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EN 1006 Lecture Notes - W. B. Yeats, Noh, Impressionism

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EN 1006
Alison Halsall

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EN 1100 B April 23, 2009
Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending A Staircase
Also refer to Bicycle Wheel and Fountain
Artwork is usually a response to the Victorian period
oChallenges the Victorian idea of beauty
oBeauty can be something profane - normally everyday
oArt as for everybody
oHowever the artists of their period were extremely
oChipping away at (capital “A”) Art
Ways of Seeing Differently
Two examples of visual modernism
Literary modernism includes a cluster of different stylistic practices
Features visual montage
a new literary and artistic genre that flourished in the Victorian period
that attempted to give the impression of recording faithfully an actual
way of life, of providing a "slice of life"
also focused on the plight of unmarried women
was NOT a direct reproduction of reality
it is an ideological system
realist texts have the power to frame, to direct what we see, and to
construct how we might see it
shared with literary realism and photography and interest in capturing
"reality" in art
to record visual reality in terms of transient effects of light and colour
forms lost their clear outlines and became dematerialized
tried to produce the different effects of sunlight and shadow
not as realist, because forms are dematerialized, with less contrived
Cubism - Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris
very little is representational
viewer needs to make meaning for themselves --> forcing readers to
put in work in understanding their artistic expressions
refuted the idea that art should reproduce nature
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