Monthly Archives: April 2014

Notes on Cubism, Constructivism, Suprematism, Neo Impressionism, Fauvism, De Stijl

Cubism 2 phases – Analytical (1909-1911) – No spatial recession, muted colours – Idea that a picture was a physical object in its own right, rather than an illusionistic representation of something else. Synthetic (1912-1914) – The image is built up from … Continue reading

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The influence of Italian and Russian Futurism on modern and postmodern art

Futurism in Italy – Marinetti’s 1908 Manifesto declared a break with traditional and realistic painting and proclaimed the start of a new awareness which they labeled ‘dynamic sensation’ (beauty of speed). They claimed that spatial conceptions of the past must be smashed and … Continue reading

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Exercise abstracting near and far

I set up a still life outside with a fence, trees and shrubs visible in the background. A simple sketch A simple painting in watercolour, below. I made some changes to the above skectch. I excluded depth of field, kept to … Continue reading

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Exercise – Abstracting from form

I’m asked to print a photo of a simple still life and print it out. Then colour in the negative space, shapes and emphasizing parts of the positive forms. Turn the sheet over to reveal reverse image. Unfortunately my printer packed … Continue reading

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Development of Abstraction -Cezanne, Whistler, Picasso, Rodchenko, Gabo, Nicholson

Cezanne (1839-1906) – Father of twentieth century cubism and abstract painting. Cezanne never departed from nature. When he spoke of ‘the cone, the cylinder and sphere’ he never thought of these geometric shapes as the end result or the final abstraction into … Continue reading

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Kerri Evans exhibition

Kerri Evans comments on her work, ‘The painting process is all important to me. I do not plan my work, it begins without the conditioning of idea or even conception. It is through the action of painting that the compositions … Continue reading

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Outline of Critical Review : Postmodernism

Throughout this course, I have been aware of my interest in beauty of truth in art, but I am also aware of Postmodernism’s suspicion of  meta-narratives, of grand theories and systems and its rejection of claims to absolute value or truth, authority … Continue reading

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