Research the historical context of each piece of art.
In order to adequately understand any work of art you must understand the circumstances under which it was produced.
In order to understand the artist as a person you will also need to understand the time in which they lived.
Picking up a good art history or humanities textbook will help you get started understanding the context. Once you have placed each work within the proper context and before you actually begin to write your essay, sit down with a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil and write down the similarities and differences in each work.
In order to draw a chart you should understand the features of the things to be compared. On this stage of the writing process you should have a clear idea of the purpose of this essay. Unlike thesis in other types of essays, thesis of compare/contrast essay should be specific and backed up with highly argumentative analysis.
Try to answer the following questions: Why was this type of essay assigned to you? The most common question that should be asked in the designing of this type of the thesis is "why? You should show the importance of things and events that you compare. As we have mentioned earlier, the contrast/compare essay is a specific type of essay.
The key to writing a good comparison and contrast essay is to be as clear and concise as possible, but also to be as detailed as possible regarding each element of the compositions. If you are submitting your work for a grade you should take the time to reread and revise your essay before turning it in.
Even the best writers rarely get their work exactly right on the first try.
Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities.
What do the symbols tell the observer about each composition? Is there a technique or style used that tells the observer something about the meaning of the composition? The questions you can ask regarding any particular work of art are actually unlimited, but should always include some of these basic questions. Once you have analyzed each key piece of art you should develop some type of thesis statement related to that analysis.
Consider the medium through which the piece of art was created. For instance, a comparison of any of Jackson Pollack's works with Van Gogh's "Starry Night" might yield a thesis statement indicating that both artists expressed themselves similarly by painting in a manner that revealed their inner emotions.
Writing an art comparison essay can be a difficult task for the novice art student.
Students of art or art history often assume that any interpretation is as good as another, but in reality, to adequately interpret a work of art and then compare it to another, you will need to learn a little about the artist and the historical context of the composition.