Titlesort icon Creator Date Era City Country Emotional Sum (Sense of Life or emotional World View) Theme
Composition with Red Yellow Blue and Black Painter: Piet Mondrian 1921 The Hague Netherlands

[Seems mute]

Confectionary Basket from Japan, Fukui region Designer: Anonymous unknown Japan

Life can be dynamic and purposeful and intriguing -- because of the dynamic form and economy of materials and diagonal symmetry of the composition.

Covered Box Designer: John Otar 1930 1901-2000 Santa Cruz, CA United States

Fun; complexity made from simplicity

Crane Under the Rain Ohara, Shoson: 1928 1900s Japan

Life is difficult.

Cyrano de Bergerac Playwright: Edmond Rostand 1897 1900s France

Life can be exciting. Life can be grand, literally. There is also some great sadness about consummated love, since it is portrayed as unreachable.

The importance of independence and independent thought. Compromise is deadly to one's soul. Sub-themes: a) Doubt of one's goodness because of an incidental fact (physical feature) is terribly damaging and tragic. b) Helping someone by faking reality is damaging and can come to no good.

Dangerous Beauty Director: Marshall Herskovitz 1998 United States

The world is a horrible split of conventional marital morality vs. honest but promiscuous morality. The way to live requires one sacrifice one's body for one's soul.

The importance of accepting your own rules for living, your own morality.

David Sculptor: Michelangelo Buonarotti 1504 1500s Florence Italy

Man is a strong, indomitable creature who has the intelligence to overcome terrible odds.

[requires assumption of some context of this work -- not a "cold" introduction to it]: A man able to face a daunting task, with tremulous calm and determination. This is the depiction of the David/Goliath story of the Bible in which David takes on the much more formidable Goliath and wins.

Day at the Beach Painter: J.C. Leyendecker 1932 1900s United States

Fun and cuteness.

Design for Living Writer: Noel Coward 1932 1900s United Kingdom

Life can be giddy and bright. Facing up to one's anti-conventional values is important. Conventional morality must be questioned if it causes suffering and conflict.

You should follow your deepest values and accept them no matter how unconventional the outcome.

A rare combination of the wittiest, lightest of Noel Coward's style, along with deeper themes of romantic love, proper morality and how should one live.

Diana Sculptor: Auguste Saint-Gaudens 1892 1900s New York United States

Serenity in action. But not a strong world view in any case, quite placid.

Die Hard Director: John McTiernan 1988 July 15 United States

The way to beat evil is to give no quarter, no compromise. Life is hard, but fighting for the right is rewarded.

Giving up in life is not an option.

Dirty Dancing Director: Emile Ardolino 1987

Life is passionate and meaningful.

The joy and passion of love and life and dancing, while learning integrity and independence.

East of Eden Author: John Steinbeck 1952 1951 - 2000 United States

Life is filled with great and important choices.

The battle between good and evil, guilt and innocence. Takes the position that we are influenced by many things, but ultimately we have free will.

Eiffel Tower Designer: Gustave Eiffel 1889 Paris France

The works of Man are thrilling.

Enemy Below, The Director: Dick Powell 1957 1951-1970 United States

War is deadly and destructive for all parties.

Etudes Choreographer: Harold Lander 1948 Pre-1950 Ballet/Dance New York United States

Thrilling pleasure at beautiful movement and great success at developing the best within you.

Hard work results in great achievement in life -- and that results in beauty and excitement in life.

Euphronios Krater aka Sarpedon Krater Vase Painter: Euphronios 515 BC Greece

Exquisitely beautiful hardship.

Fame Director: Alan Parker 1980 1971-1990 New York United States

Life is hard, but you can succeed, and it is worth it and exhilarating.

Go after your heart's desire.

Far Country, The Author: Nevil Shute 1952 1951 - 2000 Australia

Life can be bright, happy and successful, but hard decisions must be faced and dealt with.

A good and happy life is made up of self-directed actions, self-chosen goals.

A less important theme is:
Freedom from government control.
Whether the government control results from devastating wars, or from socialist control of medical care, freedom is to be sought and prized.

Feast of Belshazzar Painter: Rembrandt Van Rijn 1635c. 1600s London United Kingdom

The only way to know the sense of life or world view of the painting is through it's history, since the image is very mixed. Shows an opulent and sumptuous world, but the people are obviously distressed over something. Assuming one knows its history, you could conclude it is an exercise in depicting the dangers of the worldly pursuits and wealth.

Ferrari Dino 246 GT Designer: Enzo Ferrari 1969 Italy

The world is a place of speed and elegance.

Fireplace and Door Designer: Wharton Esherick 1936c. 1901-2000 Philadelphia United States

Very orderly exuberance, via "explosive" geometry

Godfather Director: Coppola Francis Ford 1972 1971-1990 United States

Life demands death; life is a horror of killing and retribution. Life is tragedy and malevolence

Behind beauty and success lies corruption and death.

Green fabric Designer: Mariano Fortuny circa 1920 Italy

Still produced by the Fortuny fabric company.

Greystoke Director: Hugh Hudson 1984 1971-1990 United Kingdom

Life is Loss -- life is grim and culture is grim and the jungle is grim. All is grim.

The other important feature of the film emotionally is that Tarzan has been crippled by his circumstances of being brought up in the jungle -- he cannot live as a man, so the great tragedy of the story is that he has to return to the jungle, which is below primitive -- it is an isolated hell in which death is at every corner, and at best the companionship of apes. Given that the story partly portrays civilized men as brutes who relish killing animals, perhaps the emotional intent is to make the choice to return to the jungle as positive, but for this reviewer it is unutterably tragic and ugly.

Loss, Loss, Loss. Man as metaphysically alien from human culture.