Rorschach, 1984 by Andy Warhol
One of my absolute favorite figures of prehistoric art
This Rinoceros was created around 30,000-35,000 years ago and displays a very dramatic composition with multiple weaker silhouette’s creating a convincing sensation of movement in the rinocerous, throwing it’s head upwards as if in battle, perhaps with one of the artists fellow neanderthals. After this masterpiece was complete this Man or Woman left the depths of the cave and left this legacy to be discovered in the 1900s. Using these sort of dramatic lines went out of style for a while; around 1500 some artists had began to use this sort of technique in their drawings but painting failed to adapt till the 1600s, then, Boroque was born! Motion and freedom from the confines of being oil paint on gesso. The post impressionists, the blue rider group and finally the latest comparison and what I feel resembles the cave painting the most is Futurism, the Futurists made paintings very much in this manner, one image painted multiple times in patterns that create illusions of motion and advancing compositions.
Nocturne in Black and Gold, the Falling Rocket, James A.M Whistler, 1875
Whistler’s impressionist painting of fireworks approaches the abstraction suggested in his title. He emphatically rejected the precise depiction of objects in earlier Victorian painting. When the critic John Ruskin saw the painting in Grosvenor Gallery, he wrote in Fors Clavigear that he “never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face”. Whistler sued Ruskin for libel and won; but he was awarded damage of only one farthing, and the trial left him financially ruined.
I’m going to watch “Gerhard Richter: Painting” tonight. A film of him painting some of his recent abstracts