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"Modern Art" began when artists began to depart from the natural appearance
of things (realism) and imagine new kinds of expression.
Picasso pioneered abstraction methods in 1907 and continued
with "cubism" in one form or another for decades after.
used some of the methods which are shown on this page.
Distortion and exaggeration
Figure and Ground experiementation
Breaking up Spacial areas
is the modern art approach to drawing and painting. Through
abstraction we become aware that the whole picture space
is important to the visual whole. Break up is the first
task of design. The skilled artist thinks about the whole picture.
Each and every square inch has to be thought of in respect to
the other parts.
Abstraction: Basic Methods
Overlapped forms produce spacial areas
Similar Shapes or Forms with overlapping
Lines of Symmetry
divide space and penetrate objects
and Overlap Shapes which are Unlike
free to Reinterpret the shape or Distort the shape
Break up Space with a Figure and Background type of pattern.
(this means that both dark and light areas or shapes are of
equal importantce. This is called a Positive -
Negative design. Or Figure and Field Design.
is done by using more or less strait line segments to interpret
the subject. After drawing segmented countours (edges) one
connects the points of the line segments together. Finally
add tone or color to each section (or surface). Color or tone
changes as it moves from one side to the other. In the first
example use see the breakup into faceted areas, In the second
you will see how color was introduced to produce a cubistic
interpretation. Picasso and Bracque used this method in the
early 1900s as they developed Cubism. They were inspired by
Cezanne and African Sculpture.
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