Omparison of PICASSO, Gertrude Stein and GAUGUIN, Two Tahitian Women
This is the term paper for my Art History class. We have to compare and contrast two paintings from 19th century Europe ; PICASSO, Gertrude Stein and GAUGUIN, Two Tahitian Women.
The instruction is here
You may have noticed from your class that the analysis of a painting revolves around certain key characteristics of the work. The subject of a painting, for example, is of primary importance and is responsible for a large measure of its immediate impact. Yet the same subject treated by two different artists can create widely divergent impressions through the manipulation of the expressive components of the work. One of these expressive components is the composition. One work might present a balanced harmony of line and shapes, while another an unstable arrangement of conflicting forces. The composition also determines our position as viewers. We may be confronted directly by the image or action, or we may be removed to a comfortable vantage point. Wherever the artist has placed us, they have invested us with a point of view which affects the way we respond to the subject.
Your response to the painting is influenced by the colors in the work. The artist chooses from the almost infinite variety of colors in nature to calculate an effect or harmony, energy, mystery, violence, or any of the other abstractions they wish to express. The psychological effect on us of the colors as they are arranged by the artist is heightened by the texture of the paint. The surface of the picture not only excites our tactile sense but it also records the process of the artists work, their physical activity in applying the paint. And we, through empathy, respond to that record of human activity. These elements, along with many others such as scale, symbolism and setting to name only three, are combined by the artist in a single system recording a unique perception of life.
Your paper should reflect your understanding of the essential character of the two paintings you are discussing and present general conclusions about the nature of their contrast. You should support all generalizations with specific observations. Avoid simple description, however, unless you state its significance. Your overall organization should be clear and discernible to the reader, and should spell out your ideas about the two works. Finally, when you have finished writing the paper go back over it and correct all errors in spelling and grammar, sentence fragments and awkward constructions. Then compose a final perfect version.
A complete paper will contain a thesis, that is a sentence or two clearly stating an argument (your informed opinion). This thesis should be clear and well thought out. A thesis will not only align your thoughts, but also provide a means of logically structuring your paper.
NO INTERNET RESEARCH (except to acquaint yourself with the works, if you wish)