Sample Coursework Paper on Art Analysis

Part one:  Initial Post

A closer look at the initial post, it gives a clear indication on the instructions that needs to be followed while answering the question on art analysis. The elaboration on the various stances of the module on the explanation of the historical context gives us the notion of exploring the linkages that are found in the cultural context of the art and how it relates with the historical background of the same. The use of impressionist and romanticism that is instructed in this post allows for in depth analysis of the whole analysis. the ideologies that are to be explained provides grounds for insights on the significance of the art itself.

Part two: Response 1

The analysis of the Mary Cassatt art has been well explained by the post. The expression of the art as an oil painting done in 1893 during the impressionist period gives the art a credible sense of authenticity. In this painting Mary Cassatt is keen to give the impression of the affection that a mother should give her child while at their tender age. this notion has been well brought out by the post. The painting explicates the mother bathing her daughter which brings out the sign of parental care on the child. This art also provides the ground for a cultural practice that was evident in this period; it was the duty of the mothers to take care of their children. Mary reminds the citizens at this time the importance of nurturing a child and making sure that they get the best out of their mothers (Streissguth 32).

Additionally, this post connotes that the painting discloses the vital role that the women have in the society. If we recall, these periods of time, the placement of women in the society was not much prominent. With this painting, the author tries to give the impression that the women have a huge responsibility of bringing up the healthy kids since there was a belief that healthy children would lead to healthy nation. The role of a mother in nurturing their children in a societal context was quite indispensible. Mary also broke social barriers by being one of the only women to claim success during the Impressionist time period (Noble 51). She was strong and independent. Mary Cassatt worked to earn her place among the renowned artists of the time, such as Degas. Edgar Degas was also one of her mentors. He helped give her paintings a place and validity during this time period. I think the context for this painting would be social. It, along with others Cassatt did, depicts the relationship between mother and child. In every piece Mary Cassatt created with this subject matter you can see the contentment and ease between the subjects.

Part three: Response 2

The post that talks about “Absinthe Drinker” by Edgar Degras has expressly digested the various tenets of the art with keen intention of revealing some of the vital organs precepts of the art. The cultural influence brought out by this painting, as explained in the post, is that the clothing of the man and woman in the art are typical ancient clothing evident in England and various parts of the United Kingdom. The post also asserts that the difference in alcohol being taken depicts the placement of both the women and men in the society (Brodskai︠a︡ 154). For example, for the women, they are portrayed as conservative in the picture as connoted by the Absinthe which she drinks.  Absinthe is associated with the conservative culture of bohemian and as a results, the piece tries to give an impression that the women were suppressed in the society as also depicted by the dullness in the woman’s eye (Fichner-Rathus 176).

The post connotes that while the impressionist portrait gives a clear understanding of the whole context of impunity against women, the romanticism portrait could have given a much clearer picture of the whole context since the romanticism period of painting provided room for clear and peculiar art which was more real than the impressionists. Additionally in the social context, woman in the picture is depicted as a whore giving an impression of moral decadence which emanates from the influence of absinthe alcohol (Noble 212). The role of the painting was therefore to send a strong message on the adverse effects that alcohol has on the wellbeing of the human being. Furthermore, the inception of the whole context of dark colors on the painting gives the impression of absurd behavior that derails the society of their noble women and men.


Works cited

Brodskai︠a︡, N V, and Edgar Degas. Edgar Degas. New York: Parkstone International, 2012. Internet resource.

Fichner-Rathus, Lois. Foundations of Art and Design. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, 2012. Print.

Getlein, Frank. Mary Cassatt: Paintings and Prints. New York: Abbeville Press, 1980. Print.

Noble, Marty. Color Your Own Mary Cassatt Masterpieces. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2000. Print.

Noble, Marty. Dover Masterworks: Color Your Own Degas Paintings. Place of publication not identified: Dover Pubns, 2014. Print.

Streissguth, Thomas. Mary Cassatt: Portrait of an American Impressionist. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1999. Print.