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Even, Robert L.||Arends, Jack

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

Legacy Department

Department of Art


Art; Abstract; Expressionism (Art)


Through the years, artists have always been concerned with finding new ways of expression. Experimentation has played an important role, for as these artists sought to develop their individual theories, they utilized a variety of ideas and methods. The object of this study is to analyze the ideas, theories, and methods of painting, and to illustrate their relationship to the development of Abstract Expressionism. By studying each movement in modern art in order of its occurrence from Impression to Abstract Expressionism, the gradual transition from one period to the next can be seen. The ideas, theories, and methods of painting of each period involved have been studied and serve to point out clearly the circumstances that aided in the break from traditional methods of painting. Innovations as developed by individual artists of each group are discussed, and the influence these artists had over the coming generation of painters is seen as a means of developing new art forms. Comparisons of various ideas have also been helpful in pointing out relationships between various movements in art. All of the periods involved in this study are in some way related to one another. The influence of the modern artists of the past is evident in contemporary painting today, for the work of the artists of this age reflects all of the ideas that have been explored earlier. The logical order of events concerning various movements, artists, and ideas, illustrates the development of Abstract Expressionism.


Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


iv, 77 pages




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