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Describe a piece of art you like - Cue Card # 650

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a piece of art you like.

You should say:

  • what this work of art is
  • when you first saw it
  • what you know about it

and explain why you like this piece of art.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:

A piece of art I really like is a brilliant work by the world-famous painter, Pablo Picasso, and the name of it is “Guernica (1937)”. I saw it for the first time at one of my country’s leading museums back in about ten years ago, but, I wasn’t exactly sure how to fully understand and appreciate the painting at that time. Then, as I started to take a “Spanish” language class and started to learn a little about the history of Spain in the process, the famous painting started to present a much clearer picture to me.
The painting is about the “city of Guernica” which was bombed by Nazi Germany planes during the Spanish civil war in 1937. The painting, in essence, has become a very famous symbol of anti-war indictment by depicting the horrors and tragedies of war in a perfect manner. In fact, “Guernica” is considered to be one of the Spanish Masterworks.

Apart from capturing a very historical event so nicely, what I really like about this painting is that it is full of many symbols, and yet, its main theme, which is about the sufferings of humans and animals alike, has been depicted very masterfully. Besides, the overwhelming size of the painting, which is about eleven feet tall and 25 feet wide, will make you feel like it wraps around you as if you are immersed in the action in real life. Of course, it wouldn’t feel surreal, in my opinion, without the mastery of a perfect colour combination where a contrasting colour of black and white has been used on the surface of the painting in order to create some dramatic intensity.  

Finally, the unique thing that I really like about this painting is the symbols, presented in this oil painting, are open for public interpretation. In other words, one will need to interpret the symbols as they deem fit in order to understand its “exclusive meaning”. But does it really have some meaning other than the fact that this painting is still very relevant today with wars still being fought around the world?


Model Answer 2:

Well, a piece of art that I particularly admire is "Café Terrace at Night" by Vincent van Gogh. I first saw this captivating painting during a visit to an art museum a few years ago, and it left a lasting impression on me.

"Café Terrace at Night" depicts a bustling outdoor café illuminated by warm, vibrant colours under a starry night sky. The scene is alive with energy as patrons mingle and enjoy their drinks, while the café's yellow façade glows in the lamplight, creating a sense of warmth and cosiness. van Gogh's distinctive brushwork and use of bold, swirling strokes infuse the painting with a sense of movement and vitality, drawing the viewer into the scene.

What I find particularly intriguing about this piece of art is its unique perspective and the way van Gogh captures the ambience and atmosphere of the café. The contrast between the cool blues of the night sky and the warm yellows of the café creates a striking visual contrast that adds depth and dimension to the painting.

Moreover, "Café Terrace at Night" reflects van Gogh's fascination with capturing everyday scenes and moments of life. Through his expressive style and use of colour, he transforms a simple café scene into a vibrant and enchanting tableau that invites viewers to immerse themselves in the bustling energy of the night.

Overall, I admire "Café Terrace at Night" not only for its aesthetic beauty but also for the emotions and atmosphere it evokes. It serves as a poignant reminder of the power of art to transport us to different times and places, allowing us to experience moments of joy, contemplation, and wonder.

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