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Impressionism. lost. To rectify this problem, Seurat proposed a scientific approach. He drew on classical geometry to develop a complex compositional grid system, based on the Golden Sec- brush strokes to strengthen his compositions.

Blanche Lazzell. Provincetown Houses. 1922. 5) on 28. William Beckman. Power Lines. 1982. 8) (sight) 24%x33" faithfully recorded his subjects and their environment with a He made timeless an intimate mowere photographed in his mind's eye. ment or gesture, as Indeed, it is probable that he employed such aids as drawing frames, glass tracings, or perhaps some optical device such as a camera obscura to draw and compose his pictures. If so, he may well be seen as the lineal ancestor of the contemposure yet subtle technique.

Therefore, the artist should involve himself purely with interpretation. The desire to be free of the past combined with liberation from it of painting emulation propelled modernist from imitation art and ultimately tation, to invention, to interpre- to the creation of nonrep- resentational abstract forms. If Theophil Groell. Rocks and Trees. 1982. 0) 40. Courbet established the modernist imperative avant-garde, his younger colleague Edouard Manet of the consoli- dated and further developed the doctrine.

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