Ormal analysis on the impressionist painting The Dance Class”, 1874 by Edgar Degas

What formal analysis allows us to do is to translate that non-verbal communication into words. A formal analysis consists of looking and describing what you see, and using that description as a?proofa? of your point of view, thesis, or claim you are making about the work of art a in other words your response to it. (What does the work represent? What is the subject matter of the work of art, what is depicted? For example for a painting you would ask is it a narrative, does it refer to a story, whether sacred or secular, or is the work a portrait, or a still life, or a landscape.)
1. What is the title of the painting or drawing, when was it made and by whom?
2. Does the artist define the image primarily through the drawing of lines, through the shading of forms dark to light, through the juxtaposition of colors, or through a combination of the above.
3. How is color, or hue or palette, employed? What colors are used? What is their intensity or saturation? a in other words how red is the red? Are the colors realistic or symbolic?
4. Describe the texture of the paint. Can you see the brushstrokes? If so, the artist is employing what is called the technique of impasto.
5. How does the artist imply depth or flatness? How is the space in the work organized, is it deep or shallow? Does the painting employ techniques of perspective, linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, foreshortening, and overlapping? If perspective is used are the foreground, middle ground and background of the work clearly defined?
6. How are these formal elements arranged, in other words what is the COMPOSITION. How does the composition work? Is it symmetrical, asymmetrical, patterned, chaotic, etc? What is the relationship between the various objects in the piece?
The only source for the paper is the painting chosen to work on.All good expository writing begins with an opening paragraph that states the essayas thesis or point of view;after introducing the painting, use formal analysis to explain how your painting is a good example of: The optical project of the Impressionists living in the newly industrial world of France of the later nineteenth century (Impressionist paintings) (3rd person narrative)