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ARTIST RESEARCH

WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT

A01
1. Develop ideas through investigations
2. Demonstrating critical understanding of sources
You explain what ideas
you get from the artist
ARTIST RESEARCH
Critical Analysis
WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT

A01
1. Develop ideas through investigations
2. Demonstrating critical understanding of sources
DO NOT INCLUDE THE LIFE HISTORY OF THE ARTIST
From the internet you can find:

 Who
To Analyse in depth – Choose 1 artwork to talk about!!
 Where
 When
 What

 Inspiration
 Process
 Media

 What you’ll need you head for:


Where you
 Analysis demonstrate
critical
 Interpretation understanding
Henri Matisse La Gerb 1953
ANALYSE BY DESCRIBING
THE ART ELEMENTS
COMPOSITION
USE OF MEDIA

MOOD – HOW DO THE ART ELEMENTS, COMPOSITION, MEDIA CREATE THIS MOOD?

Line, shape, texture, value/tone, space, colour Thick, thin, heavy, light, strong,

Focal Point, foreground, background


FORMAL ANALYSIS
1.What is the mood of the painting?
2. What is your initial reaction to it?
3. How has the artist utilized the elements of composition line, texture, space, colour and shape to create
this mood, or establish the content of the work?
4. How would you describe the line quality?
5. How would you describe the brushwork?
6. What is the focal point?
7. How do the elements of composition, draw you into the painting?
8. How does the line quality, colour relationships, shapes, spatial considerations textural surface contribute
to the understanding of the painting's content?
9. Is the texture slick or matte?
10. Shiny or dull?
11. Describe the colour harmonies and contrasts in the composition.
12. Are warm colours (those colours that are warm in nature, red-yellow-orange) used by the artist?
13. Are cool colours (those colours that are cool in nature, violet-green-blue) used by the artist?
14. Is there an overall colour theme or tonality used?
15. Has the artist used dramatic light and dark lighting effects, much like stage lighting (chiaroscuro) effects
in the painting or work of art?
16. Where are you the viewer in relationship to the painting?
17. Are forms organized on a flat plane or are they set deep into space?
18. How does the artist achieve this?
19. What objects are low on the compositional plane? What objects are high?
20. What objects or figures are clear and distinct? What object are blurry?
21. Is the composition closed or open?
22. Is harmony achieved in the composition through formal, asymmetrical, or intuitive balance devices?
23. Are the shapes biomorphic? geometrical?
24. Are the shapes diffused? highly delineated? painterly?
25. What are the relationship of the elements of composition to the overall meaning of the work of art?
INTERPRETATION
1. What does the painting "say" to you personally? HOW ARE
2. How has the artist used the elements of composition-line, texture, space,
colour, and she to create meaning or content? YOU
3. What is the function of this work of art?
4. What connection do you see between subject matter and the techniques used? INSPIRED
5. How successful has the artist been in presenting and synthesizing the elements
of composition with the overall content of the work of art?
BY THIS
6. What is your subjective reaction to the work of art?
7. What is the cultural meaning and context of the work of art?
WORK?
8. How does the work of art reflect the social, political, aesthetic, psychological, or
cultural ideas of its time?
9. What do you know abut other works of art by this artist? What ideas
10. How are the attributes of artist's individual style examined and explored
in this particular work? do you get
11. What is the function of the work?
12. Who might the audience or buyer be for this piece?
for this
13. How do others react to this work? How do they interpret it? project?
DEADLINES

Mind Map/ Mood board - 26th February


First Artist research – 5th March