Select a work of art: Select ONE of the following listed works of art. Analysis papers submitted using a work of art other than one of those listed will not be accepted. The Approach of Krishna . c. 1600 - 1670. Pahari region, India. Basophil style. Fig. 18.10, pg. 309. Thomas Cole. The Oxbow . 1836. Fig. 21.6, pg. 365. Vincent van Gogh. The Sower . 1888. Fig. 21.29, pg. 384.
Pablo Picasso. Violin, Fruit, and Wineglass . 1913. Fig. 22.17, pg. 403. Diego Rivera. The Liberation of the Peon . 1931. Fig. 23.18, pg. 423. Introduction: In the first paragraph, called the introduction, you will include: The name of the artist (if known), title (which is underlined or italicized every time you use the title in your paper), date, and medium (if known) Your interpretation of the subject - what is this piece about? A very brief description of the work
Thesis statement - usually the last line or so of your first paragraph clarifying the type of paper you are writing. Description: Your formal analysis should include a description of the piece using terminology (in the order they are listed), and details of the work that have led you to come to some understanding of what the artist is communicating. Your analysis should have a sense of order, moving purposefully through your description, from one term to the next, with regard to each specific element. How do the visual elements and principles of design work within the work of art to create the meaning you are addressing? Remember that your analysis should not be just a mechanical, physical description. Please use descriptive language and adjectives to describe your work. To aid in writing a formal analysis, you should think as if you were describing the work of art to someone who has never seen it before. What do you see? When your reader finishes reading your analysis, she/he should have a complete mental picture of what the work looks like. This section is
the most important part of this assignment.
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