Green River Community College Art Works of Formal Analysis


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Question 1 - Formal Analysis

Write a formal analysis for the following artwork. This analysis should be roughly 300 words and must be written in your own words. The formal analysis is a visual examination of an artwork. Good formal analyses are a mix of strong organizational writing and Ekphrasis. Your formal analysis should be almost entirely based on what you can see. You can identify figures within the artwork, but you should not waste time unpacking the narrative, iconography, or historical context of the artwork. You can refer to the Elements and Principals of Art and Design as well as the YouTube video of visual (formal) analyses in the following.

This essay will be graded on the thoroughness and cohesiveness of your formal analysis, as well as the organization of your description. These artworks are a whole and each of the elements you discuss should be considered as part of this whole. Make sure your reader knows why the elements you discuss are important. Do not spend time identifying your selected work instead of analyzing it.

Image #1 - Georgia O’Keefe, Red Canna, 1919. (the image was attached below)

Question 2 - Combined analysis

Use the image in the following and write a combined analysis for that artwork. The analysis should be 500 words and should include at least 3 different Modes of Analyses, in addition to a brief formal analysis. Please make clear to your reader which modes you are employing. Each mode should offer a thorough analysis of the artwork.

The essay should begin with a brief description of the image (formal analysis). This description does not need to be as detailed as the formal analysis in the Question 1, but should provide a solid base on which you can mount your combined analysis.

The grade will be based on the breadth, depth, and insight of your analysis. A good combined analysis will explore the discourse, or conversation, about an artwork. I am not expecting you to create original scholarship on these artworks, but to show a grasp of the basic art history surrounding them. You should make your best effort to write a cohesive and organized essay.

Image #2 - Pablo Picasso, Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier), 1910

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Formal analysis

Georgia O’Keefe, Red Canna, 1919
Red Canna is a moderately sized oil painting, originally painted on a 33cm by 24.1cm
board. The painting, a canna lily, occupied about one third of the board, and it sits at the center
of the frame occupying the space from top to bottom. The flower’s base almost fills the bottom
as it occupies much of the space at the bottom of the frame. From the base, it narrows for a few
centimeters before spreading open with beautiful petals of orange and yellow. At the top, it
narrows again to end in earlike structures. The entire flower looks like a rabbit sitting up and
looking at the audience whereby its legs and lower part corresponds with the base of the flower,
it neck corresponding with the flower’s stem, the head serving as the flower petals, and its ears
top part of the flower.
The flower is framed by dark yellow and dark green towards top right, and dark blue
elsewhere. There i...

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