from Joan Justis
Composition VII 1913 Wassily Kandinsky
Twentieth century European artists turned to abstract compositions because they wanted to find pure expression. They wanted to be free of the details of reality and to reduce their art to simply lines, shapes, colors, textures. Some even eliminated subject matter and created non-representative art. For example:
Paul Klee (1879-1940) especially enjoyed working with color. “Color has taken possession of me….Color and I are one.” Partsch, Susanna (2007). Klee (reissue) (in German). Cologne: Benedikt Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8228-6361-9.
Coming to Bloom 1934 Paul Klee
Joan Miro (1893-1983) used shape, line and color. Miro is quoted as saying that he would get his ideas at night, even seeing shapes on his ceiling. Janis Mink, Miró (Los Angeles: Taschen, 2003), p. 43
Constellation: Awakening at Dawn, Joan Miro
Much of today’s modern art is abstract expressionism. The artist uses spontaneous techniques to portray a creative emotional image. This style developed in New York after WWII during the 1940’s and 50’s. The Denver Art Museum website points out that this is the first American-grown modern art movement. Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) is the perfect example.
You should try it. I did. You can use different media on the same picture. Pick your colors first. Then decide where you want the darks and the lights. Remember you can add layers as they dry. Think and follow a directional pattern and splash away.
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Sunny Garden 2017 Joan Justis