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Art Questions

  1. Compare and contrast how these two artists have used the formal aspects of painting to explore the idea of work.

Edgar Degas, 1834 - 1917

Woman Ironing (1892-1895)

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool


Marées, Hans von 1837-1887

The Rowers (1873)

w1665 x h1360 mm

Alte Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin


  1. How has the artist represented Lucrezia Borgia in this painting? (Note: Lucrezia Borgia (18 April 1480 – 24 June 1519) was the illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, the powerful Renaissance Valencian who later became Pope Alexander VI.)

Frank Cadogan Cowper

Lucretia Borgia Reigns in the Vatican in the Absence of Pope Alexander VI (1910)

Oil on canvas

w15370 x h2210 mm

Tate Britain


  1. What personal qualities of the artist are suggested by this self-portrait? Explain with particular reference to colour and composition.

Raymond McIntyre

Self portrait (1915)

w408 x h515 mm

oil on panel

Te Papa




4. How have these artists used line to create tension in their works?

František Kupka

The Cathedral (1912 - 1913)

Oil on Canvas

w1500 x h1800 mm

Museum Kampa


Sol LeWitt

Pyramid  (2005)

painted wood

w1219 x h1219 x d1219 mm

Art Gallery of New South Wales


  1. Discuss how the artists of this work have represented ideas about community and revolution.

Ayala Museum Staff (Historians, Researchers, Artists) and Artisans from Paete, Laguna

Diorama 34: The Revolution Against Spain Begins, Manila, 1896 (1974 - 2011)

Mixed media installation (Diorama)

Ayala Museum


  1. Critically evaluate how the artists’ choice of materials has influenced the meaning of the work.


Tony Cragg

Spyrogyra (1992)

glass and steel

w2100 x h2200 mm

Art Gallery of New South Wales



Imperial Cover or Hanging (1850)

silk and metal thread embroidery on silk

w3352 x h2743 mm

Denver Art Museum


  1. What does this artworks say about Australia’s cultural identity at the time it was created?

Sidney NOLAN

Glenrowan-Ned Kelly Series (1946)

enamel on composition board

w1212 x h909 mm

National Gallery of Australia



8a. You are curating a new exhibition about the role and value of the audience in contributing to the meaning of artworks. Justify why the following two works should be included in the exhibition.

8b. How do these works challenge mainstream values about what art is?


Dieter Roth

Solo Scenes (1997 - 1998)

Monitors with digitized videos (color, duration variable), and shelving units

MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art



Barbara Kruger

Untitled (You Invest in the Divinity of the Masterpiece) (1982)


w1158 x h1822 mm

MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art


  1. Discuss how the following installations use space to increase audience involvement. Why is this important?


Mastaba Tomb of Perneb (ca. 2381–2323 B.C.)

Limestone, paint

h4822 mm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art



Ugo Rondinone

what do you want? 

wood, mirror, plaster, speakers, sound

w6500 x h4290 x d50 mm

The Art Gallery of New South Wales


  1. How do these three works by Edvard Munch deal with the psychological experience of the modern person? How has his expression of these issues changed? What remains the same? Refer to your personal experience to these artworks in your response.


Edvard Munch

Evening. Melancholy I (1896)


w557 x h411 mm

The Munch Museum, Oslo

Edvard Munch

Workers on their Way Home (1913 - 1914)


w2010 x h2270 mm

The Munch Museum, Oslo 

Edvard Munch

Ashes 1925


w2000 x h1400 mm

The Munch Museum, Oslo