Picasso, Gorky and Pollock

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The transition between an early modernist painting and abstract expressionists can be seen by looking at many different artists. In this essay I am going to look at work from Picasso, Gorky and Pollock to shed some light on some paintings and make the transitions more easily understood.
Pablo Picasso takes abstract to the extreme in his painting “The Guitar Player”. You can barely see the figure in the artwork. He uses very little color and outlines in black. The painting looks like a bunch of cubes, or different shapes coming together to make the image that is the guitar player. Picasso is known as one of the first pioneers of cubism and that can be seen in this work. The next painting that helps to show the transition is by Arshile Gorky and is labeled Untitled 1944. In this piece, the image seems to be almost completely lost. The lines appear to come together to create familiar objects. Like Picasso’s this painting also has little color and he uses white, blue, red and yellow. The painting is very creative and it’s like Gorky creates his own language, his own mark making and even his own calligraphy.
Finally, the most recent of the artworks, Jackson Pollock’s Full Fathom Five, 1947. This painting is definitely abstract and is very spontaneous when it comes to the mark making. Like the other paintings I’ve discussed, this hone also uses minimal color with black, white, blue and some orange. Unlike the other works of art, this one has objects on the canvas such as buttons, coins and cigarettes. These items do not seem to draw attention to themselves but rather just blend right in with the painting. The procedure of the mark making is very rapid and makes the work seem everlasting,
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