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Museum Paper - Art 152 Exhibition Humor and Imagination in Twentieth Century Surrealism and Pop Art 1 Salvador Dali"Soft Construction with Boiled

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Art 152 Exhibition – Humor and Imagination in Twentieth Century Surrealism and Pop Art
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2 Salvador Dali "Soft, Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War)" – 1936 Oil on canvas 100 × 99 cm, 39 5/16 × 39 3/8 in Julien Levy Gallery, New York, by 1937 (on consignment from Peter Watson?) [1]; Stendahl Art Galleries, Los Angeles, purchased from the artist, November 4, 1937 [2]; sold to Louise and Walter C. Arensberg, Los Angeles, 1937; gift to PMA, 1950. 1. See 1937 exhibition loan label on reverse of painting. 2. Stendahl purchased the painting out of the Carnegie International exhibition (see Stendahl Gallery records, Archives of American Art, microfilm reel #2722, frame 130). See also the Arensbergs' provenance notes dated December 1, 1951 (PMA, Arensberg Archives).Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950 This painting refers to the Spanish Civil War and so becomes an icon for the same political war found in Picasso’s Guernica . The title creates a certain humorous context for a very serious subject. Dali Also uses unnatural colors, and creates shadows within the painting. This piece combines unnatural elements ranging from the abnormal human depictions, to the title itself. http://www.clevelandart.org/exhibcef/barcelona/html/8036636.html
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3 Rene Magritte “Golconde” 1953 Oil on canvas 31 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas Magritte often alters the scale of objects in his paintings to create a sense of absurdity. Everyday objectsd gain magical powers in his works. He often places himself in the work as well, as in Golconde , where he paints himself over and over again in a trench coat and bowler hat, a symbol of Everyman, and perhaps a commentary on the anonymity of city life. 1 Golconde incorporates a dull background, which allows the men in bowler hats, and suits to stick out in contrast, giving the affect of motion. 1 “Surrealism,” Eyecon Art (2008), http://www.eyeconart.net/history/surrealism.htm.
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4 Frida Kahlo “The Wounded Deer” – 1946 Oil on masonite 8 ¾" x 11 ¾" Collection of Carolyn Farb Houston, Texas, U.S.A, December 11th 2004 - May 8th 2005 the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto Italy, Collection of Carolyn Farb Houston, Texas, U.S.A Frida Kahlo, like Magritte, painted herself into many (indeed most) of her works. She did not think of herself as a Surrealist, though they embraced her. Her face is seen in this painting on the body of her own pet deer, and the deer is “surrounded by trees and trapped, transmitting a feeling of fear and desperation.” 2 2 “The Wounded Deer,” Frida Kahlo Fans (2008), http://www.fridakahlofans.com/c0540.html.
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5 Roy Lichtenstein “Blam” – 1962 Oil on canvas 68 x 80 in Richard Brown Baker, B.A. 1935 1995.32.9 ©Estate of Roy Lichtenstein,Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven In the early 1960s, Roy Lichtenstein produced a number of paintings based on comic books and comic strips, using the style of the comic book artist to comment on society. Blam is one of the early works that got him his first show. Lichtenstein tended to work “in successive series or thematic groups.”
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This note was uploaded on 07/09/2008 for the course ART 152 taught by Professor Bauer during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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Museum Paper - Art 152 Exhibition Humor and Imagination in Twentieth Century Surrealism and Pop Art 1 Salvador Dali"Soft Construction with Boiled

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