Start by finding a few options for your focus artist and piece, then narrow down to the one you will research for this project. On this page, you'll find four steps to assist you in finding a good focus piece for your paper.
Everyone should look in Grove Art (also called Oxford Art Online) to get information about the art of the era in your country.
The first thing you should do is look up your location. For example if you have 19th Century Spain, search Spain - you shouldn't add dates or anything else. Just Spain - that's it!
Grove may not specifically say someone was a political artist, so you will have to look for keywords that indicate artists or works are political. Look for words/phrases like: patriotic, independence, revolution, government-sponsored.
Don't forget, there might be more than one entry, and each entry will be divided into architecture, painting and graphic arts, and sculpture. Each of these sections will be divided by time period. Read all the relevant sections.
Except it's not always that simple:
Many of the full entries on countries are NOT the first search result. You want to make sure that you are looking at the entry from Grove Encyclopedia of Art. The entry should be long and include a table of contents on the left-hand side.
For France, search "France, Republic of"
For Ireland, look at both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
While you must look at the entry for your country, a search in Grove with the name of your country + a keyword (eg. revolution, political, etc.) may get you some options!
Once you’ve noted some names of artists/patrons, you can narrow down to a focus piece. Try starting by:
You need to find an image to include with your topic proposal:
Find out a little about the artist
Investigate the piece
Even if the artist and piece are not well-known, they can make a good focus piece. However, before you commit to it, it is worth doing some research to check if you can learn more about the artist and their work.