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Taboret: Forms of Artistic Expression

F O R M S of Expression

Artistic expressions take many forms. 

Does your topic fit into one or more of these categories or disciplines?

  • Architecture
  • Crafts
  • Drawing
  • Environmental Art
  • Painting
  • Performance Art
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Items that are said to be created using 'Mixed Media' might combine one or more forms.

"Composition A" in 2-D

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), painted Composition A in 1920, using the three primary colors, plus black and white, in strong geometric forms.

Painting: "Composition A" by Piet Mondrian

Mondrian, Piet. "Composition A" 1920. Materials: Oil on Canvas ARTSTOR

2-D or 3-D ?

Physical artistic ideas can be represented in different dimensions.  A two-dimensional (2-D) work exists on a flat plane, having only width and height, but no real depth.  Examples might include a photograph, a drawing or a painting. 

Three-dimensional (3-D) artworks have height, width and “significant” depth.  Examples might be a sculpture, a tea pot or art created from the landscape.  The techniques and materials used by the artist, going from a 2-D to 3-D work are likely to be very different.

French sculptor, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), created many fine statues in three dimensions. His iconic statue of "The Thinker" was originally conceived in 1880.  However, the version below was cast in bronze in 1924, and is nearly 28 inches tall.


Rodin, Auguste "The Thinker" 1924. Materials: Bronze   ARTSTOR


Edward Steichen (1879-1973) took this photograph of sculptor Auguste Rodin in 1902.  As a photograph, it exists as a two dimensional work.  Titled "Rodin, the thinker, The Thinker", Steichen's moody photograph wittily frames the statue and sculptor together.

Photograph of Rodin, the thinker, The Thinker

Stechien, Edward. "Rodin, the thinker, The Thinker" 1902.

Photograph. ARTSTOR

Schroeder House in 3-D

The Schroeder House in Utrecht (Netherlands) was built in 1924 by Dutch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964).  In three dimensions, Rietveld imitates the bold colors and geometric shapes of Mondrian's Composition A.

Photograph of the Schroeder House