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Ancient Sound, Abstract on Black

* Artist: Paul Klee
* Medium: oil on cardboard
* Year: 1925
 
 

Ad Parnassum

* Artist: Paul Klee
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1932
 
 

This is an interesting work. It represents the culmination of a series of experiments by Klee, who sought to redefine the traditional system of colour representation in a radial pattern around an axis consisting of red, yellow and blue (the three primary colours). Klee draw inspiration from nature and music: each element in the painting he described as an independent melody in a polyphonic composition.  Read more »

Imperfect Painting

* Artist: Roy Lichtenstein
* Medium: oil and Magna on canvas
* Year: 1986
 
 

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New York Movie

* Artist: Edward Hopper
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1939
 
 

This painting has an interesting balance, with two distinct regions that contrast with one another in theme, tone and light. The woman appears isolated from the rest of the audience — waiting for someone, perhaps — or is she merely the usher waiting for the film’s end?

Chop Suey

* Artist: Edward Hopper
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1929
 
 

I like the conversational quality of this painting; one can readily imagine the atmosphere within the second story of this Asian café, with its grimy windows and sunlit tables. The half-cropped woman at the left, and the vacant expression of the facing woman, lend an unresolved feeling to the work — a momentary snapshot isolated from time.

Nighthawks

* Artist: Edward Hopper
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1942
 
 

Edward Hopper (1882–1967) was an American painter who lived in New York. Nighthawks has often been described as conveying loneliness and desolation through its emptiness and isolated, anonymous actors. Hopper denied any conscious intention: ‘I didn’t see it as particularly lonely … Unconsciously, probably, I was painting the loneliness of a large city.’

Blue (Moby Dick)

* Artist: Jackson Pollock
* Medium: gouache and ink on composition board
* Year: 1943
 
 

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Place Furstenberg, Paris, 7–9 August 1985 #1

* Artist: David Hockney
* Medium: photographic collage
* Year: 1985
 
 

Full Fathom Five

* Artist: Jackson Pollock
* Medium: oil on canvas with nails, tacks, buttons, coins, cigarettes &c
* Year: 1947
 
 

This is one of the earliest examples of Pollock’s distinctive splatter style. See here for a great closeup of this painting — it’s hard to believe that it’s the same work.

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Deluxe Setting

* Artist: Howard Arkley
* Medium: synthetic polymer paint on canvas
* Year: 1992
 
 

Arkley is like the Raymond Carver of modern art, painting the banal innards of Australian suburbia. His lurid pallettes and dizzying use of focus and perspective contrast vividly with his subject matter.

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