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  • 1. Noelle Milad Rachel Trulock Claire Cousino“A painting is not about experience, it is an experience.”
  • 2. Summary Main Influences:  Surrealism, cubism, impressionism Historical Context:  WWII, Great Depression Main Artists  Pollock, de Kooning, Kline, Rothko Public reaction
  • 3. Quick review: Cubism- Geometric shapes, sharp lines, didn‟t paint with natural lines  Picasso Impressionism- Ordinary scenes, played with the lighting of the scene  Manet Surrealism  Dali, Ernst
  • 4. Great Depression Works Progress Administration (WPA)  Tried (somewhat successfully) to get U.S. out of Great Depression  Optimistic Federal Art Project  Government hired artists to paint murals (just and example) and bring hope to the people
  • 5. World War II Genocide of Jewish culture  Affected Rothko specifically Expressed opinion against totalitarian government control in Europe Showed their pessimism and negative feelings Showed violence to mirror wartime.  “Their brutality of their art was screaming out of rage at what their world had become.”
  • 6. Naked Man withKnife, 1938-1940, Pollock
  • 7. Action paintingArtists: Jackson Pollock Willem de Kooning Franz Kline: Lead into color field Techniques  Used various tools, unconventional tools  Drip painting (Pollock), swiping brushes across canvas
  • 8. Action Painting •Motive- wanted to evoke strong emotion •Wanted to be a part of the painting •Used large canvases http://www.youtube.co m/watch?v=bSjY4e7Nq To (2:13) Jackson Pollock
  • 9. Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) Troubled childhood Lived in New York City Worked on the Federal Art Project (Great Depression). Dealt with severe alcoholism; died in a drinking and driving accident
  • 10. Jackson Pollock Drip painting: 1947-1950  Used wall paints (fluid paint, muted colors, unconventional applicators, unprimed and un-stretched, large canvas) Defined “drip painting” as a type of action painting. Wanted to be “in” the paintings.
  • 11. No.5 1948, Pollock, 1948
  • 12. Blue Poles, Pollock, 1952
  • 13. Convergence, Pollock(1952) “I can control the flow of the paint, there is no accident.”
  • 14. Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) Sculptures and paintings Started as a commercial artist Federal Art Project (1935-1939)  Murals
  • 15. Willem de Kooning Subjects of paintings are easily recognizable, unlike other abstract expressionists. Women series is his most famous works Applied paint in aggressive manners
  • 16. Woman, de Kooning(1950)
  • 17. Excavation, de Kooning (1950)
  • 18. Women and Bicycle, de Kooning(1953)
  • 19. Franz Kline (1910-1962) Childhood upbringing influenced his aggressive painting style Influenced by wife‟s illness Didn‟t have a meaning behind what was painted on the canvas Black and white paintings  Avoided bright colors
  • 20. Chief, Kline (1950)
  • 21. Painting No. 2, Kline (1954)
  • 22. Mahoning, Kline (1956)
  • 23. Color fieldArtists: Franz Kline Mark Rothko Techniques  Blocks of bright colors  Huge canvases Motive- Evoke intense emotional reaction Emotion- The color in the painting
  • 24. Paintings were typically very large and painted on big canvasesMark Rothko
  • 25. Mark Rothko (1903-1970) Born in Latvia, moved to the U.S. Attended Yale  Dropped out because of the elitist feelings there. Worked with Jackson Pollock.
  • 26. Mark Rothko He looked at art as something that is inspired from one‟s feelings within. Wanted to expose and bring out reality to the viewer. Painted to represent a single idea that summarized all the ideas of human feelings such as human values.
  • 27. White Center, Rothko(1950)
  • 28. No. 10, Rothko (1950)
  • 29. No. 2, Rothko(1951)
  • 30. Public Reaction Generally accepted by the public  Appreciated the reality of the society coming out through the art. Liked by the art community Boosted the public„s morale
  • 31. After AbstractExpressionism Pop art  Andy Warhol Minimalism Was the transition between modernism and postmoderism