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Analysis of three paintings, Baroque to post-modern period

1. Choose three (3) works of art from three artists from the Baroque period through the postmodern era.
2. A description of the works including the style. Describe basic facts, as well as the visual appearance of the work (what does the viewer see? Where are key figures located? What tells us that the work is of a particular style?)
3. A summary of the artists' personal philosophies of art (if they can be found in published sources), and the prevailing trends and schools of thought in the art world at the time and in the place the artist was working. For instance, discuss what was taking place in the artist's city, country, and/or church that may have provoked a reaction from the artist or the greater society. Include any information that might help the reader understand the artist's point of view or why the artist made his or her choices in this work of art.
4. Submit the following: A cover page, a fully developed rough draft that addresses number 2 and 3, including an introductory paragraph (with a thesis statement), body, conclusion, a list of references, and images of the 3 works of art you chose.

Impressionists
The three works of art I chose is:
Edouard Manet, Olympia, 1863. Oil on canvas,
Edgar Degas, The Glass of Absinthe, 1876. Oil on canvas,
Claude Monet, Impression- Sunrise, 1872. Oil on canvas,

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You did not mention the formatting protocol that you are expected to use for this class. APA and MLA require different word choices and different formatting for citations. I used APA 6th edition for the suggestions I made in the attached sample. Please augment this beginning with additional content.

Three French Impressionists
The Impressionist movement began in France, and its foremost artists were either French, or came to France and worked there. Impressionism had some distinguishing characteristics which separated it from other art periods. Impressionist painters were intrigued with the interplay of light with subject matter, and with the common people. Previous painters sought commissions from wealthy patrons, and Impressionist painters instead sought to capture real life, even if that real life was slightly or outright seedy. This treatise will examine three Impressionist artist's works with an eye for these defining characteristics.

Image obtained from http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/manet/olympia/

Edouard Manet painted this reclining nude, entitled Olympia, in 1863 as a contemporary take on an Old Masters style portrait similar to Renaissance paintings by Titian. What is contemporary is the tone of the painting and the color scheme that he chose to use. Contrasting the light skin tones and draperies with the dark background caused some negative comments when the work was displayed in 1865 (Pioch, July, 2002), not tomention the subject matter! The painting depicts a regal reclining ...

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Analysis of three French Impressionist paintings, Edouard Manet, Olympia, 1863. Oil on canvas, Edgar Degas, The Glass of Absinthe, 1876. Oil on canvas, Claude Monet, Impression- Sunrise, 1872. Oil on canvas,

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