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Abstract Art Presentation Full Length

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Abstract Art
Wassily Kandinsky
What do you think Abstract Art is...?
A brief history of...
How do you
get from
Where is this coming from?
"You begin with the possibilities of the material."
Write your response on the worksheet provided.
Robert Rauschenberg
Kandinsky is believed to have had synaesthesia, a harmless condition that allows a person to appreciate sounds, colors or words
with two or more senses

For some, everyday sounds such as doors opening, cars honking, or people talking can trigger seeing colors. For others, colors are triggered when musical notes and/or keys are being played.

Impressionism & Post Impressionism

Starry Night Over the Rhone (1888)
Vincent Van Gogh
Lydia Leaning on Her Arms,
Seated in Loge (1879)
by Mary Cassatt
Dancers at The Bar (1888)

by Edgar Degas
Jane Avril, (1892)
by Toulouse-Lautrec

Woman with a Hat (1905)
by Henri Matisse
André Derain, 1906
by Maurice de Vlaminck

Valerie Neuzil in black stockings (1913)
by Egon Schiele
Nollendorfplatz (1912)
by Ernst Kirchner
Cubism &

Violin and Candlestick (1910)
by Georges Braque
Champs de Mars.
La Tour rouge (1911)
by Robert Delaunay
Woman with a Fan (1907)
by Pablo Picasso
Composition with
yellow patch, (1930)
by Piet Mondrian
Yellow-Red-Blue (1925)
by Wassily Kandinsky
and then
there was
Nude Descending a Staircase No.2 (1912)
byMarcel Duchamp
DADA (c.1916-1922)
& Conceptualism
(c. 1912 - present)
Fountain (1917)
by Marcel Duchamp
Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany (1919)
by Hannah Höch
Mechanical Head (The Spirit of Our Time), (1920)
by Raoul Hausmann
Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) by Robert Rauschenberg
"This is not a pipe." The Treachery of Images (1928–29)
by René Magritte
The Persistence of Memory (1931)
by Salvador Dali
Anatomy (1930)
by Man Ray
Pietà or Revolution by Night (1923)
by Max Ernst
Abstract Expressionism
"New York School" (1946-1956)

Untitled (1948)
Willem de Kooning
White Square (1948) by Lee Krasner
untitled (1947)
by Franz Kline
The Liver is the Cock's Comb (1944)
by Arshile Gorky
Untitled (1949)
by Mark Rothko
Autumn Gold (1957)
by Hans Hofmann
flight (1969)
Adolph Gottlieb
Number 457 (1954) by Anne Ryan
Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 110 (1971)
by Robert Motherwell
The Clock (1956-57)
by Philip Guston
1957-D No. 1 (1957)
by Clyfford Still
Bull (1957)
by Elaine de Kooning
Music was of absolute importance to Kandinsky and influenced all of his work. He often titled his pieces with musical reference.
Creative Expression

Sneak peak into our
mini unit...
Together we will
explore and play
with Abstract Art

That is beautiful which is produced by the inner need, which springs from the soul. -Wassily Kandinsky
Madam Cézanne in a Red Armchair (1877)
by Paul Cézanne
Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953)
by Robert Rauschenberg
Abstract art - an artwork that does not depict a
person, place or thing as it exists in the natural world
bstract art is a form of art that uses no certain shape or picture, it uses an effect the artists try to reach even if most of the people viewing the art might not see it. Abstract art can be pleasing to the eye even if some people don't agree the however the artists decide to paint their pieces abstract art is pleasing to however the viewer views it.
Franz Kline

He was an
painter mostly associated with
abstract art.
He did most of his paintings from the years of 1956 to 1962
Most famous for his
black and white

He was labeled an "action painter"
Abstract Art- Art that does not attempt to represent
recognizable reality
but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes,
forms, colors, textures,
Impressionism- c.1860s–1920s Term generally applied to a movement of art in France in the late 19th century. Some Impressionist painting characteristics include: small, yet visible brush strokes, emphasis on the accurate depiction of light, ordinary subject matter, and unusual visual angles. Some artists include Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and Gustave Caillebotte.

Post-Impressionism- c. 1880s–1900s Some Post-Impressionist painting characteristics include: the use of vivid colors, thick application of paint, distinctive brushstrokes, real-life subject matter, more inclined to emphasize geometric forms and to distort form for expressive effect, and to use unnatural or arbitrary color as opposed to the more realistic Impressionist style. Some of the leading figures were Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Cubism- c. 1906–1919 An artistic style pioneered by Picasso and his friend and fellow painter, Georges Braque. In Cubist paintings, objects are broken apart and reassembled in an abstracted form, highlighting their composite geometric shapes and depicting them from multiple, simultaneous viewpoints in order to create physics-defying, collage-like images. Today, "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" (1907) is considered the precursor and inspiration of Cubism.
Expressionism- c. 1890s–1930s A manner of painting, drawing, sculpting, etc., in which forms are distorted or exaggerated and colors are intensified for emotive or expressive purposes. “Der Blaue Reiter” (The Blue Rider) c. 1911–1914 was formed in 1911 in Munich as a loose association of painters led by Vasily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. They shared an interest in the use of abstracted forms and prismatic colors.
What does this mean?
to not create
the effect of recognizable

a fancy definition

What are some parts to music?
Verse, Beat
, etc….

