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I started doing an essay about Modern Art, the objective is discussing about Cubism, abstract expressionism and pop art of how it was influenced to the Artist.

Before that, I did some research few things to understand main thing; What is Modern Art?

Modern Art is like a “movement” or “expressing” itself to the art. It comes in many ways by Artist who express themselves to their Art.

Below, is a video link of This is Modern Art by Matthew Collings:

On 4:23, it been said, we really don’t know what is Modern Art.

There is a contraction from above paragraph, we do not know if we have answer the question or not for this topic.

5:44 is the start of  all modern art.

5:52 – 6:36 explains the beginning of Cubism and also tells what Cubism is.

6:49 – 8: 16 is where an artist inspires from Picasso and brings new art form today’s world.

8:25 – 8:58 interesting opinion from Matthew about Pablo Picasso

0:30 – 1:09  explains about Cubism

Cubism invented at 1907 by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, that was used to geometry designs to recreate reality into viewer’s mind. It was then divided into two phrase; Analytic and Synthetic.

Analytic Cubism was jointed effort of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque during early 20th century. Analytic cubism is dissect an object by viewpoint to viewpoint towards the painting, giving a results of fragments of imageries in multiple views and overlapping planes, usually the colours are simplified so the viewers is not get disturbed by the painting.

Example of  Les Demoiselles d’Avignon; it is a large old painting done by Piscasso, it was his final piece of work after he had created many sketches and studies of:

Blue Period

Rose Period

Influence of El Greco

Gauguin and Primitivism

Blue Period:

During 1901 – 1904, Picasso painted his work in green and blue shades and sometimes paint with other colours. Beggars, prostitutes and drunks are usually the subjects to his work.

Example of his work during Blue Period: Femme aux Bras Croises (1902), Cleverland Museum of Art (1903).

Rose Period:

During late 1904 – 1906, Picasso created his work with orange and pink colours to contrast cool and somber tone than his previous work period (blue period).

Influence of El Greco:

In 1907, Picasso was inspired to El Greco’s masterpiece during his work on Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon. “The Opening of the Fifth Seal” was suggested that it was the source of inspiration to Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon.

Gauguin and Primitivism:

During late 19th century and early 20th century, the European Culture Elite were discovering African, Micronesian and Native American Art. Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso was inspired to its stark power and simplify style of those cultures.

Paul Gauguin’ works have influence Picasso from his writing, painting and much more.

Picasso completed his masterpiece after his development during these years.

The other phrase is Synthetic Cubism; it has grew out from Analytic Cubism (late stage of Cubism) and was developed by Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Juan Gris. It is similar to Analytic Cubism, except it uses wide range of textures and materials into the painting as well as increasing colours to it.

An example of Synthetic Cubism is “Three Musicians“:

The painting was done the same year as “Three Women at the Spring as it was compared with Three Musicians” because ‘Three Women at the Spring” gave the sense of density, mass and volume while the other gave similar sizes but it was weightless, disembodied and almost alike Two Dimensional. Yet, they look surreal. And I feel that it can be compared because it was painted at the same year, three people in paintings and it seems they are close friends, except they look opposite when comparing with these two pictures.

In “Three Musicians“, a Harlequin, a Pierrot and a monk are generally believe to represent Pablo Piscasso, Guillame Apollinaire and Max Jacob, who had been close friends with Piscasso during 1910s.

I personally find Cubism quite interesting because of how well it has developed in different kind of shapes and many ways where you can look at in different angles, but I sometimes dislike some paintings that are distorted because I felt puzzled towards the paintings.

In 1940s and 1950s after World War II, abstract expression has been developed by American painters, it was mostly based in New York, its a style of painting of combining abstract form and expression emotional value.

Paul Jackson Pollock was a major figure in abstract expressionism, he was well known for unique define of drip painting, one of his famous work is “No.5, 1948“. He wanted people to look at his painting and what it felt to them, it was also to be epitome of abstract expressionism and the second highest painting to be sold for $140million.

I find Abstract expressionism usually annoying, because most paintings  gives me a strange headache due to pounding what kind of painting should it be or what kind of expression its trying to give out. Irony, I find No5, 1948 interesting than most paintings I can across although it looks distorted yet it makes me feel calm.

In 1950s, pop art was developed in Great Britain and United States, its an art that uses images of mass media, advertisement, comics and consumer products into an art form (Collage). It started to happened after the World War II has taken place and also the time when consumers started to go booming.

I personally do not like pop art whatsoever, it usually make puzzle why is it an art or how disturbing the art is. Roy Lichtenstein is a great example, I always pounding myself why is it an art? I feel as if its suppose to be a story rather than an art for unknown reason.

Drowning Girl is one of his work from 1962, its a image from a splash page of DC Comics “Secret Hearts #83“. This image always left me puzzle yet make me feel deep interest towards the art.

It has come to me that cubism, pop art and abstract expressionism have deep meaning to them as some paintings make me feel there is a deep meaning towards them. I find them all very interesting but the only content that I love is abstract expressionism because it usually make me lost in thought for seconds.

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