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You are free to choose any work from this course-specific collection of surrealist art from UMMA as the subject for your third essay (Visual Analysis).  You can also search through the UMMA Exchange to find a different work to analyze for your paper -- but in this case, please check in with me first about your intentions.

We will spend some time in class Wednesday, Sep. 30 reviewing and discussing some of the works from this collection, so please come to class with specific observations, questions, and/or reflections in mind to contribute to our conversations.


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Allegorical Composition

Accession Number
1959/1.82

Title
Allegorical Composition

Artist(s)
Mirko

Artist Nationality
Italian (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1950

Medium & Support
tempera on paper

Dimensions
18 13/16 in x 13 1/16 in (47.78 cm x 33.18 cm);28 1/8 in x 22 1/8 in (71.44 cm x 56.2 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Mirko was an Italian sculptor who also produced several paintings. This painting shows the structural, surreal and abstract elements characteristic of his sculptures. The title suggests that this piece is possibly an allegory but the exact reference is not clear. 

Physical Description
This abstract composition shows a fantastical, surreal structure comprised of angular shapes in many colors. A shadow is cast on the brown surface upon which the structure stands. 

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit http://umma.umich.edu/request-image for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.

Keywords
Abstract (fine arts style)
Italian (culture or style)
abstraction
modern and contemporary art
sculpture (visual works)

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#4 Gestalt Principles
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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