Final Essay Critical Analysis of Meret Oppenheim, My Nurse, 1936


Write a final essay of approximately 6 pages (1500 words) that engages critically with the single work of art you have chosen.

Your major assignment for this course is to write a final essay on ONE of the following works of art:

Giorgio de Chirico, The Delights of the Poet, 1913
Hugo Ball, Karawane [performance], 1916
Hannah Höch, Cut with the Kitchen Knife through the Beer-Belly of the Weimar Republic, 1919
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Dada Head, 1920
André Breton, Visit to Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, 1921
Max Ernst, Pietà/Revolution by Night, 1923
Claude Cahun, Self-Portrait, 1928
Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, Un Chien Andalou, 1929
Meret Oppenheim, My Nurse, 1936
Frida Kahlo, The Two Fridas, 1939
Maya Deren, Meshes of the Afternoon, 1943
Marcel Duchamp, [Étant donnés] Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas, 1946-66

If you would like to write your essay on an artwork not included in this list you must speak to me about it before writing your proposal.

Please reproduce an image of the artwork (small is fine) you discuss, accompanied by a caption that includes the artist’s name along with the title, dimensions and date(s) of the work. The main purpose of this assignment is to produce a critical essay in which you develop a clear and well-stated argument about the work of art you are addressing. You will support this argument using the historical and theoretical material covered in class. Outside research is encouraged where necessary, but be sure to use material of scholarly value. You will be marked on the quality of your research material. Special attention should be paid to the quality and format of your paper.