Art Essay Topics

Expressions of the self through the body

Within the framework of the 21st Century, western society is increasingly exposed to images and ideologies of the embodiment of ‘success’ and ‘happiness’. The media is rife with these conceptualisations and affects us all on varying levels of influence and intensity. The very basis of the study of the social sciences (that various spheres of… View Article

Vermeer’s Secret Science

A great teacher once told me that the key to art is not to create, he said the only reason we have “old masters” is because they had “ideas”. “Just as a Shakespeare created plays?” “Yes, he created, but is that the reason he is studied worldwide?” “Well, being the only known writer of the… View Article

Shahrzad: An Accidental Surrealist?

1. Introduction The Persian legacy has been immortalized by its literature, poetry, and songs. Persian poets such as Omar Khayam and Jalal ul-Din Rumi have been translated into hundreds of languages around the world. Subsequently the late 19th and primarily the 20th century saw a rise of women litt�rateurs and poets. Famous personalities such as… View Article

In Latin and other languages, Fluxus literally means flow and change

In Latin and other languages, “Fluxus” literally means “flow” and “change.” Similarly, the related English word “flux” is used variously to mean “a state of continuous change”,”a fusion.” Fluxus ideas were prevalent well before the 1960’s, growing with the idea of intermedia, but first summarised, exemplified and presented in a festival jointly organised by the… View Article

Art and Society

All art – whether it be visual, music, literature, film, etc. – is affected by the specific cultural climate in which it is produced (time, place, social conventions, etc.) and is often created in reaction to “movements” or styles that came before it. How important is it to know these sorts of historical details to… View Article

The Life and Work of Salvador Dali

Select an artist whose work has not been studied in class. In point form present a brief biography of the artist’s life. Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech was born on May 11, 1904 in the town of Figueras, Catalonia, Spain, and was the son of a prestigious notary public. Dali devoted much time… View Article

The Psychological World of the Artist

“Analyse the psychological world of the artist in relation to their artwork.” An artist’s psychological world can have a significant impact on their artwork, as is the case with many of the artworks done by artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol. Artemisia Gentileschi’s psychological world was greatly affected by her experiences… View Article

Analysis of ‘Lady in Black’ by Francis Cadell

Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, associated with the Scottish colourists was born in Edinburgh in 1883 and by the age of 16 was studying at the Academie Julian in Paris. During his career he was very much influenced by the Fauvists such as Matisse and on his return to Scotland exhibited much of his own work… View Article

Fine Art

Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Art was originally used to refer to a skill or mastery and was not differentiated from crafts or sciences (“Art,” 2013,… View Article

The art of Bonsai

The main definition of bonsai as an outlet for both art and horticulture is quite wide. There are many myths which are associated with bonsai. These not only provide confusion for budding enthusiasts, but gives the pastime a bad name for anyone not majorly experienced in the area. A bonsai is not a genetically dwarfed… View Article

Appiled Arts

Although we now tend to refer to the various crafts according to the materials used to construct them-clay, glass, wood, fiber, and metal-it was once common to think of crafts in terms of function, which led to their being known as the “applied arts. ” Approaching crafts from the point of view of function, we… View Article

Three Theories of Art

Harold Osborne (Aesthetics and Art Theory) identified three basic ways in which we can think about works of art. In the simplest sense, a work of art has certain physical properties. It is made of a material (e. g. , wood, marble, clay, paint on canvas, ink on paper) which possesses texture, contains shapes, occupies… View Article

Art After Philosophy (1969) Joseph Kosuth

The fact that it has recently become fashionable for physicists themselves to be sympathetic toward religion . . . marks the physicists’ own lack of confidence in the validity of their hypotheses, which is a reaction on their part from the antireligious dogmatism of nineteenth-century scientists, and a natural outcome of the crisis through which… View Article