What is Art Criticism?

Art criticism is the evaluation of art.  It is your considered response to the work of art.

Who is an Art Critic?

You become a critic whenever you evaluate a work of art, whether you are commenting to a friend on the works you like best in a local gallery, preparing a term paper for a class, or writing a long review of a live performance or exhibit for a newspaper or magazine.

The Critic Sees, A Guide to Art Criticism
by Sarah Gill

MONET, Claude  Impression, Sunrise 1872 Paris, Marmottan


Honore Daumier, This Year Venuses again!. . .  Always Venuses!  c1864
Alexandre Cabanel, The Birth of Venus 1863 
Oil on canvas (4’ 2.7" x 7’ 3.75")
Presented at the salon of 1863, this painting was purchased by Napoleon III.  The novelist, Émile Zola (naturalism), rejected this painting calling it a "goddess drowning in a river of mud (who) looks like a very delectable tart, not in flesh and blood—that would be indecent—but in a sort of pink and white marzipan."

"E. Buzz Miller's Art World" http://video.aol.com/video-detail/id/1527781197

Manet, Edouard. Olympia 1863 Oil on canvas 
51 3/8 x 74 3/4 in. (130.5 x 190 cm) Musee d'Orsay, Paris

TIZIANO Vecellio (Titian) 
The Venus of Urbino 1538 Oil on canvas, 
119 x 165 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Honore Daumier, Daumier, RueTransnonain,1834

Honore Daumier, Daumier, RueTransnonain,1834

other matyrs

Andrea Mantegna,  The Dead Christ, c1490-1501, tempera on canvas 20"x31" foreshortening

Honore Daumier, Gargantua, 1831, lithograph
In 1830, after learning the still fairly new process of lithography, Honore Daumier (1808-1879) began to contribute political cartoons to the anti-government weekly journal, Caricature.  He was an ardent Republican and was sentenced to six months' imprisonment in 1832 for his attacks on King Louis-Philippe, whom he represented as the archetypal glutton in the political cartoon Gargantua