I chose this image form Jack Van Ruisdael titled, Windmill, because it reminded me of the watertoweps found in the agricultural areas of Missouri. This painting depicted a moody tone when I first saw it, and it seemed to grasp my attention with a unique perspective of the windmill. Wetsermann also dives into the idea of perspective, where he points out the unusually low viewpoint opening the possibility that this infers the windmill is more imposing than a similar work — seemingly poking at the idea of vantage points of subjects and how they play a role in the purpose of art. Similarly, the clouds allude the presence of God, as Ruisdael chooses this low viewpoint to look up at the sky.
Blakely’s approach to interrupting artwork seems to looking a more historical context, often referencing points in history that could be related to the art pieces. I think Blakely would approach this painting looking for the time period, and then examining what market trends were occurring and what agricultural innovations would be occurring in this time. In reference to folklore and national identity, Ruisdael’s work would most likely depict a familiar scenery for many of the countryside, it is interesting to note this was created from the basis of sketches and drawings. He then chose to remove objects such as walls and gates that would distract the view from the subject — the windmill. So, I would come to the conclusion of the strength of emphasis placed on agriculture within this society. It’s clear that an agrarian way of life made up this national identity,; Windmill seems to depict a sense of common culture that was shared amongst the community of this area — that is the way of life through work and faith.