and instead of its brown color they have used a rainbow of colors.
1. ‘The Eiffel Tower’ – George Seurat
The 1889 painting of the Eiffel Tower by George Seurat is an excellent example of pointillism. Dark and light blue, orange and white colors have been mainly employed in the creation of this painting. The base has the darkest colors while the top of the tower seems almost merged and fused with the atmosphere being only barely perceptible. The tower is traditionally colored in three tones of brown only, the darkest being used at the base. Pointillism utilizes the dots of paints like the pixels on a television or computer screen. The painting appears better composed when seen from a distance while too close of a view may not be that impressive. The choice of colors and the technique used in the production of this painting has made it a unique work of art.
2. ‘Torre Eiffel’
‘Torre Eiffel’ is a painting of the Eiffel Tower by Robert Delaunay. It was completed in 1911 and is a typical work of Delaunay who, along with his wife Sonia Delaunay, co-founded the Orphism Art Movement. It is distinguished from cubism due to its use of strong colors and geometric shapes. More inclined towards an abstraction, his painting of the Eiffel Tower is not easy to interpret for a common person. It is a tri-color painting with only grey, brownish orange, and white colors used in its production. Only a part of the tower, and that too in a sort of distorted form, is shown in the painting. Whereas the painting might have been an enlightening work for the artists, there is not much for a commoner in it. The value of the painting is, however, determined by the expert opinion about it and not by the opinion of the common people. Its importance, therefore, cannot be undermined.
3. ‘Landscape Quilt’; Paris
Painting of the Eiffel Tower has been tried in all sorts of media, not excluding art quilting. Colorado quilt artist Jeanine Rivard Malaney has created a dimensional quilt artwork containing the realistic form of the Eiffel Tower. A quilt is usually a three-layer, stitched work comprised of a quality top layer with a plain, bottom layer. The insulation is sandwiched between them. Whereas cotton, wool, or synthetic fibers had been customarily used as the insulating material, the use of old blankets or even paper was not unusual. There are no hard-and-fast rules of stitchery, but quilt art permits a third dimension due to the regulated compression through more or less the stitchwork.
4. ‘The Bridal Pair With the Eiffel Tower’
‘The Bridal Pair With the Eiffel Tower’ is a dreamy painting of the Eiffel Tower by the famous Jewish painter Marc Chagall. Many colors, including: dark and light blue, orange and red, as well as rust and olive green, grey, black, red, and white are used in the painting. Only half of the Eiffel Tower appears in solid blue in the background located in the left, upper quarter away from the central danger line. In the foreground are seen three figures; the couple and a stuffed hen of the couple’s size. The sun is seen to the left and behind the tower in the form of a slightly oval, yellow object with a solid, red circle in the center. Dreams and fertility seem to impact the viewer like a solid reality, as real as the Eiffel Tower.
5. ‘Eiffel Tower X’
‘Eiffel Tower X’ is a painting by Ben Well showing a woman walking with a red umbrella at the Eiffel Tower. It is an oil painting in black, red, and white colors. According to Ben Well, ‘I have used bold brushstrokes combined with palette knife techniques to create this original painting. The main colors used are black, white, and red. Each of my works contains symbols, figures, or shadows that speak to the imagination of the viewer. The lower one-third of the panting shows a narrowing, white path to the tower. A human figure with a red shirt and red umbrella is walking towards the tower. The tower itself is located in the midground showing three levels. The sun in red is shown at the top left and balances the red umbrella resulting in a well-composed painting.
6. ‘Eiffel Tower Paris France’
‘Eiffel Tower Paris France’ is a watercolor painting by Irina, an award winning, life member of TWSA, Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She was educated at the Petersburg Academy of Art and the Leningrad Academy of Culture in Russia. The painting, dexterously sketched in a specific way, enables the viewer to view all three levels of the tower clearly. Unlike most of the Eiffel Tower paintings in which the top of the tower is almost faded to the extent of disappearing, it is the most prominent part of the structure in this painting. Only blue, black, and white colors are used in this painting.
7. ‘Eiffel Tower’ by Miriam Schulman
‘Eiffel Tower’ by Miriam Schulman is a beautiful collage in bright pink and blue. In the foreground in front of the tower is shown a typical fence. To the right of the tower’s base are shown three or four big poppy flowers while one to the left balances them nicely. Up very high close to the top of the tower are seen two, big dragonflies while the sun is shining brightly. The painting is a teenager’s paradise. Miriam Schulman is a New Yorker.
8. ‘Eiffel Tower’ by Robert L. Freeman
Robert L. Freeman’s sunset oil painting ‘Eiffel Tower’ is one of the most beautiful paintings of the global icon. The painting is full of urban life in old Paris. The city’s hustle and bustle and traffic with a prominent colorful horse carriage give life to the painting. The presence of the beautiful buildings on both sides of the road reflects great architecture. Many people are seen in the foreground while two horse carriages are seen heading towards the tower, and both are at a distance from one another giving depth to the painting. Orange-red streaks of clouds behind the fading Eiffel Tower are very attractive. The first impressions on viewing the painting are: smog, cold, and a scenic sunset. Robert L. Freeman has won numerous awards, and his works are on display in many countries.
9. Eiffel Tower on Postal Stamps
Paintings of the Eiffel Tower designed by renowned artists have appeared on various postal stamps in many countries. One such commemorative stamp of France shows as a cartoon the Eiffel Tower holding a picture of the Eiffel Tower in one hand and displaying it to the viewers. The complex, original structure of the tower has been converted into a simple cartoon. The background is also very simple with minimal details of the tower. It has only a few colors with yellow, turquoise, and white. Postal stamps with the Eiffel Tower are a real delight for philatelists.
10. ‘Vintage L’amour a Paris’
‘Vintage L’amour a Paris’ is an Eiffel Tower painting by Teshia on a 17.5 x 24 inch canvas. The fine text overlays read, Paris and France. The tower is shown standing on a grass green base, and the background is turquoise with a smoky appearance. The triangle above the arch is in a solid color and gives depth to the painting. The tower itself is colored in brown, closer to its real color. The background color helps the tower stand out prominently. Teisha’s message to the viewers is ‘live life colorfully.’
All sorts of painting styles including realistic, cubism, pointillism, abstract, knife paintings, black-and-white monochromic, as well as multicolored versions and all conceivable forms of painting have been experimented with this unique object. Women have embroidered it on cushions and quilts with intricate embellishment. An American woman, Erika Eiffel, is known for having married the Eiffel Tower in a commitment ceremony in 2007. She founded a society for Objectophiles, or the object lovers. Some paintings reflect this event in interesting forms.
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