Researching an art object requires research on the artist who created the object, and the style and period during which the object was created. You must first establish a foundation of knowledge about who and what influenced the making of the art object. This means spending time reading biographical material and topic overviews about the style and period associated with the object. This kind of background knowledge is crucial to understanding the deeper more scholarly sources you are expected to incorporate in your writing.
Made in France, 1902-4
Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906
Oil on canvas
28 3/4 x 36 3/16 inches (73 x 91.9 cm)
The George W. Elkins Collection, 1936
Writing about art requires a solid thesis statement stating your argument.
Accurately, comprehensively, and consistently cite all quotes and paraphrased references used in the body of the paper.
Requires contextualizing your object within the history of art, and the artist’s body of work.
Requires connecting the dots between the stylistic and artistic influences of your object.
Requires researching beyond your specific object.
is NOT like writing a book report.
is NOT merely summarizing several sources you’ve read that explain your object.