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(Modern Art) Revolution: Turmoil & Progress
Transcript of (Modern Art) Revolution: Turmoil & Progress
Benjamin George Revolution: (rev·o·lu·tion)
activity or movement designed to effect fundamental changes in the socioeconomic situation, an intrinsic change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something, or a changeover in use or preference especially in technology. The art shown in this exhibition spans from the 1800’s to the 1970’s; highlighting a plethora of different historical revolutionary and war torn movements. Beginning with Delacroix’s iconic Lady Liberty Leading the People, the flag of revolution leads us bravely on into the future, but with a recollection of the past. Delacroix’s painting of Liberty Leading the People has come to symbolize the spirit of revolution People depicts the July Revolution when the French people dethroned the Bourbon king in exchange for a liberal constitutional monarchy. Delacroix does not spare any demographics from the passion of revolt, but includes an all-encompassing representation of people of widely differing age and economic status. Lady Liberty holds high her flag, ushering us all to conjure up a spirit of passionate revolt against oppression and the fight for human freedom and dignity. Time Magazine has listed Mao Zedong among the top political icons in history since Andy Warhol created his series of Mao paintings in 1973.
China’s transformation from agrarian to industrialized economy as well as millions of deaths caused by famine are credited to Mao
Mao’s portrait still hangs in Tiananmen Square, and Mao worship is still practiced in some parts of China.
In the irreverent hands of Andy Warhol Mao gained celebrity status Hammer and Sickle was created in response to graffiti that Warhol had seen when he was in Italy.
Created in response to the high interest in communism during the 1970s.
Warhol thought that interest in communism was enough for someone to buy one of the prints and turn a profit for himself.
Warhol claimed to have no political agenda for the creation of the piece. Meidner was highly recognized for his apocalyptic landscapes.
Revolution, was thought to be modeled after Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, Meidner’s Revolution depicts the chaos of the streets during a revolt.
This painting was thought to be Meidner’s comment on revolution, not a depiction of a particular event.
Meidner thought that revolution was a reasonable alternative to war one of a series of lithographs
The Weaver’s Revolt, which was based on Gerhart Hauptmann’s play.
The series represents a group of underpaid and underappreciated workers who revolt against their employer.
Kollwitz strongly believed in these people’s struggles and used etchings to illustrate their rebellion. This artwork is another piece of The Weaver’s revolt series.
This etching demonstrates the unity of a group that is seeking a revolution.
Seeing the group so closely together marching to the factory owner's mansion with tools and weapons raised, allows for a greater understanding of what these people decided the cost of a revolution would be. Paintings In the Exhibition:
a quick overview thank you. Winston Churchill wisely said
“The farther backward you can look,
the farther forward you are likely to see.”