Surrealist: Many artists mistakenly think that models need be taken only from outside the psyche. Although human ...

gharibiannick on March 17, 2020


I have stumbled on this question. Can an expert please break down the passage and determine what the author is concluding? thank you

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Ravi on March 17, 2020


Let's take a look.

In this stimulus, there are three distinct thoughts. The first thought
is describing what other artists mistakenly think, which is used to
set up the surrealist's point. The second thought starts with
"although," so this thought indicates that the surrealist will concede
something before arriving at her conclusion. The third thought, which
is "using the power of artistic representation solely to preserve and
reinforce objects that would exist even without artists is an ironic
waste," is what the other two statements build toward, so this is our
conclusion. In short, the first sentence is context/background, the
first half of the second sentence is a premise, and the second half of
the second sentence is our conclusion.

(A) says, "An artist's work should not merely represent objects from
outside the psyche."

(A) rephrases the last statement of the stimulus. Merely representing
external objects is a waste. The stimulus tells us that merely
representing external objects is an "ironic waste." From this, we can
tell that the surrealist is saying that art shouldn't merely do this.
Thus, (A) is a great paraphrase of the last statement of the stimulus
(which we already identified as being the conclusion of the argument),
so it's the correct answer choice.

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