Lecture7 - Modern Art: Lecture 7 (1/31/2012) QuickTime and...

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Modern Art: Lecture 7 (1/31/2012) QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Georges Seurat Bathers Asniéres 1883-84 Neo-Impressionists subgroup- rejected by Academy/Salon » Salon of the Independents Movement toward landscape in Impressionism Return to classical bather scene, but painting modern life Specific location, modern bridges, working class bathers Reference to older painting with ‘river god’ Profile dominates » antiquity, Egyptian friezes Skin white like a statue Like one body over time in various positions- range of motions, breakdown of movements; answering to modern modes like photography Georges Seurat Bec du Hoc at Grandcamp, 1885 Focus on landscape and optical experience Going further with Impressionist project- optics No local color; combo of light and varying hues- chromoluminarism The painting’s closer to art itself rather than the real Rigidly composed- horizon meets the point of the different Deeply panned Intensifying artistic composition Color applied: dots and short lines, becomes something other than what we see
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QuickTimeª and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. Georges Seurat A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884-86 Monumental canvas- occupies space of history painting, but reinventing its function Sketch composition over and over again- planning Late day, long shadows Front of painting cast into shadows Panorama of society possible; characteristic of modernity Clothes reveal class, or imitate Difficulty of reading- uncertainty, confusion of classes Rigidly structured Alternation of light and shadow Bodies seem to only have 4 sides: rigid and mechanic Evokes Egyptian rigidity, step forward into space but stuck to stone
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