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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: January 10, 2006
Latest Update: January 10, 2006

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  1. What if we changed the frame? What would your reaction be to this?

    Changing frame color to lavender and pink.

    Mortally Wounded, 1873
    Vasily Vereschagin
    Oil on Canvas, 73 x 56.5 cm.
    The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

    Consider the appropriateness of the frame in light of the title. Consider also the connotations of the color pink as gender related. Since the light lavendar is closely related to pink, does that matter?

  2. What if we changed the title at the same time that we changed the frame?

    Changing frame color to lavender and pink.

    Camaraderie - Rushing to a Wounded Friend

    Consider the different feelings expressed by the framed painting if the title is read.

  3. How do the following changes affect your interpretation of the painting? Can you give them titles to match the feelings they evoke? Does pattern have as great an effect as color? Does changing the relationship of height and width alter your perception?

    Changing frame color to dark and lighter red.

    Changing frame color to blue and darker blue.

    Changing frame color to blue and lighter blue.

    Changing frame color to blue and lighter blue.

    Consider how much control there is for the one who presents information to influence how you see that information.

  4. Do you think it would be in good taste to use the painting of a dying soldier for stirring patriotism, with such as the last frame? How might that backfire?

    Consider that if you want to cause patriotic enlistment and commitment you might not want to pair that with the portrait of one mortally wounded. We usually try to commemorate live heroes, so as to avoid the painful images of war. That has certainly been the policy of our present administration in not permitting the media to focus on coffins as they are returned to the U.S. from Iraq.

  5. What do you think Vereschagin meant as the message of this painting? Does his title give you a clue? If art is just experienced, not read in an essay like this, and without the formal display in a museum with the reading of titles and artist's explanations, do you think the message of this painting could be misread?

    Consider that visuals require interpretation.

  6. Could you imagine a card using this painting with a simple message that could remind us all of the hell of war and our need to support those whom we send to fight it.

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