Bleu II 1961 – Joan Miro

bleu ii by Joan Miro

What makes Joan Miro’s painting Bleu II so groundbreaking in the art history canon?

– Miro breaks the Bourgeoisie’s guitar
– A red slash stops abstract traffic
– The vast, cobalt sky highlights our insignificance on Earth

Luncheon on the Grass – Édouard Manet

Luncheon on the grass by Edouard Manet

Why is Édouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass or Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe a masterpiece?

– A conformist rebellion
– Flâneur – a French Impressionist version of a dandy
– The insignificance of eating at lunch

Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1. – James Whistler

Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1. by James WhistlerArrangement in Grey and Black No. 1. by James Whistlerv

Why does James Whistler not even mention his mother in the painting title Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1. ?

– Rebellion in grey and black planes
– Whistler inherited her cold manner
– He only cared for form and composition

Yellow-Red-Blue 1925 by Wassily Kandinsky

Yellow-Red-Blue by Wassily Kandinsky

What makes Yellow-Red-Blue such a perfect exemplar of Wassily Kandinsky’s special color theory?

– Joy in a yellow bottle
– A heroic blue marble
– The transitional magic of messy red