This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Art History Essay

1029 words - 5 pages

Sae Kim
Survey of Western Art II
ARTH 201-001

Formal Analysis Quiz

Artists use a variety of ways to create works that would express a certain emotion, perspective or even an object. It is important for the viewers to observe every aspect of the work to understand the simplest message an artist is trying to convey. And in order to grasp what the artist is trying to show, a formal analysis will be carried out that examines the superficial parts of the artwork. Although the two paintings presented in the formal analysis assignment differ in impression, if important components of the artwork are recognized, it will enable us to better understand each artwork and what the artist is trying ...view middle of the document...

Such as the outlines of the fish in the center of the painting, which differs from the texture given to these fishes by using thinner lines. The composition of the artwork is very unique. The focal point of the painting seems to be at the center where more descriptive representation of the fish is presented. The basic forms of the painting are shapes of different colors outlined by different intensities of black and arranged in a abstract manner. The medium is a painting, and judging by the opaque colors, it seems to have used acrylic paint. Lastly, the spaces used in this painting has a flat, 2-dimensional, yet at some parts of the painting, a 3-dimensional look is also presented.
All six of these formal elements work together to give a final piece. The usage of acrylic paint, allows bold colors to work together to bring the focal point in to focus. The different sizes and lengths of black lines show texture, differentiate shapes and even bring 3-dimensional aspects to the artwork.
The third artwork (#3) in the formal analysis assignment has a very interesting first impression. Through the usage of pastel colors and distorted shapes, the artist created an abstract look of what looks like a person. I believe the same formal elements used in the second artwork is important in this artwork, with addition to perspective.
First, the most important element is perspective. The artist uses diminution to create some sort of depth to the painting. The large foot centered on the bottom of the painting is noticeably larger than the head, which makes the person in the painting look as if he is sitting at an angle with respect to the focal point, which is the foot. The second important element is the style. It has an abstract and expressionistic look. The distorted figure presented through more than half of the painting is the biggest reason why it makes the painting look expressionistic. And the exaggerated size of the nose...

Other Papers Like Art History

History of Art Essay

1206 words - 5 pages DIGITAL ART * An artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as an essential part of the creative or presentation process. * Completely made using a computer Digitized Art * A photo that is digitized HISTORY OF DIGITAL ART * 1950s * Many artists and designers were working w/ mechanical devices and analogue computers * Ben Laposky – artist of Oscillon 40 – 1952; one of the earliest works in the V&A’s; used an

History of African Art Essay

1804 words - 8 pages HISTORY OF AFRICAN ART The earliest known form of African Art is rock paintings, drawn by the nomadic people of southern Africa and the Sahara. Of those paintings, some of the earliest have been excavated in Namibia in strata between 19,000 and 26,000 years old. The paintings are on portable pebbles and stones and are depictions of rhinoceros, half-human and half-animal forms. Surviving paintings and engravings on rock shelters are younger but

Art and History

4671 words - 19 pages CRAE - RCÉA 2009 (36) 83-98 83 Abstracts/Résumés pp. xv-xxi We Practice What We Preach: A Local History of a Community-Based, Student/Faculty Art Exhibition (2002-09) Elizabeth Auger Ashworth Nipissing University Daniel H. Jarvis Nipissing University Purpose of the Exhibitions Student-organized exhibitions hold the potential to greatly enhance the visual arts school curriculum. Burton (2004, 2001), for example, contends that

Art History Analysis

1319 words - 6 pages Soeteria Winters April 18, 2014 FAS202-Introduction to Humanities II Art History Analysis Paper When we think of art, we rarely focus on its origins. Art itself dates back to the early modern humans that lived thirty-five thousand years ago. This includes carvings on Mammoth tusks, cave paintings, sewn beadwork on clothing, carved Venus statues from bone, and baked clay. The created art often depicted the animals that were hunted

Art History Paper 1

1176 words - 5 pages Pamela Castillo September 16, 2015 Art and Society: Renaissance to Modern Art Art History Paper Assignment 1 The Era of the Italian Renaissance was a time of reawakening of the Renaissance man. The arts, sciences, philosophy, and man being master of many things were all resurgence during this time. One particular painting to be analyzed for an example of Southern Italian style is Giuliano Burgiardini, Madonna and Child with St. John the

Art History and Storytelling

1869 words - 8 pages the ancient Egyptians worshiped several gods. From very early times, people have used art and storytelling to convey their religions, be it the ancient Egyptians, early Christians or early Muslims. The iconography used depended on the religion, but similarities can be found. Their cultures were different and their dependence on storytelling varied, but all of these religions used art to convey what was important. Passing on important information in simple, reinforcing ways to large groups of people. References Cothren, M. W., & Stokstad, M. (2012). Art a Brief History. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson.

