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Choose a work of Rococo or Neoclassical art and relate it to a contemporary workor social construct. What are some of the shared ideals or values that you see expressed, both in Rococo or Neoclassical art and in contemporary society? Oath of the Horatii:Death Squad:
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The first work of art that I chose was from the Neoclassicism period which is the “Oath of Horatii”,the artist was Jacques-Louis David and the year it was created was 1784.Thesecond work of art that I chose was from the Contemporary period which is “Death Squad”,the artist was John Keane and the year it was created was 1991.The theme established by both images is that war brings out a patriotic theme,which highlights the images to portray noble and heroic historical painting in these two time periods. The painting,”The Oath of Horatii”,was created in 1784,which was about five years before the French Revolution;this was a period of unrest in France when the people were trying to overthrow the monarchy,giving rise to democracy.Jacques-Louis David,depicts the Roman story of the Horatii brothers’ oath to defeat their enemies the curiatii,or die trying.The artist has created balance in the painting’s composition by having three arches in the background which gives us a feeling of seriousness.The image of the Horatii and their father looking at the swords (held by the father) and their arms and hands pointing towards the swords imply their commitment to their oath.The woman also add an almost depressing mood to the painting.This could suggest the sadness that the French monarchy cause the people.The colors used in the painting which are simple and not intense implies the message of simplicity and lack of fancy,decorated materials and decadence.Ultimately, the artist’s picture manifests a progressive outlook, deeply influenced by Enlightenment ideas, that eventually contributed to the overthrow of the monarchy.The painting,”Death Squad”,was created in response to the First Gulf War,which was a war that began in 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait, and ended in 1991 when a coalition of countries led by the United States expelled the Iraqi army from Kuwait.In this paintingwe can tell based on the shading of colors that much chaos and disaster has occured

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