On The Balcony

on the balcony by peter blake

On The Balcony by Peter Blake

On The Balcony by Peter Blake was produced in 1955-1957 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Pop Art movement. The work can be viewed now at TATE Modern


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): life, people, teenage


On the Balcony is a famous artwork by Peter Thomas Blake who is a British artist widely known for his pop artworks.

He is particularly recognized for the centralization of popular culture in his paintings. He is an iconic figure in the world of pop artwork movement.

One of his masterpiece artworks is On the balcony, Blake creatively makes a combination of different images of simple, ordinary, and normal everyday people.

Then he thematized these pictorial combinations on the subject matter " On the balcony."

The images that constitute the painting consist of transitory elements like magazines, snapshots, and consumer goods.

Artworks found in museums and galleries are also engraved in the painting.

The painting portrays, for instance, a figure on the left side holding a copy of Eduart Manet’s The Balcony (1868) and a LIFE magazine copy is also included.

In all, there are about 32 distinct versions of balcony images in the paintings.

Moreover, juvenility or youth age-grade is being represented in the painting as teenagers. These teenagers can be perceived to be samples of youths from a new generation with an open-minded mindset to the key concepts and principles of pop artwork.

These principles of pop artwork are concerned with the proper breakdown of traditional comprehension and understanding of art objects and also to demystify the difference between art and life.

Imagine a world without art.

The world will be reduced to nothing but a lifeless big sphere revolving around the sun in quiet gloom. Art is the life-giving force that keeps the world spinning around in fun.

Without art, there’s outrightly no meaning to life. Human existence, values, cultures, traditions, language, and other salient things associated with human beings are all embedded, lodged, and deeply rooted in art. For these indispensable roles that art plays, both visually and non-visually, in the world, it is not an overstatement to say art is a close friend of life.

Art is wide.

But no matter the vastness of art, every art form aims to pass messages. As much as art radiates with beauty and aestheticism, the underlying maxim spelling its essence is the message it’s attempting to pass across to the audience.

Furthermore, On the Balcony can be misunderstood to be a collage.

Collage is an art form that involves the incorporation of various materials like cloth, paper, or other objects onto a canvas and engraving them into a composition or painting.

However, On the Balcony is an oil painting, an art process of painting in oil colors.

Although, Blake employs the collage method of incorporating several images within the painting, his painting On the Balcony is an iconic artwork that shows his techniques in oil painting. The artwork can be viewed at Tate Britan


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