I believe that nothing can be more abstract, more unreal, than what we actually see. We know that… the objective world… never really exists as we see and understand it… has no intrinsic meaning of its own, such as the meanings that we attach to it.
Giorgio Morandi (1890 – 1964)
Natura Morta, 1929
Abstract Expressionism was an American art movement in New York City from the mid-1940s to mid-1950s, and was the first specifically American Art movement to establish worldwide influence. It demonstrated the energy and creativity of America in the post-World War II years, and was the first important school in American painting to establish its own aesthetic ideals of beauty, independent of European influence.
The act of painting was regarded as more significant than the finished products, as painters sought to express their subconscious through art.
Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko were among the most celebrated Abstract Expressionists, though their work varied greatly.
“Woman and bicycle”Willem de Kooning
“Untitled, 1942″Mark Rothko
The progression of a painter’s work as it travels in time from point to point, will be toward clarity.. toward the elimination of all obstacles between the painter and the idea.. and the idea and the observer.. To achieve this clarity is inevitably to be understood.”
“Dreams are specific expressions of the unconscous which have a definite, purposeful structure indicating an underlying idea or intention. The general function of dreams is to restore one’s total psychic equlilibrium. They tend to play a complementary or compensatory role in our psychic makeup”
Dr. Carl Jung
Photo: Dmitri Kessels
“Dreams are but lies, says an old maxim; but when our last hour is at hand, and but a few brief minutes are left to what was I, pale lights that are fast growing dim, who can tell by what mark to distinguish you, O memories of the actual life, from you, O mirages from the dream life.” –
Painting is Sadko, 1876 by Ilja Repin