How To Critique ART: Powerpoint from class.

Worksheet for Critiquing Art

Open and print or complete onscreen following the directions below.

Use one of the three images below as the artwork to Critique.
Fill the sheet out completely and be descriptive when writing.
Grammer and punctuation count.

1. GEORGES SEURAT: "Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande-Jatte", 1884-86 - oil on canvas, 207.6 - 308 cm. - Chicago, Art institute - view high resolution image
"Sunday afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte" is Seurat's most important masterpiece (he spent more than two years painting this huge canvas, creating more than 50 preliminary sketches and drawings), the best example of "pointillism" painting and a milestone of late 19th century Art.

2.EDGAR DEGAS: “The dance class", c.1874 - oil on canvas, 83.2 x 76.8 cm - Musée d’Orsay, Paris - view high resolution image
Degas paintings of young dancers or ballerinas are among his greatest -and of course most famous- achievements. Degas depicted these young girls as true professionals, practicing all day long under the strict tutelage of the master. In this canvas, the dance master appears at the center-right of the composition, supervising the scene like an authority at the height of his powers.degas-dance-class.jpg

3.GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE: "Paris Street, rainy day" 1877 - oil on canvas, 212.2 - 276.2 cm. - Paris, Musée d'Orsay - view high resolution image
This is Caillebotte's most famous and ambitious painting, exhibited at the Third Impressionist Exhibition at the Rue Le Peletier, where it was not well accepted by the critic. L'Évenement wrote about this painting: "the drawing is of good quality, but Caillebotte has forgotten to include the rain". Anyways, this is one of the best representations of 19th century Paris ever painted.