19th and 20th Century Art

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19th and 20th Century Art:

19 th and 20 th Century Art Presented by The Louvre Museum Speaking Today: Art Curator Helen Meng Location: Musée du Louvre  75001 Paris, France | Phone number: 01 40 20 50 50 | Established: 1793 | Hours: Closed on Tuesday

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To start off this presentation, I’ve chosen to discuss this beautiful impressionistic painting by Robert Hagan.  He manages to capture the essence of leisurely middle-class life amidst an unfocused landscape.  He really manages to encompass impressionistic techniques such as the lighting, the large range of colors in the background composed of flowers.  Rather than depict a political or religious scene, Hagan chose to paint a mother enjoying time with her daughter in a field of flowers, showing the everyday life of modern middle-class workers. Robert Hagan 1947 Untitled

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Rather than painting the world as a kind of window reality, cubists like Georges Braque sought more to paint a realm of art without any specific purpose or meaning. Braque once said, “The painter thinks in forms and colors... The aim is not to reconstitute... One does not imitate the appearance; the appearance is the result.” In cubism, paintings are two dimensional, and shapes are often used to depict proportions. In the painting, Braque is taking apart the violin, in which we may analyze the many parts. Georges Braque Violin and Candlestick , Paris, spring 1910

George Seurat 1884-86 “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” :

George Seurat 1884-86 “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” Post impressionist artist Georges Seurat utilized colors, light, and vision to bring his work to life, allowing the reader to utilize their imaginations to view the painting. The technique he utilized was laborious, and involved applying small dots of paint, which would make up a painting. By doing so, Seurat was able to decompose the colors and allow the viewer to imagine the colors themselves. He once described this painting as “a new version of Phidias's Panathenaic procession [on the Parthenon frieze in Athens], with ‘the moderns moving about...friezelike, stripped down to their essentials.’” He saw himself as an innovative artist, one of the first to bring together the new paintings of modern life with the earlier artistic traditions. In such a way, his painting truly portrays post impressionism, in which modern life is brought back to old artistic traditions.

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