Artwork analysis and comparative essay.
I need an explanation for this History question to help me study.
Painting one: Ernest Meisssonier, Souvenir of civil war,1849-1850,11.5* X 8.5“
Painting two: July 28: Liberty Leading the people 1831
Presented us with an image of political violence. Yet each of those images is distinctive; there seems to have been little agreement about what that kind of violence ought to look like. Choose two pictures from the second half of the class and write an essay comparing the differing ways in which they depict violence.
Be sure to describe the artworks you discuss. Try, as best as you can, to link the conclusions you draw to specific details in them. In other words, help me see what you’re trying to say about the artworks you’ve opted to examine. And don’t forget – don’t be afraid – to state what seems most obvious.
Make sure you think about your essay as an essay – i.e., it should have an argument/thesis. What is gained by the comparison you introduce? What conclusions can be drawn from it? Another way to think about this: choose wisely. Pick paintings, and a comparison, that will generate good, meaningful writing.
Finally, be sure your essay engages the course readings. At the very least you should have something specific to say about the readings we’ve done around the artworks you discuss. Show me that you’ve read closely and critically.