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Research Paper: Potential Subjects

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams: Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, gelatin silver print, 272×343 mm, c. 1937 (Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona); © 2013 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust - image from Oxford Art Online

Researching your Topic

Select a work of art from the list below, write a thesis statement and select a method of interpretation, research the work of art, write a research paper, and one paragraph summarizing your findings to share with the class in a discussion.

2.1 James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: Blue and Gold – Old Battersea Bridge, 1872-1875, oil on canvas

2.7 Berthe Morisot, In a Villa at the Seaside, 1874, oil on canvas

2.16 Augustus of Primaporta, early 1st century C.E., marble

3.9 Marc Chagall, I and the Village, 1911, oil on canvas

3.24 Asher Brown Durand, Kindred Spirits, 1849, oil on canvas

7.6 Diego Rivera, Detroit Industry, 1953-53, fresco

8.3 Utagawa Hiroshige, Light Rain at Shono, 1832-33, woodcut

8.10 Albrecht Dürer, The Knight, Death, and the Devil, 1513, engraving

9.11 Ansel Adams, Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, California, 1944, photograph

13.13 Faith Ringgold, Tar Beach, 1988, mixed media

17.5 Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, c. 1480, tempera on canvas

17.21 Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434, oil on panel

17.16 Caravaggio, The Conversion of Saint Paul, 1600-01, oil on canvas

17.23 Jan Vermeer, The Kitchen Maid, c. 1658, oil on canvas

17.30 Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Happy Accidents of the Swing, 1767, oil on canvas

18.17 Fan Kuan, Travelers Among Mountains and Streams, Song Dynasty, early 11th century

21.4  Francisco de Goya, The Third of May, 1808, 1814, oil on canvas

21.5 J.M.W. Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, 1834, oil on canvas

21.6 Thomas Cole, The Oxbow, 1836, oil on canvas

21.11 Gustave Courbet, The Stone Breakers, 1848, oil on canvas

21.20 Claude Monet, Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare St-Lazare, 1877, oil on canvas

21.24 Mary Cassatt, The Boating Party, 1893-94, oil on canvas

21.26 George Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte, 1884-86, oil on canvas

21.22 Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876, oil on canvas

21.32 Paul Gauguin, Mahana no Atua (Day of God), 1894, oil on canvas

22.4 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Street, Berlin, 1913, oil on canvas

23.26 Frida Kahlo, The Two Fridas, 1939, oil on canvas

23.27 Edward Hopper, Nighthawks, 1942, oil on canvas

23.31 Jacob Lawrence, General Toussaint l’Ouverture…, 1937-38, gouache on paper

24.2 Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950, oil on canvas

24.21 Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych, 1962, ink on canvas

24.37 Nancy Spero, Rebirth of Venus, 1984, handprinting on paper

25.5 Anselm Kiefer, Osiris and Isis, 1985-87, oil, acrylic, emulsion, clay, porcelain




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Assignment Parameters

This assignment requires you to select a work of art from the list, research the work of art, submit a rough draft of your research paper, submit your research paper, and one paragraph summarizing your findings to share with the class in a discussion.  The paper must be 5 pages, typed (no larger than 12 point font and 1 ¼” margins), and double spaced.   The Chicago Style is the required for citations and the bibliography (7 sources minimum/your textbook and Oxford Art Online count as sources).  

Blogs, wikipedia, and websites are not acceptable forms of research for any assignment in this course.

The Research Paper will not be accepted after August 24.


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