What do you think this is a
Would you paint something like
Do you think this is art?
Earth and Green
How would you classify this
Why? or Why not?
Non-objective art does not contain a recognizable subject. Rather, the artist manipulates the
elements of art by using the principles of design.
One thing to remember about non objective art is the time period. Non-objective art really began
in post war America, at a time period where there was so much emphasis on subject matter.
Why do people create non-objective art?
Abstract expressionist artists
continue to use the formalist and
expressionist techniques used by
the expressionist artists.
Instead of using a recognizable
subject matter to illustrate their
emotions, abstract expressionist
artists are purely creating a visual
representation of what is within.
Nature Abhors a Vacuum, 1973
Acrylic on canvas, 103 x 112 inches
For example: Instead of painting
someone who looks sad, they
were attempting to paint what they
felt sad looked like.
Characteristics of abstract expressionist
Emphasis on use of elements
Typically very large scale
With just a few exceptions, there
are no recognizable subject
Abstract expressionism began
here in America and is credited
with putting New York in the
center of the art world.
Stemmed from abstract
expressionism, most of the early
color field painters were
Color field paintings are typically
in simple shapes, stripes, targets,
simplistic natural shapes and
detach color from a description of
a subject, and instead use color
as a subject on it’s own.
Pollock wanted an end to the viewer's January 28, 1912 – August 11,
search for figurative elements in his
paintings, and so he abandoned titles and
started numbering the paintings instead. Of an accomplished painter, and
this, Pollock commented: "...look passively best known for his Abstract
Expressionist drip paintings
and try to receive what the painting has to
created between 47 and 50.
offer and not bring a subject matter or
preconceived idea of what they are to be
The most prominent and well
looking for." Pollock's wife, Lee Krasner, known Abstract Expressionist
said Pollock "used to give his pictures painter.
conventional titles... but now he simply
numbers them. Numbers are neutral. They
Action Painting- style of painting
make people look at a picture for what it in which paint is spontaneously
Jackson Pollock, Lavender Mist,1950
dribbled, splashed or smeared
onto the canvas, rather than being
Going West, Jackson Pollock
September 25, 1903 – February 25,
Rothko was a pioneer in the art of
color field painting.
Though Rothko is an Abstract
Expressionist painter his style differs
greatly from the erratic drips and
splatters of Pollock.
For Rothko, these blurred blocks of
various colors, devoid of landscape or
human figure, let alone myth and
symbol, possessed their own life
force. They contained a "breath of life"
he found lacking in most figurative
painting of the era.
Mark Rothko, No.61, Rust and Blue, 1953
Initially associated with Abstract
Expressionism her career was
launched in 1952 with the exhibition of
Mountains and Sea.
She introduced the technique of
painting directly onto an unprepared
canvas so that the material absorbs the
Round Trip, Helen Frankenthaler, 1957
December 12, 1928 – December 27,
Using this type of painting created a
water color look but utilized oil paints
heavily diluted with turpentine. A
disadvantage of not priming the surface
is, the paint eventually begins to
discolor and rot the painting.
In addition to painting, Stella’s
work also includes a wide array
of prints and sculptures.
Stella’s Color Field paintings
incorporate focus heavily on line
and shape, as well as color.
Firuzabad, Frank Stella, 1970
May 12, 1936-still alive
Stella is also a pioneer and one
of the only artists known for his
Your non-objective objective.
Using the paper given, create a collage which utilizes your
elements and principles, your goal should be to emphasize one
or two specifically.
Your collage should not incorporate recognizable images or