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Why is this movement important to art history?
What characteristics are common to works in this movement?
What is the history of this movement? When, why and how did it begin?
Who are the important artists of the movement? What are the important works?
What subsequent movements/artists has this movement and its artists inspired?
Based on my research, what do I think about this movement's significance to American art history?
Who is the artist? Provide biographical information about him/her.
What is the medium of the work of art? Can you provide a physical description?
Can you describe the different artistic elements present in the work (line, shape, light, color, texture, space, time, motion, etc.)
What is the affect of these various elements?
In what country/culture was this work created? When?
What other art was being created in this culture at this time?
To what artistic movement does this work of art belong? Describe it.
In what ways is the chosen work of art representative of the movement? In what ways is it unique?