Choose a Fortune 500 Company you would like to work for… oThis doesn’t even have to be a Fortune 500 Company! It just needs to be a large company that everyone is familiar with such as Apple, Microsoft, Home Depot, etc.

Part Three:  Research Paper (75 Points)

Step One:  Choose a Fortune 500 Company you would like to work for…

  • This doesn’t even have to be a Fortune 500 Company!  It just needs to be a large company that everyone is familiar with such as Apple, Microsoft, Home Depot, etc.

Step Two:  Choose an artist:

  • The artist must be one who produced work during the time period of this class (1863-1955).  It does not have to be one we specifically covered.  Nor are you restricted to only painters.

Step Three:  Write a four to five page research paper supporting your choice.  You are to write the paper in the form of a letter to the board of directors.

  • The first paragraph should answer the prompt.
  • You are arguing your choice of artist.  Support your decision with facts and information, cite other works your artist has created and then reference the work you have created as the work the company is going to purchase.
  • You will need to do research on this artist and their works.  
  • This paper is not an artist’s biography!  While there will be a need to include some biographical data you want to consider the deeper meaning that the artist and their works have within the context of modernism.
  • You will want to compare and contrast artworks.  
  • Consider what makes this artist and his works modern?
  • What will these works say about the company?  How will it represent them?
  • How is the artist thought of in the greater scheme of art and society?  
  • Are the artist and their works rising in popularity? Are they declining?
  • Consider their prices at recent auctions
  • You might want to visit a museum that has a work of the chosen artist on display.


Paper Format:

  • Upper left hand corner of the paper should have (single-spaced):

Your Name

Art 312 Modernism Project

Skip two lines and begin your paper with the salutation:  Dear Board of Directors,

  • Four to Five Pages in Length!
  • Typed!
  • Double Spaced (Format—>Paragraph—>Spacing—>Double—>Click OK).
  • 1” Margins (Format—>Document—>Change Margins—>Click OK).
  • Use “Times” or “Times New Roman”
  • 12-Point Font.
  • Use Chicago Style Citations (This will be explained in class).
  • Use Endnotes (This is an academic paper so you will need to use academic resources).
  • Use Arabic numbers for the notes (1, 2, 3, etc.) rather than Roman numerals (I, II, III, etc.).
  • Proofread Your Paper! Grammar and spelling are taken into consideration.



This information has already been compiled in your Annotated Bibliography

  • You must use a minimum of four academic-level sourcesfor your paper.  Your textbook can be used, but it does not count as a source.
  • You must have at least one non-website source, such as a book, article (found through an online resource, such as an academic database is fine), interview, museum label, video, etc.

Note:  Sources are to be used as evidence to support your ideas!  Imagine a detective in a murder investigation.  The detective names the killer then supports his/her claim with evidence, such as means, opportunity, and motive.  We do the same thing in academic writing.  We make a claim and then support that claim with evidence we found from our research.  Sources should be spaced throughout your paper rather than lumped into one paragraph.


Helpful Hints On Your Writing:

  • Do not use slang:  The word is legitimate, not legit!
  • Artwork is one word, not two!
  • It is always preferable to say “work of art” rather than “piece of art” or “piece of work.”
  • Make sure to italicize titles of artworks.
  • When writing any paper, make sure you have responded to and answered the prompt!
  • Do not talk above your level of knowledge/expertise.  Don’t try to impress the reader.
  • Endnotes go on a separate, sixth, page.
  • Endnotes are not a bibliography!  You can have both!


The Paper:

  • Four to five pages in length
  • The sixth page contains your endnotes







The following reference needs to be covered in the paper. The total reference I need at least 8.

Annotated Bibliography

I’ve chosen to investigate the Fauvism period; especially, with the artworks from Henri Matisse. Matisse was the leader of the Fauvism and he was also the second most important artist of the 20th century. Contrary to the post-impressionism artists, these artists used arbitrary color to create the new, modern artworks.




Murrell, Denise. “African Influences in Modern Art.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art  

History. New York: The Metropolitian Museum of Art, 2000-.


Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History website provides a broad view of modern artworks. It showed how traditional African sculpture influenced European artists and avant-garde in the development of Fauvism.


Academic Journal:


Tchalenko, John. “Henri Matisse Drawing: An Eye-Hand Interaction Study Based   

on Archival Film.” Leonardo 42, no. 5 (October 2009): 433-438. Art Full Text

(H.W. Wilson), EBSCO host (accessed March 12, 2018).


This article explained how Matisse did his artworks and the technique he used when he created his artworks.


Academic Journal:


Hoorn, Jeanette. 2016. “Painting Portraits in Private.” Third Text 30, no. 1/2: 117-

  1. Art Full Text (H.W. Wilson), EBSCOhost (accessed March 12, 2018).


This article introduced Matisse’s traveling life and how he was done artworks during his traveling, and what inspired him.




Ferrier, Jean-Louis. The Fauves: The Reign of Colour Editions Pierre Terrail


In this book, it studied the contribution to Fauvism made by these artists, which including Henri Matisse. The author compared different approaches to color between Fauvism and German Expressionism. It would help me to understand more theoretical sources of Fauvism and its depiction of nature.




Brodskaya, Natalia. The Fauves: The Masters Who Shook the World of Art

Parkstone  Publishers; St. Petersburg: Aurora Art Publishers, distributed in

the U.L. by Grantham Book Services, 1995.


This book traced the history of Fauvism, analyses the main features and studied artists who associated with this movement.

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