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Abstraction and Realism

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    Slide Notes

    Do these figures convey the same feeling?
    Why, or why not?

    Details

    Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer

    original model 1878–81, cast after 1921

    Edgar Degas, French, 1834–1917

    Dimensions

    Total height: 103.7 cm; Height of Figure: 98 cm; Height of base: 5.7 cm; width of base 45.5 cm; depth of base: 46.5 cm

    Medium

    Bronze, gauze and satin

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    38.1756

    Collections
    Europe
    On View
    Rabb Gallery (Europ. 1870-1900) - 255 More Info

    Three Native Women

    1902–03

    Paul Gauguin, French, 1848–1903

    Dimensions

    Original sheet: 43.2 x 30.4 cm (17 x 11 15/16 in.) Mount: 44 x 31 cm (17 5/16 x 12 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Transfer drawing in black, squared for transfer in graphite pencil, on cream wove paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    56.106

    Collections
    Prints and Drawings More Info

    Description

    Bronze. Figure of a girl ballet dancer. Tulle skirt.


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    Slide Notes

    What do you see that is the same?

    What is different?

    Why do you think the artist chose to make it different or not?

    Details

    Times Square, Abstraction No. 1

    1914

    Abraham Walkowitz, American (born in Russia), 1878–1965

    Dimensions

    Sheet: 50.5 x 38.0 cm (19 7/8 x 14 15/16 in.)

    Medium

    Watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    40.625

    Collections
    Prints and Drawings More Info

    Times Square Building

    1914

    Karl Struss, American, 1886–1981

    Dimensions

    Image/Sheet: 9.5 x 7.9 cm (3 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.) Mount: 12.5 x 9.7 cm (4 15/16 x 3 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Photograph, silver bromide print

    Classification

    Photographs

    Accession Number

    2001.342

    Collections
    Photography More Info

    Description


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    Slide Notes

    What is similar about these pictures?
    What is different?

    Why do you think the artist chose to create the paintings the way he did?

    Details

    Sketch Page with Nude and Classical Heads

    August 3, 1931

    Pablo Picasso, Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973

    Dimensions

    Overall: 32.6 x 25.7 cm (12 13/16 x 10 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Pen and black ink on cream laid paper

    Classification

    Drawings

    Accession Number

    57.551

    Collections
    Prints and Drawings More Info

    Standing Figure

    1908

    Pablo Picasso, Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973

    Dimensions

    150.2 x 100.3 cm (59 1/8 x 39 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    58.976

    Collections
    Europe
    On View
    Rabb Gallery (20th c. Modernism) - 155 More Info

    Description


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    Slide Notes

    Details

    Kümmernis (Sorrow)

    1914

    Egon Schiele, Austrian, 1890–1918

    Dimensions

    Platemark: 47.7 x 31.7 cm (18 3/4 x 12 1/2 in.); sheet: 52.1 x 36.2 cm (20 1/2 x 14 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Drypoint on heavy buff Japan paper

    Classification

    Prints

    Accession Number

    2002.902

    Collections
    Prints and Drawings More Info

    Schiele's Wife with Her Little Nephew

    1915

    Egon Schiele, Austrian, 1890–1918

    Dimensions

    Sight: 48.3 x 31.8 cm (19 x 12 1/2 in.) Framed: 70.8 x 53.7 cm (27 7/8 x 21 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Charcoal and opaque and transparent watercolor on paper

    Classification

    Watercolors

    Accession Number

    65.1322

    Collections
    Prints and Drawings More Info

    Description


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    Slide Notes

    Are both of these paintings landscapes?

    What is realistic?

    What is abstracted?

    Details

    Landscape with Sheep and Old Well

    about 1857

    Elihu Vedder, American, 1836–1923

    Dimensions

    38.1 x 72.71 cm (15 x 28 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    74.15

    Collections
    Americas More Info

    Ravine

    1889

    Vincent van Gogh, Dutch (worked in France), 1853–1890

    Dimensions

    73 x 91.7 cm (28 3/4 x 36 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    52.1524

    Collections
    Europe
    On View
    Rabb Gallery (Europ. 1870-1900) - 255 More Info

    Description


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    Slide Notes

    What is realistic about these images?

    What is abstracted?

    Explain the feelings you get from the images?

    Details

    Lullaby: Madame Augustine Roulin Rocking a Cradle (La Berceuse)

    1889

    Vincent van Gogh, Dutch (worked in France), 1853–1890

    Dimensions

    92.7 x 72.7 cm (36 1/2 x 28 5/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    48.548

    Collections
    Europe More Info

    Africa

    about 1783

    Royal Copenhagen Manufactory, Denmark

    Dimensions

    33.02 x 26.68 cm (13 x 10 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Tin-glazed earthenware

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware

    Accession Number

    65.1711

    Collections
    Europe More Info

    Description


    Negress, capped with turban of elephant head with protruding tusks, sits on base of yellow, green, brown and gray rocks. White dress clings to body with blue scarf falling over right shoulder into lap. Right arm clutches cornucopia to body; left hand holds snake at neck. Lion crouched around her.

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