“Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools everinvented by human beings to imagine, decipher, anddepict the world.”- Jerry Saltz
INNN A NUTSHELL A genre of art Representation that has no referenceto concrete objects or specificexamples Everyone looks at it differently Interpreted by the viewer’s pastexperiences “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
INNN A NUTSHELL still… It can slightly, partially, or fully deviatefrom reality Abstract Art uses a visual language ofform, color, and line to create acomposition which may exist with adegree of independence from visualreference in the world
Origins and influences Impressionism - central object madeimportant. Post-impressionism - overlapping planesto form shape. Fauvism - use of color and abstractshapes and forms. Cubism - simplification in geometricshapes or forms.
Fauvist influencesWassily KandinskyMaurice De Vlaminck
Other influences Sciences and Physics Philosophy Psychology Politics MusicTheory of relativity
SCIENCES AND PHYSICS• Darwin’s Theory of Evolution was beingconsidered• Einstein’s Theory of Relativity• People views have been changing
POLITICS• Red Scare• Great Depression• World War I• Fear, anger, worry
• Considered thefather of psychology• Research with littleAlbert.
Wassily Kandinsky Russian painter and art theorist Studied at the Academy of FineArts Taught at the Bauhaus Schoolof Art and Architecture His art was inspired by music Each note was assigned a color Created rich paintings with much colorand form
Kazimir Malevich Malevich was a Russian painterand art theoretician He did geometric abstract art He was the originator of theAvant-Garde He was a Suprematist (focusedon basic geometric forms) Studied at the Moscow School ofPainting, Sculpture, andArchitecture
Piet Mondrian important contributor to the De Stijlart movement and group Neo-Plasticism Geometric artist Painted many simple lines andsquares with different color effects After his death, many fashionstatements were influenced by hisart
Georgia O’Keeffe O’Keeffe went to Chatham ProtestantEpiscopal Institute She studied art at the Art Institute ofChicago and the Art Students League inNew York Revolutionized modern art Painted art/nature Most of her paintings are close-upsof flowers