The abstract art movement shifted away from many traditional idealisms, but many still kept to the lore of 2D objects.
However, some didn’t. In a bid to stand out even further from the crowd, some artists broke into the third dimension giving subjects a larger-than-life appeal.
It appeared in all forms of work from the rise of pop art, experimenting with optical illusions in traditional paintings to embrace the change.
Spring Turning by Grant Wood
Spring Turning may look like a computer rendering image from the 1990s however it is an original creation first put together in 1936 by Grant Wood.
Wood’s expertise with shades and textures made many paintings seem like 3D optical illusions.
With the vivid greens of rolling hillsides and muddy paths contrasting beautifully, it’s complemented by dark shading in some areas.
Giving a real sense of elevation in the landscape as well as replicating natural daylight, this is a 3D piece that excelled and stood out against similar pieces of its era.
The Harlequin’s Carnival by Joan Miro
A lot is going on in Joan Miro’s signature 1925 piece The Harlequin’s Carnival but it is in the details where the painting truly shines.
Created to represent a traditional harlequin’s environment in a surrealist form, the intricate objects shine when viewed at a closer inspection.
It’s the shading of objects like the mat on the floor or the rolled carpet that give 3D impressions.
Juxtaposed with 2D objects placed within a chaotic environment, it gives a sense of realism to a fantasized reality.
It’s a lot to take in but very much worth it when examined closely.
Interior II by Richard Hamilton
Inspired by rival artists and the rise of chic luxuries in the 1960s, Richard Hamilton brought you inside the home with many of his works as seen brilliant in Interior II.
The 1964 piece is very much based on a 3D room design with 2D images inserted in between such as a woman in black and white.
The black and white feel brings the surrounding objects to life and adds a dramatic sense of realism to the piece.
When looking at it closely, it feels like it captures all the different pop culture movements that were formed throughout the 1960s merging fashion, minimalist design and the change in living styles and merges it into one setting.
A Bigger Splash by David Hockney
A master of using bright colours to maximum effect, David Hockney always managed to bring objects to life.
You only need to look at the 1967 piece A Bigger Splash that puts this into perspective.
The way Hockney blends blue and white together almost looks like you are seeing a still photo of the water erupting from the surface of the pool.
The subtle edging on objects such as the diving board in the foreground adds to showing just how well the scene is depicted.
It’s an excellent use of colours to turn a simple moment into a timeless masterpiece.
Relativity by M.C. Escher
M.C. Escher took the opposites of maths and art and fused them into unique works that truly boggle the mind.
His classic 1953 creation Relativity does this brilliantly by intersecting three separate drawings seamlessly into each other all at the same angle.
The idea behind the piece was to picture a world without gravity and the off-axis placings of each area give the eye a lot to process.
The lack of colour adds to the impression of everything continuously blending into one another and gives each 3D object added gravitas to focus.
Benton, who, among others, formed the Surrealistic movement in Paris in 1924.