Students will understand how dreams, fantasies, and imaginings can
be a rich source for subject and forms.
The artist who reproduces nature is often shown a great deal of
respect and admiration. Is it important for an artist to be able
to reproduce nature? Is it possible to reproduce nature as it is
seen and present a dream or imagining in the same work of art? Is
the mask made by Richard Hunt real
Compare these eight art works. Are any of these artists reproducing
the natural world, or do all of these works of art come from the
inner world? Do you think realistic
art is "better" than expressive art or conceptual art (the inner
world)? Which kind of art do you prefer? Why?
Compare the works of Kay Sage and Yves
Tanguy. Can you see how these two artists influenced each other's
painting? Do you think it would be interesting to marry a person
who worked in the same profession? Do you think Sage and Tanguy's
interest in psychoanalysis affected their work? How?
- Arthur Dove, Gale, 1932, oil
on canvas, 25 3/4 x 35 3/4 in. WAM
- Anthony Green, The Beautiful Dream,
oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in. Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
- Richard Hunt, Transformation Mask,
1993, cedar, pigment, cloth, string, and wood 13 x 12 in. MIA
- Judy Onofrio, Big Catch,
1996, ceramic, wood, shell, glass, paint and metal, 74 x 34 1/2 x 27 1/12 in., Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
- Betye Saar, House of Ancient Memory,
1989, wood, paint, plastic, mirrors, embroidered fabric, feathers,
metal, glass perfume bottles, painted and lacquered wood table,
61 x 19 3/4 x 13 1/4 in. WAC
- Kay Sage, On the Contrary, 1952,
oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 27 3/4 in. WAC
- Yves Tanguy, Through Birds, through
Fire, but Not through Glass, 1943, oil on canvas, 40 x 35
- Jane Tuckerman, Untitled,
1947, black and white photograph,
18 5/16 x 12 5/8 in. MIA