Yvonne Coney Unit 4 Individual Project - 1 Running head ART...

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1 Running head: ART Yvonne Coney American InterContinental University HUMA 205 Professor: Hogge August 9, 2016
2 ART Part 1 Complete the following: 1. Identify the artist, the title of the artwork, the date it was completed, and the size of the art piece in the first paragraph. 2. Use the four steps to critiquing art that are found in Chapter 9 of the Embracing Art textbook to develop a critique of the work. Be sure that you write a well-developed paragraph on each of the four areas indicating specific areas in the painting in your explanation: Description The artist I chose this week is Mary Cassatt. The piece of art I chose from her gallery was the Child in a Straw Hat, which media is labeled as a canvas oil painting. This painting was created in 1886 and the original size of it was 25 11/16 x 19 3/8 in. or 65.3 x 49.2 cm. What I see in the artwork is a young female standing nonchalantly in a dress and a straw hat. The background is plain (without landscapes or images), in which it doesn’t seem to have any significant meaning to why she has the expression or demeanor she does. This artwork uses traditional media because it uses materials we commonly used today; oil paintings and canvases. I believe this image definitely makes use of three-dimensional perspectives because it does look like an actual little
3 ART girl in a straw hat. The colors, shapes, lines and lighting (plain, gray pinafore and a large, simple straw hat) presented in that piece of art represents the features of the little girl and contributes to what we see when we all look at her independently. Analysis The various elements within the artwork relates to each other because now with this information I can now understand why the background is dull the way it is. This piece tells me from the description that the little girl wears a plain, gray pinafore and a large, simple straw hat. Her wrinkled brow and protruding upper lip tells me that she is possibly impatient; and that she may have been taken away from her play in order to pose. The artist doesn’t appear to focus primarily on the use of line and shapes or on color and texture as much as she could have. The composition seems a tad unbalanced and seeing as though she may have been impatient at the time of this painting could suggest Cassatt worked quickly to get it done as neatly as possible, but everything looks to me as if it was done intentionally. There wasn’t anything to suggest that

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