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3. Message - I want to paint because I have a message to communicate.

Fig 7. (above) Never has design, contrast and color been so forcefully used in the cause of humanity. A rare feat: no action photograph could ever compete.

Fig 8 There is little decoration or subtlety in this painting titled "Executions at Portsmouth'.

The examples are selected to best illustrate their category by single-mindedly ignoring the other two(ie. in the decorative category the artist has made no attempt at description nor is there any message to be had. In the second category decoration and message are absent whereas the message in the third category swamps everything else.) To show I am unbiased the last example in each category is one of my own paintings.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Make you own list of five paintings nominating their categories. Note - some might have more than one category and if so you must name them.

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