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Use your first paragraph to do a detailed analysis of Fan Kuan, Travelers Among Mountains and Streams. Include formal (visual) analysis as well as historical and cultural context. Consider for example what you can observe first-hand about the work, what you know about the artist, what movement the work belongs to, how it was received by the public, what was going on in history at this time, and what impact it had. Use your information-gathering exercise as a guide to include all the details you can think of. Five sentences minimum, no maximum.
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Use your second paragraph to do a detailed analysis of Shen Zhou, Lofty Mount Lu. Include formal (visual) analysis as well as historical and cultural context. Consider for example what you can observe first-hand about the work, what you know about the artist, what movement the work belongs to, how it was received by the public, what was going on in history at this time, and what impact it had. Use your information-gathering exercise as a guide to include all the details you can think of. Five sentences minimum, no maximum.
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For your third paragraph, draw comparisons between the two works (at least two similarities and two differences) and MAKE SURE you address the point of this comparison! Why are we looking at these two works side by side, and what do we learn from it? Did style and subject matter change according to historical context? Did the two artists express similar ideas but in different ways? A great rule of thumb is to include the statement, “The point of this comparison is…” in your third paragraph, just to make sure you address that vital point! Examples of such a point of comparison might include such factors as: (1) the artists both worked during the same time but they had different loyalties, so their subject matter reflected this, (2) the time period is significantly different so, though the works are in similar styles, they expressed different ideals in line with current politics, or (3) these artists chose very different subject matter that was personal to each of them, even though the ideals they expressed were fundamentally similar. Please note that these are just examples and don’t necessarily apply to the comparison you are doing. Five sentences minimum, no maximum.

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