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Category B: Arts and Literature
Question 4. Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words?

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Choose three images by different artists from the attached catalogue. Write a thousand words or less per image that express what you believe corresponds to or represents the work of art—what each work "seems to be about" or what the artist intended.

The following ARTstor images are intended solely for the use of applicants to Bard College, through the Bard Entrance Examination, through January 1, 2015.

Question 4 Images

The Oath Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748-1825)
The Oath of the Horatii

1784
Napolean Crossing the Saint Bernard Pass Jacques-Louis David (French, 1748-1825)
Napoleon Crossing the Saint Bernhard Pass

1801-1802
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746-1828)
The Third of May, 1808

1814
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877)
The Stone Breakers

1849
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877)
Funeral at Ornans

1849-1850
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
The Execution of Maximilian

c. 1867-1868
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

1882
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891)
Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

c. 1884-1886
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906)
Mont Sainte-Victoire

c. 1902-1906
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
The Starry Night

June 1889
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
Vincent's Bedroom at Arles

1889
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890)
Self Portrait (at Saint-Rémy)

1889
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)
Luxe, calme et volupté

1904-1905
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Portrait of Gertrude Stein

1906
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)
Dance (I)

early 1909
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954)
Dance (II)

1910
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

1907
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963)
Man with a Guitar

summer 1911-early 1912
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Still Life with Chair Caning

May 1912
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Umberto Boccioni (Italian, 1882-1916)
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space

1913
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, 1891-1956)
Pioneer

1930
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, 1891-1956)
Shuchov Transmission Tower

1929
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Kazimir Malevich (Russian, 1878-1935)
Black Square

c. 1923
Bard Exam Question 4 Image August Sander (German, 1876-1964)
Varnisher, Cologne

1932
Bard Exam Question 4 Image August Sander (German, 1876-1964)
Bricklayer

1928
Bard Exam Question 4 Image James Van Der Zee (American, 1886-1983)
The Van der Zee Men, Lenon
Bard Exam Question 4 Image James Van Der Zee (American, 1886-1983)
Portrait of Couple with Raccoon Coats & Stylist Car

1932
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946)
The steerage

1907
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946)
The Flat-Iron Building, Winter

1902-1903
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946)
Winter - Fifth Avenue

1893
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989)
The Persistence of Memory

1931
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954)
The Two Fridas

1939
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Dorothea Lange (American, 1895-1965)
Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California

1936
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975)
American Photographs: Houses and Billboards in Atlanta

1936
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Guernica

May 1-June 4, 1937
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Piet Mondrian (Dutch, 1872-1944)
Broadway Boogie Woogie

1942-1943
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956)
Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)

1950
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Willem de Kooning (American, 1904-1997)
Woman, I

1950-1952
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956)
Number 11 (Blue Poles)

1952
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Mark Rothko (American, 1903-1970)
No. 16 (Red, Brown, and Black)

1958
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928-2011)
Jacob's Ladder

1957
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)
Drowning Girl

1963
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Jasper Johns (American, born 1930)
Flag

1954-1955
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Mierle Laderman Ukeles (American, born 1939)
Touch Sanitation (Performance): Sweep 7, Staten Island, 6 a.m. Roll Call

1977-1980
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Mierle Laderman Ukeles (American, born 1939)
Touch Sanitation (Installation): Transfer Station/Transformation

1984
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Barbara Kruger (American, born 1945)
Your Gaze Hits the Side of My Face

1981
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Barbara Kruger (American, born 1945)
We Won't Play Nature to Your Culture

1983
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Lucian Freud (British, 1922-2011)
Reflection

1985
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954)
Untitled Film Still, #21

1978
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954)
Untitled Film Still, #35

1979
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954)
Untitled Film Still, #10

1978
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954)
Untitled Film Still, #48

1979
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954)
Untitled Film Still, #96

1981
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Raymond Pettibon (American, born 1957)
No Title (Vavoom)

1987; 1998 (exhibition)
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Gerhard Richter (German, born 1932)
Betty

1988
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Richard Prince (American, born 1949)
Untitled (cowboy)

1989
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Kehinde Wiley (American, born 1977)
Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps

2005
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Edward Hopper (American, 1882-1967)
Gas

1940
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986)
Black Cross, New Mexico

1929
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Artemisia Gentileschi (Italian, 1593-1651/53)
Esther before Ahasuerus

c. 1630-1640
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Diego Velázquez (Spanish, 1599-1660)
Juan de Pareja (born about 1610, died 1670)

1650
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
Boating

1874
Bard Exam Question 4 Image John Constable (British, 1776-1837)
The Hay Wain

1821
Bard Exam Question 4 Image John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925)
Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)

1883-1884
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746-1828)
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters: Plate 43 of The Caprices (Los Caprichos)

1799
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906)
The Card Players (Les joueurs de cartes)

1890-1892
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Kazimir Malevich (Russian, 1878-1935)
The Knife Grinder (Principle of Glittering)

1912-1913
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Francisco Oller y Cestero (Puerto Rican painter, 1833-1917)
El Velorio (The Wake)

1893
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Wifredo Lam (Cuban, 1902-1982)
La Jungla (The Jungle)

1942-1943
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Diego Rivera (Mexican, 1886-1957)
Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda

1947-1948
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Xul Solar (Argentine, 1888-1963)
Tlaloc (God of the Rain)

1923
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Agustín Arrieta (Mexican, 1802-1874)
El chinaco y la china

19th century
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Sultan Muhammad (Iranian, active first half of 16th century)
Khamsah of Nizami: "The ascent of Muhammad to heaven," (Ms. Or. 2265, fol. 195a)

1539-1543
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Haydar Ahmad (Indian, active in Rajasthan, 18th century)
Lady at her Toilette with a Servant

18th century
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Mahmud 'Abd-al Baqi (Turkish, 1526–1600)
Folio from a Divan of Mahmud 'Abd al-Baqi; "Ottoman Army Entering a City"

last quarter of 16th century
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Unknown (Iran)
Plate with king hunting rams

5th-6th century CE
Bard Exam Question 4 Image David Goldblatt (South African, born 1930)
Fifteen year old Lawrence Matjee after his assault and detention by the Security Police, Khotso House, de Villiers Street, Johannesburg, 25 October 1985

1985
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Julie Mehretu (American, born Ethiopia, 1970)
Stadia I

2004
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Malick Sidibé (Malian, born 1936)
Pique-Nique a la Chaussée (Roadside Picnic), 1976

1976
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Robert Frank (American, born 1924)
Parade, Hoboken, New Jersey

1955, printed 1980
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Robert Frank (American, born 1924)
Chicago.

1955-1956
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Robert Frank (American, born 1924)
London

1952-1953
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Robert Frank (American, born 1924)
Movie Premier - Hollywood

1956
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Diane Arbus (American, 1923-1971)
Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, NYC

1962
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991)
Greyhound Bus Terminal

July 14, 1936
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991)
Murray Hill Hotel

November 19, 1935
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991)
Newsstand

November 19, 1935
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991)
Cedar Street from William Street

March 26, 1936
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991)
Automat

February 10, 1936
Bard Exam Question 4 Image Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960-1988)
The Horn Players

1983