Maya Angelou and Edvard Munch - A Comparison Comparison Essay by Julian

Maya Angelou and Edvard Munch - A Comparison
Compares the ideas and works of Maya Angelou and Edvard Munch.
# 151866 | 1,483 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Oct 19, 2012 in Literature (American) , Art (Painting)

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This paper examines two artists that at first sight have little in common: Maya Angelou and Edvard Munch. The paper notes however, that both have a certain reliance on arts outside their field - cinematography for both, music for Angelou, poetry for Munch - that allows them to explore their message in a unique and revelatory way. First, the paper describes the works of each artist. Then, it points out their cultural significance in their countries of origin. Various paintings of Munch are highlighted, with attention given to their detail and meaning. The paper also quotes some of Angelou's poetry in additional to telling of her life. Finally, the paper points out the similarities between work of the two artists, noting that Munch and Angelou have in common transgression, a removal of boundaries in their art that makes them true innovators.

From the Paper:

"It's unfortunate that Edvard Munch is known by the general public only because of a single work. While "The Scream" is emblematic, it is also little representative of the whole of his oeuvre, and its perhaps exaggerated notoriety has had the effect of obscuring the real dimension and the true message of the artist. If Munch in Norway is regarded as one of the most important painters of all time, it is because he worked with remarkable longevity, drawing from a radical and experimental artistic vision. As to Maya Angelou, it is relatively recently, at the inauguration of Bill Clinton in 1993, that the general public was introduced to this remarkable woman. Invited by the new presidential couple, she recited a beautiful poem called "On the Pulse of Morning" from the steps of the Capitol in Washington. The poem could be seen as an appeal to the memory of Martin Luther King in its use of imagery and symbolism - a man to whom Angelou was very close - and therefore an appeal in King's tradition to achieve a greater sense of community and racial harmony. "A rock, a river, a tree," Maya Angelou sang, her voice resonating beyond the Capitol Square and into the collective unconscious."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Angelou, Maya. (1986). All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes. New York: Random House.
  • Chipp, H.B. (1984). Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book by Artists and Critics. University of California Press.
  • Evans, Mari, ed. (1984). Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday.
  • Faerna, Jose Maria. (1995). Munch. New York: Harry N. Abrams.

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