Representation and abstraction: looking at Millais and Newman

What’s “heroic” about a painting that looks like a craft project on HGTV? This comparison suggests an answer.

John Everett Millais, Ophelia, 1851–52 (Tate Britain, London) and Barnett Newman, Vir Heroicus Sublimus, 1950–51 (The Museum of Modern Art, New York). Speakers: Sal Khan, Dr. Steven Zucker, and Dr. Beth Harris

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Cite this page as: Sal Khan, Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Representation and abstraction: looking at Millais and Newman," in Smarthistory, December 8, 2015, accessed May 20, 2024,