Describing the World (Representation and Reproduction)
Representational Art

Claude Monet 1840-1926 Haystacks on a Foggy Morning1891 France Oil on canvas
form and content

What is form?
What is a formal analysis?

Claude Monet 1840-1926
 Haystacks on a Foggy Morning1891
France Oil on canvas

Claude Monet 1840-1926
 Haystack at Sunrise Near Giverny 1891
France Oil on canvas
29 1/2 x 37 in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Monet, Claude Rouen Cathedral 
(Dawn) 1894 

Monet, Claude Rouen Cathedral 
(Dull Dawn) 1894 

Monet, Claude Rouen Cathedral 
(Harmony in Blue) 1894 

Monet, Claude Rouen Cathedral 
(Harmony in Full Sunlight) 1894 
¹ab.stract adj [ML abstractus, fr. L, pp. of abstrahere to drag away, fr. abs-, ab- + trahere to pull, draw] (14c)
1 a: disassociated from any specific instance <~ entity> b: difficult to understand: abstruse <~ problems> c: insufficiently factual: formal <possessed only an ~ right>
2: expressing a quality apart from an object <the word poem is concrete, poetry is ~>
3 a: dealing with a subject in its abstract aspects: theoretical <~ science> b: impersonal, detached <the ~ compassion of a surgeon --Time>
4: having only intrinsic form with little or no attempt at pictorial representation or narrative content <~ painting> -- adv -- ab.stract.ness n

²ab.stract n [ME, fr. L abstractus] (15c)
1: a summary of points (as of a writing) usu. presented in skeletal form; also: something that summarizes or concentrates the essentials of a larger thing or several things
2: an abstract thing or state

Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Pablo Picasso. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon 1907
 Form and Content 

Title: Commememorative 
Head of an Oba, 
collected by Picasso in 1944
Date: Mid 19th Cen
Original Location: Benin, Nigeria.
Current Location: Musee Picasso, Paris

Abstract Art (nonobjective or nonrepresentational)

Willem de Kooning. Portrait of a Woman. 1940

Willem de Kooning Woman, 1943 Oil on board, 
23 1/4 x 23 1/16 in.

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)
Woman IV 1952, 

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)
Woman 1954, oil on paper,
25 3/4 in. by 19 5/8 in.
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
F. M. Hall Collection


Willem de Kooning, Excavation
Oil on canvas, 1950; 206.2 x 257.3 cm 
Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Noah Goldowsky and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., 1952.1

Willem de Kooning. Composition, 1955. 
Oil, enamel, and charcoal on canvas, 
79 1/8 x 69 1/8 inches. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 


Thomas Hart Benton. 
Ballad of the Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley.1934
oil and tempera on canvas
Jackson Pollock. Going West. 1934

Jackson Pollock. Going West. 1934

Jackson Pollock. 
Birth. 1938 
oil on canvas mounted on plywood. 46"x22"

Norman Rockwell. Abstract and Concrete. 1962

Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) 1950
oil on canvas 8'x17'


Mark Eanes, September Song, oil on canvas 48"x48"
Jian Wu, Untitled Painting,
Jian Wu, Brazil Impression No. 2, 
oil on canvas 20" x 24"