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Art in Canada FFAR 250 Social Contexts presented to Mark Mullin on December 3 1999 written by Marguerite Gravelle 4320662 1 When analysing an artwork what is to be gained from considering the social context in which it was created Are there possible drawbacks to this methodology Provide clear examples to substantiate your argument When analysing artwork in any form there are often times social contexts in which can be interpreted Not always does the history behind the painting need to be revealed to fully understand the concept of the artwork yet it is helpful in determining if the artwork is truthful in its representation Although in analysing artwork it is likely that there are drawbacks to considering the social context To illustrate this point Im going to use the visual arts as my medium of choice Understanding the social context can be an important tool An advantage of knowing the history of the painting or sculpture can really enrich our knowledge being in the 20th soon to be 21st century about some of the social periods from previous times It can demonstrate how traditions were carried out how they had an impact on the different social classes Its a visual teaching aid of a sort Even in the time period of which the artwork was created can be used as a tool to show how the life was in different parts of the world It was also used as a hammer in the realist movement to show the upper classes that life for the poor was horrible The visual arts is the only medium in which the pictorial image creates a universal language in which anyone regardless of nationality or social class can interpret The text which is created by this language often creates a context which is left open to interpretation Contexts are created by the artist critics judges the public
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