Your Final Paper is an investigation of a work of art called rue transnonain le 15 avril 1834 and the artist named Honoré Daumier. You will be required to write a 4-5 page investigation of a work of art called rue transnonain le 15 avril 1834 and the artist Honoré Daumier. Discuss and critique in a formal, iconographic, and historical context. Your grade will be based on the depth of your analysis of the subject.
This is a general suggestion and not a required outline.
Identification: At the museum or museum site, select a work of art. You may select a piece that you like or dislike. Copy down all the information provided; Artist, title, medium, year, etc. Write down your initial responses. How do you respond to the work? Does it invoke an emotional response? What do you think the artist was trying to communicate? It is helpful to bring a notebook to record your responses.
Describe the piece and review it carefully. What do you see? Note all the details about the work. How would you describe it to someone you were talking to on the phone who can’t see it?
Analyze the visual elements and design principles as you did in the short paper. Think about the relationship between form, content and subject matter in your analysis. This will be helpful in your ‘interpretation’ of the work. Use the terminology you have learned in class, particularly terms in Chapters 2 -5. Your analysis should be based your own observations while viewing the work.
Interpretation Follow your analysis with a subjective interpretation of the meaning of the work. How does the work make you feel? What do you think the content is? Go beyond “I like it” or “I don’t like it.”
Research the artist. Historical and biographical information on the artist often provides clues into a works intended meaning. Carefully consider the purpose and context of the piece. Did the piece you selected have any particular political or cultural message? Was the artist making a statement?
Value Judgement What do you think the artist’s intentions were? Was this communicated? Does it have value? Can you recognize the aesthetic quality in the work?
Four to five pages, double-spaced, 12 point type Times New Roman only 1” margins. The required 4-5 page count does not include title page, images, or reference/bibliography page. Make sure you proofread your papers for incorrect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other errors.
The preferred format to complete the Final Paper is Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).
A minimum of five sources is required. Research can come from the Internet (reputable sources only) scholarly articles (jstor, for example), books on art history, politics, etc.. Sources should be varied and academic and/or professional in nature. Your text should be one of the five minimum sources
Please cite and reference all material according to the MLA