ART 340 Painting
Instructed by Ralph Larmann
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The Red Room
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow
Modernism was a movement that started around 1880 and ended in 1980. It was characterized by its theoretical approach to art. "Art for art's sake" was a term which exemplified this movement because it basically said that art should be examined further to find out more about itself. The Modernists worked on theories of color, spirituality, universality, psychology, perception and the idea behind the art sometimes became more important than the image produced.
-worked from ideas in psychology like Faber Birren's Psychology of Color. Birren found that people reacted differently when exposed to different colors. For instance, red made people hungry; blue was a calming color; etc.
Portrait of Mdme. Matisse (the Green Stripe), 1905, oil on canvas, 16"x 12"
Painting Number 201, 1914, oil on canvas, 5'4"x 4'
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907, oil on canvas, 8'x 7'8"
Three Musicians, 1921, oil on canvas, 6'7"x 7'3"
Guernica, 1937, oil on canvas, 11'6"x 25'6"
De Stijl Painting (the style)
Late 20th Century Painting
Robert Rauschenberg who was originally associated with the Pop Art Movement of the 1960's and 70's is truly a Postmodernist. He has set up a non-profit organization called ROCI (Rauschenberg Overseas Cultural Interchange) through which he funds projects which involve cultural interactions. His works are conglomerations of images and objects which identify a culture. He did a number of works in the 60's dealing with JFK and the NASA space program.
Odalisk, c. 1960, sculpture
Super Realist Painting
The last ten years has seen the rise of Neo-Expressionism (Kiefer), Grafitti Art (Haring, Basquiat), and a host of other small regional movements. Art today draws from every conceivable source and exists in the most basic conceptual context to the most primitive and immediate. It really depends on the artist's intention, the ideas that they want to communicate, and the need to create and discover.
Web sites of some significant living paintersGuerrilla Girls