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Abstract Expressionism

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Sarah Haneklau

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Abstract Expressionism 1940-1950
Abstract Expressionism
typically applied paint rapidly to convey emotions, painting with gestures, non geometrically_ sometimes dripping or throwing paint on canvas

*Originated in New York
* 1940's and 1950's
*Subjective emotional expression
*Applied paint rapidly to convey emotions,
*Gesture painting
*Non geometrically (organic shapes)
*Dripping/throwing paint on the canvas
Joan Mitchell
February 12, 1925 - October 30, 1992
*Her father was an artist; he introduced her to different types of art and literature.
*First solo exhibition in New York in 1952; she shows 16 paintings.
*Attended Smith College in North Hampton with a major in English
*Placed fourth in the Junior Women's Division of the National U.S. Figure Skating championship in 1942
*Moved to Paris, France to study art
*Received the Lissane Prize in Milan, Italy - 1961
*Joan was the first American woman to have a solo exhibition at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1982.
Influential Artists: Joan Mitchell was inspired by ideas from these fellow artists.
*William De Kooning - similar style but less abstract.
*Hans Hofmann - geometric shapes and bright colors
*Jackson Polluck - revolutionary splatter painter
World events that greatly influenced this Art Movement:
*World War II
*The Baby Boom
City Landscape, 1955. Oil on linen, 80 x 80 inches
*Painting of a City-scape
*Mostly warm colors, to represent a bustling city
*She loved dogs, and kept many as pets.
*organic lines
Jackson Polluck
Hans Hofmann
Willem De Kooning
Emphasis - emphasis on the city at the bottom of the painting
Balance - The sky at the top is balanced with the city at the bottom
Unity - the use of brown throughout the painting in the sky and also the city, as well as colors from the city used in the sky
We think the artist was trying to portray a vibrant life of a busy city with warm colors and organic flowing lines
Favorite parts: How the paint drips down, and the bright colors.
Gives a worm, lively feeling
Art as Expression:
This picture portrays a city, but not in a realistic way with clear buildings and people. It portrays the feeling of a city. The warmth and vibrance of the colors, and the liveliness of the lines shows more of the feeling of a city.
Number 1, 1950
Fantasia, 1943
Excavation, 1950
Sale Neige (Dirty Snow), 1980. Oil on canvas, 86 1/4 x 70 7/8 in.
Untitled, 1957. Oil on canvas, 94 1/8 x 87 5/8 in.
Joan Mitchell. L'école Buissonnière, ca. 1959. Oil on canvas. 68.6 x 66 cm.
Sarah Haneklau, Chloe Miller, Haley Grodi
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