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Abstract and Surrealist Art

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Week 32-35 Modern History IDs

Maggie Walston


It's Outta This World!


Abstract Art

  • Style of art that discards identifiable subject matter, or art that does not depict objects in the natural world
  • Originated in the early 1900's
  • Also called nonobjective art or nonfigurative art
  • Allowed the means of imagemaking with the use of brushstrokes, color, and shapes, to overshadow or distort the subject matter
  • Originally meant art with altered but still recognizable content but by the end of WWII, it meant art completely without recognizable subject matter


Wailing on the Sax by Alfred Gockel


On White 2 by Wassily Kandinsky, 1924


Surrealist Art

  • Art that attempts to express the workings of the subconscious by fantastic imagery and out of place arrangement of subject matter
  • Flourished in Europe between WWI and WWII
  • Started by French poet Andre Breton who published the Surrealist Manifesto in 1924
  • Combination of the real world and a dream world


Birth of Liquid Desires by Salvador Dali 1931–32


Sitar Man-South Bombay by Fred Herbert


Week 32-35 Modern History IDs

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