What if all you had to listen to was Classical Music – would you miss out?

What if all you had to look at was Realistic art
- would you miss out?

Can you relate art and music ?
Is Classical more abstract or is
Hip Hop more abstract?

Since abstract art first appeared, many people had difficulty understanding and struggled to accept it as art.
If you are one of these people – don’t worry. This is an attempt to explain how to understand and appreciate abstract art.

Sometimes looking at Abstract Art is like finding images in clouds.
Abstract art is in the eye of the beholder YOU!

Everyone brings their own unique interpretation to the abstract art-
it's like looking for shapes in the clouds.
Everybody sees something different!

Any art that is not 100% realistic ???
Maybe show an exaggeration of one or more compositional elements???

Types of Abstraction

artwork with recognizable images

Picasso, Head, 1960

Matisse, The Blue Nude, 1952


artwork with no recognizable images

Abstract Formalism
Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian

Abstract Expressionism
Jaskson Pollock, "Lavender Mist" from 1950

Wassily Kandinsky (
He is considered one of the “inventors” of
abstract painting
. He began painting realistic subjects but evolved into abstract art.
He believed in what he called the “psychological and spiritual effects of color", developing an art form in which
shapes and colors
alone became the important quality.

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956
Moved to New York to study at the Art Students League
Worked for the Federal Art Project from 1938-1942
Invented the “drip” technique
Artist of the most expensive painting in the world in 2006, “No. 5” (1948), that sold for $140,000,000

Franz Kline’s “Painting Number 2” (1954)

Abstract paintings and art have influenced many people to not feel like they just have to paint portraits and landscapes, but that they can just paint
what they feel
and make their work actually mean something to them!

From the principal:
Please remain consistent with the school policy (listed in faculty handbook) that students are not permitted to eat in class. They are permitted to have clear water bottles only.
Thanks for your help,
Jeanne Wagner, Ph.D.


Detentions will be given and
the food taken away!
Abstract Art Slideshow
Cubism and Futureism Slideshow
There really is no specific starting date of abstract art, much less an ending date.

Some people believe it began with
& Post Impressionism.

Some believe it didn't really take off
& Geometric Abstraction.


Write this down
What do you see?

Jackson Polluck
Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950

Frank Stella, (The Science of Laziness) 1984
Composition with Yellow, Blue, and Red, 1921, oil on canvas, 72.5 x 69 cm, Tate Gallery. London

There are now tons of buildings, bridges, monuments, etc. that have been created with an abstract theme. Architecture as a whole has changed incredibly since abstract art was introduced.
Shapes, forms, colors... what are these???
Who do you think painted these?
Do you think this is objective
or non-objective?
Bathroom Policy:
You must go right when you get into the classroom.
Drop your stuff, let me know, and GO!
You will not have extra time when you return to finish your bell work.

Class Policy:
You will not be allowed to leave to go to the library or to talk to another teacher without having a note from that teacher. Don't ask me if you can go to the library and print something out for another class.

If I see a cell phone I will take it and
you will not get it back!

What buildings around
New Orleans do you think are abstract?
Is this abstract?
Do you see "action"?
What are some parts to art?
Movement, Line
Create four abstract compositions using the neutrals black, gray, and white. Try to be influenced by the music.
“Painting should represent a mood not illustrate an object.”
Wassily Kandinsky
Bell work begins tomorrow!
Have paper you can take out and turn in!

Clean up after yourselves!
Detentions will be given!

Create an abstract mixed media painting- Kandinsky style. You can use color!
Painting Procedures/ Clean up
Each table is responsible for the maintenance of their supplies.
- 2 to 3 water cups
- paper towels
- brush cup
- paint
All materials should remain clean.
Brushes must be rinsed in the sink using your fingers.
Messy = Detention
Action Painting- a style of painting in which paint is
dribbled, splashed or smeared
onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied.

The style was widespread from the 1940s until the early 1960s, and is closely associated with
abstract expressionism
Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950
by Jackson Pollock
Do you think this is objective
or non-objective?
What do you think this means?
A little more structured painting.
Use of rulers and stencils.
Free forms
Helen Mirren on Kandinsky
Important segment is minute 1:40-3:30
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