First visit the Kimbell and view the three works. https://www.kimbellart.org/ – All info can be gathered from their website
Once you’ve chosen one of them, read the artist statement by the same artist (uploaded in .zip) and answer the corresponding prompt.

The purpose of this assignment is to explicate a claim articulated in a text using formal analysis.

Option 1:

Mondrian, Abstraction, 1939-42

Explain how formal elements such as line, color, space and pictorial organization are used by Mondrian in order to communicate his concepts of “aesthetic equilibrium” and “the new harmony” as detailed in “New Plasticism: The General Principle of Plastic Equivalence”? See, in particular, page 290.

Option 2:
Matisse, L’Asie, 1946.

Explain how formal elements such as line, color, space and pictorial organization are used by Matisse in order to communicate his concept of “expression” as detailed in “Notes of a Painter”? See, in particular, pages 70 and (regarding color) 73.

Option 3:
Braque, Girl with Cross, 1911.

Explain how formal elements such as line, color, space and pictorial organization are used, by Braque, in order to demonstrate his assertion that “The subject is not the object; it is the new unity, the lyricism which stems entirely from the means employed” (p 214).

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