Aesthetics

What is the Mimetic Theory?

The Mimetic Theory is concerned with the art work itself.
It is a reflection of nature.
The work is a correct representation of reality.

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What is the Hedonist Theory?

The Hedonist Theory is concerned with the art work and the audience.
For a work of art to be considered a good work of art, it needs to bring pleasure to the audience.

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What is the Expressivist Theory?

The Expressivist Theory is concerned with the artist in a work of art.
Art that fits this category may communicate ideas, feelings and the emotions of the artists.
It does not necessarily have to involve the audience, as long as the artist was able to express their inner feelings.
These ideas, if conveyed, are usually communicated forcefully by the artist.

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What is the Formalist Theory?

The Formalist Theory is concerned with the art work itself. It is concened with the “formal properties”, such as color, shape, rhythm, balance, etc… Is is not interested in what the art work represents or what it expresses. What matters most is form, not content.

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What is the Instrumentalist Theory?

The Instrumentalist Theory is concerned with the audience. Having the audience receive the message that the artist if trying to convey is the most important thing. It can be an idea, a statement, but the depth of communication is most important.

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How to Look at a Work of Art

How to Look at a Work of Art:

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Art criticism sounds like it could be easy. It is. There are 5 easy steps that you must follow.

Art Definitions

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“Youth”

“The Oath of the Horatii”

“The Return from Market”

“The Conversion of Saint Paul”

“Mona Lisa”

“A Young Hare”

“The Arnolfini Marriage”

“Woman with a Parasol”

“The Railroad”

“Dance Class at the Opéra”

“The Flower Picker”

“Tulips in a Vase”

“Flowers in a Glass Beaker ”

“La Promenade”

“The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis”

“Autumn”

“Starry Night”

“Green Stripe (Madame Matisse)”

“The Scream”

“Composition IV”
Kandinsky said…… “Black is like the silence of the body after death, the close of life.”

“Fighting Forms”

Robert Motherwell

Victor Vasserely

Mark Rothko

Stuart Davis

Marc Chagall

Jasper Johns

Helen Frankenthaler

Joan Miro

Carraviggio

Francisco Goya

Honre Daumier

Edward Hopper

Kathe Kollwitz

Norman Rockwell

Maxfield Parrish

Maurice Sendak

Faith Ringgold

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