Citations and References Homework 2 essay

Citationsand References Homework 2

ENGL1110-811 (Coleman)

ArtMimicry / Parody

Background:What is art mimicry?

Webegin by examining the Neoclassical painting by Jacques-Louis Davidtitled MadameRécamierand painted in 1800(David &amp Johnson, 2006).&nbsp(One version of what may be David`s most famous painting, TheOath of the Horatii,can be seen the Toledo Museum of Art.)(Chambers, 2010).Then compare it to René Magritte`s PerspectiveI: David`s Madame Récamier,painted in 1950 in the Surrealist style (David&amp Johnson, 2006). Consider

Madame Récamier (David) (David &amp Johnson, 2006).

Perspective I (Magritte) (David &amp Johnson, 2006).

Whatthe intention of David`s original was, then what Magritte meant bymimicking it in his painting (Galenson,2008).&nbspHere,what we see is one example of &quothigh art&quot mimicking– evenmocking — another example of &quothigh art.&quot

Nextsee what happens when the artist doing the mimicking becomes theobject of mimicry. Compare Magritte`s famous painting, TheBlank Cheque(from 1965), at left, with the illustration (uncredited, but paintedby the Pop Artist Romero Britto) from a late 1990`s magazineadvertisement for Grand Marnier liqueur (at right)(Charnley&amp Azevedo, 2010). Thisis a bit different. This time we see an example of &quothigh art&quotbeing mimicked in popular culture.

Blank Cheque (Magritte) (Charnley &amp Azevedo, 2010)

Grand Marnier advertisement (Britto) (Charnley &amp Azevedo, 2010)

Pop culture makes frequent use of mimicry or &quothigh culture&quot art. Here is an example of a reference to the stark scene in Edward Hopper`s Nighthawks (1942) in an image featuring characters from the television show The Simpsons (Matt Groening)

Nighthawks (Hopper) (Cowan, 2007).

&quotSimpsons Nighthawks&quot (Groening) (Cowan, 2007).

Tounderstand an art mimicry and how well it works, we have to askseveral questions:

  • Who are the artists (the original and the mimicker)?

  • Who is the audience for each artist (again, for both artists)?

  • What is being communicated, and how well (yes, yet again, for both artists)?


Charnley,C., &amp Azevedo, P. (2010). Leave blank (2009/2010).

Cowan,D. A. (2007). Artistic undertones of humanistic leadershipeducation.Journalof Management Education,&nbsp31(2),156-180.

David,J. L., &amp Johnson, D. (2006).&nbspJacques-LouisDavid: New Perspectives.University of Delaware Press.

Galenson,D. (2008).&nbspLanguagein Visual Art: The Twentieth Century&nbsp(No.w13845). National Bureau of Economic Research.