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Rediscovering the Human Spirit of the Working Class through Portraiture

Murrill, Jonathan T. (2012) Rediscovering the Human Spirit of the Working Class through Portraiture. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

“Art belongs to the people, its roots should penetrate deeply into the very thick of the masses of the people. It should be comprehensible to these masses and loved by them. It should unite the emotions, thoughts and will of these masses and arouse them.” -Lenin The human spirit of the working class can be attributed not only to the expressions of its people, but to the attitude that each individual presents. As a manual labor worker myself, I have worked beside and built relationships with individuals who are overlooked by society on a daily basis. My understanding of their struggles and determination affects my perception of their emotions and expressions within my work. In my paintings I am trying to rediscover social awareness. This rediscovery lies in capturing a true representation of both the expressions and spirit in today’s working class from a contemporary perspective.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > ND Painting
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Jonathan Murrill
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 18:43
Last Modified: 21 May 2013 18:43
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/65

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