I'm taking an art class, and I'm trying to decide what artist is the best one to write a paper on. I have to write some background and history of the artist, as well as how that incorporates into any themes in his/her artwork.
Have any ideas? I'm free to any suggestions. I'd like someone who's not a an obvious choice, like Picasso or Andy Warhol, but not someone that is buried deep in history that would be hard to research.
I believe Western artists are preferred, but non-Western artists can be approved by the professor if he chooses.
How about American Homer Winslow? Can't go wrong with him dear.
Try Wassily Kandinsky - a founder of the Bauhaus in the 20's in Germany.
Some of the really fun artists to read and write about are:
Any of The Futurists, The futurist manifesto is ripe for review
(and my favorite art movement)
Paul Gauguin is a good story, everyone knows van gogh but interactions between gauguin and van gogh are not so well known, but are surprisingly well documented through their letters
http://www.vangoghletters.org/vg/quickg … l?redirect
For an easy write on working life into art: georgia O'keefe, but maybe a little on the popular side, but i dont think her background/life story is to "obvious'..at least it wasnt to me, before art history classes
William Blake is extremely interesting, and there is a lot of information available - He was a very complicated man.
If you want something from leftfield, my sister completed a dissertation on the wall murals painted in Northern Ireland during the troubles. Not sure if that fits your description - it is hard to track down specific artists
I'll throw mine in - he's surealist but I love his work, even though it's strange and often visually disturbing. He's also not just a painter. Anyway - H.R. Giger
He's certainly interesting.
We have a few things in common sufi *nods*
'Tis true, but then I am your sockpuppet, after all.
I don't know if you heard of the Giger 'Penis Landscape' case - The Dead Kennedys were taken for court for including a copy with their album.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Kenne … rosecution
Oh Gods - go on, start another quiet mumbling about 'who is' the frog. I have so many me's I forget who I am, what day of the week we're on and whether I'm male or female. A puzzle in the morning when sometimes Im running my hands through my tangled mop (woman thing) or should be running my hand through my tangled mop (man thing) and have a good scratch at the same time
Thanks for the link BTW.
I hope one of us has helped anyway. Meaning Whitney
Guys you've definitely given me a place to start.
It looks like most of the artists have been non-Westerners. Some are in the book, but not in the university edition (meaning the special university edition that I had to buy is missing half of the original book). I have to ask about those.
I'm sort of leaning towards Wassily Kandinsky, Umberto Boccioni, and William Blake. Blake isn't in the index, but the other two are, meaning Kandinsky and Boccioni were both in the original version of the book.
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