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Modern Art

modernism and movements in modern art

William Ruder

on 16 March 2016

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Modern painting grew out of impressionism.
Exact copy is for photography
Capture overall feeling (impression)
Play and interaction of light

Individualistic in style
Portray the unseen, inner worlds of emotion and imagination
Psychological view of reality as well as emotional intensity

Considered extreme
Critics called “the wild beasts” (Fauvism)
Painted real objects, but primary concern was the arrangement of color, line, and form was an end to itself
Henry Matisse
Abstract Expressionism

Turned away from nature completely
“The observer may learn to look at [my] pictures… as form and color combinations… as a representation of mood and not as a representation of objects”
Extreme expressionism, abstract expressionism
Wassily Kandinsky
Attacked all accepted standards of art and behavior, delighting in outrageous conduct

Dadists were attracted to surrealism 1920s and 30s
Fantastic world of wild dreams and complex symbols
Made powerful statements about age of anxiety
Expl. – Salvador Dali
Other Movements...

Useful, functional
Throw away ornamental features
Beauty in clean lines

The Bauhaus: German school of arts (painters, musicians, architects, etc)

Le Corbusier,
Van der Rohe
Frank Lloyd Wright
van Gogh (1853-1890)
van Gogh
van Gogh
van Gogh
W. Kandinsky
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
Believed form and design of a picture were important in themselves and that the painter need not try to represent objects on canvas as the eye actually saw them

Cubism concentrated on a complex geometry of zigzagging lines and sharply angled overlapping planes.
Age of Anxiety:
Modernism and
Modern Art

Soft Construction 1936:
This painting was finished six months before the Spanish Civil War. Various parts of one same body are hurting each other; it's Dali’s report concerning the atrocities of such event. The beans are offerings that attenuate evil spirits. Pressured to pronounce himself politically, Dalí stated that he was not Hitlerian or Stalinist, that he was simply "Dalinian".
Dalí illustrates another Freud’s discoveries. He said: “…a typical dream with a long theme, the consequence of a sudden accident that causes the awakening.”
Fruits - 1938
Here we have many overlapped images. Dalí said that the ambiguity inside an image makes a new image appear and that this process can be extended; the amount; of images is only limited by the intellect’s paranoiac capacity
Art Deco
Pop Art
Photo Realism
Frank Lloyd Wright
What about Modern Painting?
What does this look like to you? A photo?
Modern Intellectual Crisis: the shattering of beliefs in God, reason, and progress.
why? discuss...
Think of our discussions in class (Freud, Neitzsche, Existentialism, Science, Literature, Christianity)
Consider how this crisis / rejection can be seen in the art of the era.
Quick Break:
Of the art seen thus far, how do modern artists make use of color, shape, line, design, subject matter?
Compare to Renaissance or Romantic art movements.
Can we see the modern intellectual crisis?
the end...
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