Visual Arts History 1040 Study Guide - Final Guide: Deconstruction, Industrial Revolution, Surrealism
DepartmentVisual Arts History
Course CodeVAH 1040
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1. Discuss the significance of Gustave Courbet’s The Stone Breakers (1849) and
his Burial at Ornan of the same year in terms of their political connotations.
-both speak of present and underlying presence of past
-breaking from classic painting style
-plight of working class on large scale
-political statements (death a common passage of life) (young generation is
2. Discuss the presence of both older Renaissance influences and newer Realist
tendencies in Edouard Manet’s Olympia (1863). Explain why, at this time,
this work was controversial.
-older influence borrows from Venus of Ombrigio
-controversial because style and subject matter
3. Compare and contrast Claude Monet’s Rouen Cathedral (1892-1894) with
David Smith’s Cubi XIX (1964). Explain how these artworks reflect
Impressionist ideals. Account for their similarities as well as their
-explore idea of light and light changes
-attention to medium itself
4. Discuss the ways in which Fernand Leger’s The City (1919) and Three Women
(1921) reflect the mindset and aesthetic tendencies of the period during
which they were created.
-fragmentation and deconstruction
-influence of technology
-industrial revolution / mass production
5. How does Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory (1931) exemplify
Surrealist qualities? Discuss two other artworks/art objects in relation to
-paranoid critical method
-making the piece have realist qualities but of dream scenes
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