131 R&D

Research and development for IDES 131

The Best of Both: James Rosenquist (1933 – 2017) (Abstract Expressionism & Pop Art)

I don’t like abstract art. I said it, it’s not a controversial opinion and I’m okay with that. I was worried I was going to have a pretty rough time writing on this era of art for that reason. Abstract… Continue Reading →

Thanatopsis: the Blasted Dystopian Dreamscapes of Polish Surrealist Zdzisław Beksiński (1929 – 2005) (Cubism, Dadaism & Surrealism)

[Initial Important Disclaimer for Jeff!] I know that Beksiński is not on the list of suggested artists for this period, but I wanted to take a chance on him. If you need me to pick one off of the period… Continue Reading →

The New Objectivity and the Unflinching Eye: Otto Dix (1891 – 1969)(Expressionism, Fauvism and Early 20th Century)

  Neue Sachlichkeit: Otto Dix I thought I was going to have a bit of a struggle finding an artist I really liked for this period; expressionism is not really my cup of tea, which is not to say I… Continue Reading →

(Impressionism and Post-Impressionism) Secret Symbols and the Life Exotic: Gustave Moreau (1826 -1898)

I feel like I’ve got a bit of a strange relationship with the span of Impressionism movements. I can appreciate the creative risks these painters took in confronting a restrictive status quo and a cultural climate dominated by expectations of… Continue Reading →

Baroque – Against All Odds: Artemisia Gentileschi (1593 – 1656)

This week, I wanted to focus on Artemisia Gentileschi for two reasons: not only was she a gifted painter in her own right, but she was one who was both fierce and assertive in an era where women as artists… Continue Reading →

High Renaissance and Mannerism – Hans Holbein the Younger (1497 – 1543)

Oh MAN was I ever excited for this one!   I couldn’t resist going with Hans Holbein the Younger for this week. His engraving and woodcut pieces are enormous favorites of mine, particularly from his Danse Macabre series. In this… Continue Reading →

Late Gothic and Early Renaissance – Andrea Mantegna (1431 – 1506)

I was doing a bit of reading on the artists we hadn’t covered in lecture and found some pretty interesting works by Andrea Mantegna that stuck out for me.   Andrea was born in Padua, the son-in-law to the famous… Continue Reading →

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