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Copy of Copy of Abstract Painting

Abstract lesson for design and draw class
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Kate Padberg

on 29 January 2013

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What is Abstract Art? Abstract Art Seurat – ‘La Grande Jatte’ Van Gogh – ‘Starry Starry Night’ Before abstract art was invented, most artists painted in a realistic style.


This began to change when artists such as Van Gogh and Seurat started to simplify their pictures. Around 1900, a group of artists called the Fauvists began to simplify their shapes, and change their colors even more. Cubism began around 1910. Picasso is the most famous Cubist artist. GRADUALLY, ARTISTS THOUGHT LESS ABOUT THE SUBJECT MATTER, AND MORE ABOUT THE SHAPES AND COLORS IN THEIR PAINTINGS. This painting is by Kandinsky.
It is called ‘Yellow, Red, Blue’ and was painted in 1925 Abstract Painting really took off in the 1920's and 1930's with Kandinsky and Mondrian. “Abstract art is any art which does not contain figurative or representational content.

A true abstract painting is composed only of shapes and colors.


This is a semi-abstract painting by kandinsky.

Some objects in it are recognizable.

What can you see? Piet Mondrian used a process of simplification which led him to produce his famous geometric abstracts Mark Rothko
Just as a piece of instrumental music is composed only of sounds, so an abstract painting is an attempt to convey a mood through the use of color, shape and texture.” How to spot a Monet:

Multi-colored brushstrokes.

Direct, stabbing strokes of paint (dabs and dashes).

Suggestions, not realistic depictions of what is there. Claude Monet (1840-1926):
Monet was obsessed with nature; most of the paintings he created in his lifetime were created outdoors and showed his attempt to capture his personal “Impressions” of what he saw- light, color, textures, different times of day. Some art historians have considered Monet and the Impressionists the first “abstract” painters… How to spot a Cezanne:

Visible, flat, “blocky” brushstrokes, and lots of them!

Less “polished” appearance overall, meant to show immediacy. He sometimes used a palette knife to paint to get this effect!

Used color to show depth and perspective in his paintings!

Mixed colors directly on the canvas!

Breaks down objects into basic geometrical forms (like spheres, cylinders, etc). This was an innovation used by the Cubists! Paul Cezanne(1830-1910): Cezanne has inspired countless artists and entire movements for over a century, resulting in his title as the "Father of Modernism." Though he lived during the glory days of Impressionism and frequently used Impressionist techniques, his methods changed drastically over the course of his life and he is more often considered a Post-Impressionist. His attention to geometrical forms was influential on the development of Cubism, another famous abstract painting style! How to spot a Matisse:

Lots of intense, bright, high contrast colors!

Use of patterns and decorative motifs.

Fluid, stylized drawing style with visible contour lines. Henri Matisse (1890-1950):
Matisse’s work in all media- painting, paper cut outs, or sculpture- is a series of fanfares to harmony. Pattern, color; every stroke is laid on the working surface with feeling, with a purpose. Even the most severely abstract images are sound. How to spot a Picasso

Space in the image is flattened.

Use of patterns, repetition of motifs and/or colors.

Multiple viewpoints contained within the same picture plane.

Portrait images sometimes show Picasso’s interest in African masks and Non-Western art.
Earlier paintings: lots of earth tones. Later paintings: brighter, more intense color schemes! Pablo Picasso(1880-1970):
Picasso challenged many academic beliefs about art and painting, expanding on ideas of form and space started by Cezanne. Using the flat, 2 dimensional surface of a canvas, he tried to show all the volumes of an object in space and its relation to other objects in space, without being decorative. Kinda like looking at an image in a broken mirror. He used things like African masks to depart from older, traditional ideals of beauty. To Do List: 1. Create and paint a Color wheel

2. Complete the color Scheme worksheets

3. Take picture of yourself and print it.

4. Divide your picture into 4 parts and practice 4 different abstract artist's styles What we will be doing: Creating an abstract portrait from a photograph you take!
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