Realistic Vs Abstract Art

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University of Houston – Downtown Realistic vs Abstract Art Comparison of John Sargent Noble and Jackson Pollock Artworks Michael Crowley Art 1310 Sharon Worley April 17, 2017 In today’s society we feel a constant need for expressing, or venting, our disgust towards the disappointing events happening across the world. Throughout history, and even today, we see harsh treatment of people because they didn’t meet the “norm” of skin color, sexuality, nationality, ideas, creativeness, gender, success etc.; yet, all calls for opposition and national spotlight has been voiced through some form of art. Art has proven to be an outlet used to give voice to those who need it; with the intent of bringing us together, helping to see the…show more content…
Figure 1 John Sargeant Hunt, Otter Hunt ("On the Scent"), 1881. Oil on Canvas, 41"x60". Museum of Fine Arts Houston John Sargent Noble, born in 1848 and pupil of Edwin Landseer, was a noted realistic artist of the Society of British Artists known for his animal and sporting paintings (The Correspondence of James McNeill Whistler :: Biography). He was born into the realism movement, which began in the 1840s considered to be the first modern movement, where the art society began to shift from traditional forms of idealistic art to real-life events (Realism 2017). Otter Hunt (“On the Scent”) shows the shift of merging art and life, showing how Noble fit the piece into the modern art by showing a vivid image of depicts how dogs played a significant role in human survival when hunting down a food source. Created in 1881, oil on canvas, Noble was able to show rejection of traditional work to coincide with the push towards the natural representation of present living conditions and events. The shift from romanticism to realism meant that there would be no more sugar-coating events that plagued the life of others, giving it a narrative iconography since images are based on real situations telling a story. Figure 2 Jackson Pollock, Number 6, 1949. Duco and aluminum paint on canvas, 112.3cm x 137.2cm Jackson Pollock on the other hand, was a more predominate factor
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