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Abstract Expressionism

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Abstract Expressionism 1940-1950
Abstract Expressionism
1940-1950
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
*Non-objective
*Mostly warm colors, to represent a bustling city
*She loved dogs, and kept many as pets.
*organic lines
Describe:
Jackson Polluck
Hans Hofmann
Willem De Kooning
Analyze:
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
Interpret:
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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