Subject: English & Literature
Language: English (U.S.)
Pages: 2
The first stage of your analysis is to find information about the works and their respective artists, and to document that information. Use the sheet provided to help you gather important information. Be sure to include information about the possible artist influences and reference any special subject matter depicted in the works. After you have had a chance to research the basic information about your particular works of art, try to describe it using the elements of art that we have discussed in class. The second stage of the assignment will include taking the information you have about the works (including your analysis of the elements of art, subject matter and artistic media), and presenting it in essay form. The third and last stage of your analysis will be to refine your writing and to make any changes necessary before the next class.

Compare contrast essay

1.     Paintings

Artist: Beethoven

Year Born/ year died: 1770- 1802


Tolstoi is an author who has written a book on “What is Art?” He begins by defining art plausibly and then by well thought out and logical reasoning, he demonstrates and exposes the many great world heroes of art such as Beethoven born in and Shakespeare. It is only from the true definition of the art of paining that we can be able to make a genera statement as to what painting really should be. The history of painting is as old as that of humankind itself and might even be longer; tracing is from the primitive men who lived earlier on that we hardly know much about. However, their paintings reveal to us a particular message that we are able to understand.

Title of Work: Paintings

Background info on work:

Paintings are artistic works that are mainly done for imitation. Painting gained its existence during the era of the early man where he would paint on the walls of the cave he resided the different kinds of animals that he would come across in the forest, even the ones that he hunted by himself. This art has since then developed and evolved even to the present day.

Painting was in times past done by use of charcoal on the walls of the caves. Also, the ancient man used to draw the animals they hunted by use if incised lines on the bones and on the antlers. They used different colours to represent a particular message on the walls of the caves. In all the subsequent paintings since then, we find that the caves seemed to be older than the art drawn on them. This shows that the art of painting had a particular touch of reality and message that would still minister to the human race to date.

Critical analysis of the work:

One of the most curious things as concerning these paintings done by the ancient artists is that they are purely natural and also imitative. They lack a motive linked with decoration and also lack an ornamental sequence. This has therefore caused speculations that these paintings may not have inhibited in them any magic purpose and may have been intended to give a delineator power over the painting done. Even the ancient man must have learned to make in his mind the images of the things around him before he could have thought of them giving him power over themselves.

2.     Sculptures

Artist: Alberto Giacometti

 Year Born/ year died: 1901-1966


Alberto Giacometti is an artist well known for sculptures. He has at various times been identified with the Surrealism and existentialism. He has used his art to convey a unique artistic vision. He began by developing his personal style at the 1920’s by creating abstracted sculptures showing the influence o tribal art.

Title of Work:  Sculptures

Back ground info on work:  

Unlike painting, sculptures are artistic representations that are made from the curving of hard or plastic materials to form three dimensional object or representations Most of the sculptures are designed on freestanding bodies such as rocks. Also clay, wax and plaster are commonly known materials that are used to make sculptures. Just as in painting, the sculptures are used to deliver a particular message to everyone that comes across them.

Sculpture making is also as ancient as the art of painting as it was also done since the ancient man. Sculptures were done by the early man using sharp bones of animals that had slaughtered and also by the use of sharp stones. The term sculpture does not necessarily describe a permanently circumscribed category of objects but goes beyond that, describing a growing art that extends and evolves new kinds of objects as has been the case.

Critical Analysis of the work:

Today we have well developed and high quality curving been done to represent certain features in the world today especially the animals existing in the world today. These curving now come in sizes, been manufactured in already existing companies that have been established just to do the divers types of sculptures. These shows that this art has been developing largely in the world since its foundation.

Sculptures give a much clearer message as the observer interacts with them in three dimensions unlike the painting art that may only use two dimensions. However painting has recently been developing even to include three dimensional paintings. Sculptures I believe take a lot of time to make as compare paintings. Sculptures require much accurate artistic skills unlike painting which may only require one to just represent the image of the things using the colour necessary. Sculptures are an art of making these things.

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