Essay Zone.com - Free essays!
REGISTER NOW!
Login to an existing account
     
GCSE essays
A Level essays
University essays
Forum
Why join?
Essay quality
FAQ

Search forums
About us
Contact us

 

 
How useful do you find ideas of utopia and dystopia in understanding Neo-Impressionism? Free essay! Download now

Home > A Level > Art > How useful do you find ideas of utopia and dystopia in understanding Neo-Impressionism?

How useful do you find ideas of utopia and dystopia in understanding Neo-Impressionism?

You can download this essay for free. All you need to do is register and submit at least one of your essays to us.

Or you can purchase this essay for just $2 instantly without registering

Downloads to date: N/A | Words: 1800 | Submitted: 31-Jan-2005
Spelling accuracy: N/A | Number of pages: | Filetype: Word .doc

Description

Seurat's grotesque caricatures of Parisians at leisure is only one of the artist's strategies for enlightening the viewing public of their moral misconceptions. Seurat's penalty stops short of the working classes, and children: in these cases the airy lightness of fashionable leisure is replaced with the monumentality of corporeal existence, and the artist's handling is accordingly altered. On one hand, frivolity is stripped to reveal a core of oppression, on the other physical monumentality is enhanced until its forms resonate with spiritual significance. Ridicule is set firmly at the feet of the bourgeoise, magnifying the hopelessness of their efforts to be hopeful.

Preview

...
On one hand, frivolity is stripped to reveal a core of oppression, on the other physical monumentality is enhanced until its forms resonate with spiritual significance. Ridicule is set firmly at the feet of the bourgeoise, magnifying the hopelessness of their efforts to be hopeful.

The pervasive sense of disillusionment with the present place and time is evidenced in the desperate hunt for utopias in anti-materialistic, non-civilised societies and practices. It seems that people would rather be anywhere else, at any other time, but, having "bought into" the fashions and materialism of modernity, the public are infected with corresponding pride and manners that instruct a fidelity to consumerism. In one extreme, a guilty anxiety drives the claim to righteousness of one's decisions and the relative amorality of the lifestyle manifests as the thematisation of "better" places as physically or spiritually "beyond" material existence, and consequently entirely unattainable, as with Gaugin. In another means of sidestepping the amorality of modern life, a lively and spontaneous technique show it to be exciting and desirable, indeed already idyllic, as with Renoir.

It shall become apparent that Seurat's work is neither defensively utopic nor desperately escapist.
...

Download this essay in full now!

Just upload at one of your essays to our database and instantly download your selection! Registration takes seconds

Or you can download this essay for $2 immediately without registering


Comments and reviews

Reviews are written by members who have downloaded the essay

No comments yet. If you download the essay you can review it afterwards.