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Length: 4-5 pages (1000-1250 words, double-spaced, 12-point type)

Choose one of the following broad thesis statements (which relate to class themes and readings), and at least three related artworks, and then do the following:


  • narrow the thesis down and refine it to make a more specific claim with regard to the artworks you have chosen
  • use the evidence from your research to support the thesis.


For many artists in the late 19th and earlier 20th centuries, an emphasis on the use of non-naturalistic colours was a key means for developing new modes of artistic expression. (Classes 2, 3. Suggested artists: Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and the Fauves, Ernst Kirchner and other members of Die Brücke)


For the Cubist artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, jokes, puns, and visual games played an important role in their development of a groundbreaking new artistic style. (Class 4. Suggested artists: Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque)


(*This highlighted text is the topic that I have chosen for this assignment.)




1) Use the observations you made in the first written assignment – the Research Log Worksheet – as a jumping off point to write a carefully crafted and well-argued research paperon your selected topic.

2) Choose THREE artworks to focus on in your paper. The artworks may be by the same artist, or different artists.

3) Provide a figure number (i.e. Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc.) for any image you include in the paper, the first time you mention it. Put the figure number in brackets at the end of the sentence. Provide the figure number again if you compare this work to another work. At the end of the paper, include your illustrations, and identify each one with the appropriate figure number.


4) Your opening paragraph should include yourthesis statement,which will put forward the argument you are going to make about the artworks you are focusing on. The thesis statement is an important element and MUST BE INCLUDED in the opening paragraph. In other words, avoid generalizations at the start of your essay and focus on your thesis from the very beginning.


5) Support your thesisby comparing the three artworks you have chosen, and through additional research from AT LEAST FOUR scholarly sources (which can include the one you used for the first written assignment).


6) Your scholarly sources should consist of secondary sources (i.e. books by art historians, articles in scholarly journals by art historians), andprimary sources, if appropriate (i.e. writing by artists and/or critics from the period of the works you discuss).


7) Be sure to cite your sources thoroughly in order to avoid plagiarism, a very serious academic office. You are to follow the guidelines from the Chicago Manual of Style. For tips on how to cite your sources properly and avoid plagiarism, consult your course syllabus.


8) Provide a title page that includes the title of your essay. The title of the essay should relate to or signal your thesis.Also include your name, student number, and course information. Add page numbers to your research paper, but do not include the title page, or the pages with the image illustrations, in your page count.


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__ Include colour illustrations of any works you discuss with your research paper (see #3 above for formatting instructions).

__ Submit your first written assignment with your research paper, so that we may refer back to this when marking the research paper – both assignments will be returned to you at the final exam. (Staple the two assignments together; place the research paper on top.)

__ Fill in and submit the Academic Integrity Checklist with your hard copy.

__ Submit a copy of your research paper to

Important note: your research paper WILL NOT BE MARKED until you have submitted the Academic Integrity Checklist to us, and submitted your research paper to

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