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An Appreciation of Nineteenth-century Artworks and a Review of the Historical Context

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DOI: 10.38007/Proceedings.0002083


Sunyi Zhu and Minghong Sun

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Sunyi Zhu


Abstract: During the 19th century, the flourishing course of this period motivates the innovation and origination of various art movements and styles that are spread quickly because of the increased convenience of transportation (Nochlin 1). Although a part of painting styles lived only for a short period or limited within small districts, others were widely spread and had profound influences on artworks of Modernity (Nochlin 7). Regardless of how long these paintings have lasted or how wide they have affected, these paintings reflect this specific era's societal, political, and cultural changes. This final project picks one figurative painting from each of these five styles as case studies that support analysing similarities and differences of formal elements and subject matter presented by these painting styles of the period, showcasing the significant historical context embodied by these artworks. These picked paintings are Ophelia, Bonaparte Visiting the Plague Victims of Jaffa, Rue Transnonain, Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist's Garden at Argenteuil, and Raft of the Medusa. The following of this essay first analyses similarities and differences of formal elements presented by these five paintings. Then, comparing historical contexts of these paintings.


Keywords: Formal Elements; Space Analyse; Color Analyse; Three-dimensional