- I find Pohl’s argument quite compelling since the interpretation in the textbook is based on an article by Albert Biome. This argument is that painting is an overt attack on acts of slavery in society. This is an indication of the difficulties in presenting vivid messages through the painting and the reflections that it gives on its own beliefs. Today, a Republican should have a different interpretation of the hypothesis of Biome that is related to current events on the analysis of the paintings. With regards to Biome’s argument, a republican would today think that slavery was right since it favored them against the blacks. This means that a republican would find value in the Watson’s painted story that did not indeed help in the eradication of slavery. The democrats on the other hand, would oppose some of the arguments by the hypothesis of Biome that avoided equality among the blacks and whites in America.
- The people of the early Republic considered art as a visual image of the situation of their country. The art helped in creation of a proper image of the revolution that was going on during those times through the use of paintings and engravings for home decorations. The various kinds of artwork included paintings, engravings and portraits. Portraiture in another type of painting that was used in the early Republic until around 1840. Portraits were quite popular and were mainly preferred because they could help in the display of certain relevant messages. Engravings involved the creation of static images with little or no modeling. Their style was often plain. The artists preferred the works of art since their creation is done through clear drawings of each figure (Dooley 56). Today, arts are used as a form of entertainment and expression. Many artists use artwork for revealing their emotions and displaying certain feelings and contemporary events. Artists who engage in the original artwork of drawings today own the art.
Dooley, L. Patricia. The early republic: primary documents on events from 1799 to 1820. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004. Print