Through this supportive documentation of my thesis work, I hope to verbally clarify the intentions mentioned in my proposal. Due to the subjective nature of abstract paintings, it is nearly impossible to conclusively prove a point. By referring to observations made by and about other artists and their work, I have been able to substantiate and complement my own ideas. I found evidence of what I interpreted to be the underlying attitude that is developed individually but shared collectively by artists. It seems this "shared attitude" has no geographic or time boundaries. It is remarkable to note parallels between the methods and thoughts involving ancient oriental art, as a whole, and those of particular modern artists. As a result of researching, I have been able to compose more accurately with words, what I have known in my mind: namely, the mood I experience when painting effectively. I felt a strengthening in the validity that one proper artistic attitude exists when I discovered that the ideas of other artists reflect the essences of my thoughts. Along with some of the concerns of ancient oriental painters, I have chosen statements from several twentieth painters to help illustrate my impression of a proper frame of mind.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Art, Asian--Influence; Artists--Psychology; Painting--Themes, motives; Abstract expressionism
O'Brien, Mary Pat, "The right mood" (1983). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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