Writing Art History Essays

4850 words - 20 pages These brief notes are not intended to replace existing style guides for essay writing. The bible of style guides, by the way, is generally held to be The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition (1993). But this is a large and daunting publication; few but professional editors navigate with confidence amid its complexities. So in an effort to produce a very abbreviated guide useful for art history students, I have assembled a few notes here that I

Art History Essay Compare Contrast Nude Women of Art

3040 words - 13 pages through the Ages: A Global History. The two pieces of art I would like to analyze are the Venus of Willendorf (Kleiner page 17) and the Venus of Milo (Kleiner page 150). Although both of these sculptures were crafted to represent nude women in their era, each had a separate purpose in their culture and time period. The sculpture of the Venus of Willendorf was carved during the Paleolithic Period between 28,000- 25,000 BCE, when nudity and

The Politics of Art Throughout History

2187 words - 9 pages The Politics of Art Throughout History The Politics of Art Throughout History John A Kenny I have read and understand the Strayer University Academic Integrity Policy listed in the Syllabus II of our classroom. In submitting this assignment, I assert that I acknowledged all sources, whether quoted or summarized, in APA citation style. I did not receive unauthorized assistance. I understand that violations of the Academic Integrity Policy

Art History

737 words - 3 pages Props Analysis and Procedural Essay The following items were used during the making of this Sweded Video production: • A Chainsaw (not turned on because it could possible injure someone) • A piece of liver • Red bell pepper • Red paint • A meat tenderizer(to represent an axe) • Black North Face jackets (all the devils needed to wear black) • Black boots • Ipod(to record the production) • Private property sign • An orange tube that

Art History

1028 words - 5 pages In funeral, generally, we use a funerary box, known as coffin, in order to display and contain the dead body. Coffin, comes from Greek word, kopina, which means basket (Lewis 2010). In earlier years before century, a coffin is included as an art that used to tribute loyal family such as king, queen, or God. This box that crafted before centuries is called sarcophagus. Sarcophagus comes from Greek words sarx, means “flesh” and phagein, means “to

Related Essays

Art History Essay

1564 words - 7 pages Art of South and Southeast Asia before 1200: Portrayal of the Buddha Sabrina Hashem 04.12.2011 Art History Survey I Christine I. Wilson This paper analyzes the art of Southeast Asia before 1200, specifically the depiction of Buddha. A general idea of Buddhism and Buddhist art is presented as well as two specific works of Buddhist art. A study of how different cultures and time period influenced these pieces follows their descriptions, and

Art History Essay 1528 Words

1528 words - 7 pages , 5th-6th century Remojadas, Mexico, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1978.412.59 fig. 4 “Xolotl,” Aztec people, 1325-1521 C.E. Aztec, Mexico; Xolotl, God of Sickness, Deformity, and Misfortune http://ferrebeekeeper.wordpress.com/2010/05/28/xolotl-god-of-sickness-deformity-and-misfortune/ Work Cited Craib, Raymond B. Catrographic Mexico: A History of State Fixations and Fugitive Landscapes

Art History Essay 1168 Words

1168 words - 5 pages Art History Paper MENIL COLLECTION & MFA-H This paper compares and contrast Virgin and Child. Northern France, 2nd quarter of the 14th century A.D., wood, (1) and Ennatum, Prince of Lagash, 2450 B.C., Sumeria (Sourthern Iraq) , composite materials (alabaster, lapis lazuli, mother of pearl). (2) Both works are from the Menil Collection in Houston. The second set of works this paper compares and contrasts is the Head of Poseidon, 227 - 221

Art History And People Essay

5337 words - 22 pages Art history is the academic study of objects of art in their historical development and stylistic contexts, i.e. genre, design, format, and look.[1] Moreover, art history generally is the research of artists and their cultural and social contributions.[2] As a term, Art history (also history of art) encompasses several methods of studying the visual arts; in common usage referring to the study of works of art and architecture. The definition