Theme/Style Symbolic Abstraction, Surrealism, desert landscapes
Artistic Focus Agnes Pelton’s work spanned the transition from romantic representational works, through the Modernist influences of the early 20th Century, and on to Abstraction and Surrealism––yet it always retained a style that was clearly her own. Considered a “quiet forerunner” of Modernism, Pelton differed from most Modernists in her conception of Abstraction “as a poetic alternative to realism that heightens our understanding of the world.” Pelton’s earliest works were both representational and imaginary in content. Her later works, which gradually evolved into greater levels of Abstraction, contained a number of common elements including a dominant, central, frontal iconic image, a monumental sense of scale, a vertical emphasis, a sense of drama, and a matte paint surface. Pelton also radiated color effects, often with an airbrush quality of color graduation and an illusion of transparency or translucency.
• While most Modernists “followed a path
of theory and geometry, Pelton continued to pursue her vision and produce
poetic abstractions, but her efforts were largely ignored by the art world.”
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