Links to rhetorical tools:

Here are links to the rhetorical tools used in this class:

Schemes & Tropes -- Perelman & Olbrechts-Tyteca -- Fallacies

Monday, March 30, 2015

Neoclassicism vs Impressionism

This excerpt is from Manet and  The French Impressionists. This is an example of post impressionism in painting.  I will compare this text with the critiques from the Salon of 1765 which I will use as my pre-neoclassicism text.  Burke would say that the clusters of words in both of these texts reveal the language of the time in art and in society.  Neoclassicism focused on a revival of Roman and Greek art, with a focus on somber colors with no evidence of brushstrokes. Neoclassicism reflects a simple and classic style coinciding with the Age of Enlightenment and the American and French Revolution with texts revealing a more epic frame of acceptance.  Impressionism on the other hand was a rejection against the traditional way of creating and looking at art.  Impressionism sought to capture optical lighting and the impression of the lifestyle of the time captured through thick evident brushstrokes and brighter colors. I think the Impressionistic text reveals a more comic frame of rejecting against the old traditions of art, and accepting the flaws of the old system while it creates a new perspective for creating art and reflecting more everyday moments in history.  I think the bureaucracy of the art world was very formal and traditional with Neoclassicism and transitioned into a less formal and more open to interpretation bureaucracy which changed what was deemed acceptable in art for years to follow.  The rituals and piety of the art community of the more traditional Neoclassical  bureaucracy were transformed t in the Impressionist's text through language about the art along with the art itself. I think that perspectives of incongruity are displayed in the Impressionist's text and reveal a sort of rebellion against the old language and culture of the Neoclassic Era.

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