Visual Literacy

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Visual Literacy
September 26, 2012
Art 101

Although Howling Wolf’s drawing is seen as näively executed by the standards of Western art, why do we conclude that his record of the treaty signing event is more honest than the illustration rendered by John Taylor? I think that Wolf described the treaty signing in this way because he knew that it was only right to show the similarity on how it really did happen. I feel this way because I think that Wolf felt he wanted to be honest with himself to really show how the situation with the treaty signing actually tool place. With the amazing details shown with things such as the huts and creeks proves this fact that I stated. With all the details and attempt to be very accurate I think it’s safe to say that this painting is probably the most detailed and accurate out of the two that is shown. One thing I do got to say about this drawing over John Taylor’s is that this one is more childlike with crayon style drawing rather than a more realistic look to it.

Why did John Taylor, in his version of the Treaty Signing, ignore the many native women who were present at the event? Do you think this omission was deliberate or unintentional due to cultural bias? I think that this artist John Taylor may have decided not to include the women because he might have thought that they didn’t play a big role in the events that were taking place in that time. The only women that were shown in this drawing were the daughter and the French Canadian trapper which was maybe due to some kind of bias attempt. I feel that with John Taylor leaving the rest of the women out, he felt that the rest of the women were not important in this situation. Another reason the non-important women may have been left out is because women were seen differently than men in that era. A women’s opinion was not valued the way it is today.

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My Arts Lab for A World of Art (University of Phoenix materials)
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