art history formal analysis

art history formal analysis

Order Description

The Draft Paper (Formal Analysis) constitutes a valuable opportunity for carefully choosing and laying the foundations of your Final Paper for this course. Not only will this plan allow you to begin thinking about your chosen subject but it will also enable you to receive constructive feedback on thinking, analytical, and writing skills. You will be expected to independently select two works of art from the Victorian Era and the first half of the Modern Period covered in this course.
1. William Adolphe Bouguereau’s The Bathers
2. Georges Seurat’s Final Study for “Bathers at Asnieres”

The main aim of the Draft Paper is to develop your formal analysis skills. So in structuring your essay, you will be expected to systematically and exhaustively analyze your chosen works of art considering the following:

Formal analysis points that may be addressed:

Composition (closed form / open form- mainly or not so much)

Colours

Lines (linear / paintery line)

Perspective/Flatness (plane or recession)

Technique

Materiality
(absolute clarity relative clarity )
Contextual analysis points to be addressed:

Identification of movement or period

Influences

Cultural background

Historical context

Biographical notes

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