Modern Art

Impressionism –late 1880s
• Interested in capturing the quality of light
• Harmonious colors
• Choppy and visible brush strokes
• Two Examples of Major Artists:
• Claude Monet
• Pierre Auguste Renior
Claude Monet
Claude Monet, Haystacks, (sunset), 1890-1891, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Claude Monet
Vétheuil in the Fog, 1879, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.
Claude Monet
Nympheas, 1915, Neue Pinakothek,
Bridge over a Pond of Water
1899, Metropolitan Museum of
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette
(Bal du moulin de la Galette), 1876, Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
On the Terrace, oil on canvas,
1881, Art Institute of Chicago
Girl with a Watering Can (1876)
Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881)
Alice and Elisabeth Cahen d'Anvers
(Pink and Blue) (1881)
Modern Art: Post Impressionism
• Shift in color usage- color no longer
• Interested in developing a visual language
of symbols.
• Capturing the psychological feelings or
emotions of the subject
• Major Artists: Vincent Van Gogh and Paul
Signac, George Seurat
Vincent Van Gogh
The Starry Night, June 1889, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Vincent Van Gogh
Bedroom in Arles (1888), Van Gogh Museum
Vincent Van Gogh
Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers
(August 1888), Neue Pinakothek, Munich
Self-portrait, 1889, private collection
Paul Signac
Paul Signac, Portrait of Félix Fénéon, 1890,
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Paul Signac
Port St.Tropez , 1901
George Seurat
Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,
1884-1886, The Art Institute of Chicago.
George Seurat
Bathers at Asnières, 1884, National Gallery, London
George Seurat
Detail from La Parade (1889) showing pointillism
Cubism 1907-1914
• Multiple view points
• Non representational spatial relationships
• Use of non traditional and traditional
• Geometric division of space
• Major Artist: Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
Guitar, Glass and Fruit by Picasso
Pablo Picasso
Fruit Bowl and Guitar by Picasso
Pablo Picasso
Bull Skull, Fruit and Pitcher 1939 by Pablo Picasso
Modern Art between the Wars
• Concept based
• Politically charged- in response to the
Wars and new technology
• Looking at breaking the painting down to
the principles and elements of designs
• Major Artists: Piet Mondrian and Alberto
Piet Mondrian
“Broadway Boogie Woogie”
Piet Mondrian
“Composition with Red”
Piet Mondrian
“L’arbre”, 1908
Alberto Giacometti
Alberto Giacometti
“Cat”, 1954
Alberto Giacometti
Alberto Giacometti
Walking Man II (1948)
Op Art
Interested in creating optical illusions
Short lived art movement
Inspired from the Minimalism movement
High contrast colors
• Major Artist: Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley 1963 Fall
Bridget Riley
The Riley Illusion
Pop Art
• Started in the 1950
• Interested in exploring the differences and
similarities between mass produced art
and fine art
• A reflection on popular culture
• Major artists: Andy Warhol and Roy
Andy Warhol
Marilyn, 1967 by Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol
10 Marilyns, 1967
Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein
Drowning Girl 1963

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