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Picasso and Cubism

  • Portrait of a Woman

    Slide Notes

    What do you notice about this painting? What makes it a cubist painting? 

    Details

    Portrait of a Woman

    1910

    Pablo Picasso, Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973

    Dimensions

    100.6 x 81.3 cm (39 5/8 x 32 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    1977.15

    Collections
    Europe
    On View
    Rabb Gallery (20th c. Modernism) - 155 More Info

    Description

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  • Standing Figure

    Slide Notes

    What about thia painting is different from the first one we looked at? Pay special attention to the color. 

    Details

    Standing Figure

    1908

    Pablo Picasso, Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973

    Dimensions

    150.2 x 100.3 cm (59 1/8 x 39 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Oil on canvas

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    58.976

    Collections
    Europe
    On View
    Rabb Gallery (20th c. Modernism) - 155 More Info

    Description

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  • Head of a Woman

    Slide Notes

    Can this be considered a cubist piece? Why or why not?

    Details

    Head of a Woman

    1909

    Pablo Picasso, Spanish (worked in France), 1881–1973

    Dimensions

    41.3 x 24.8 x 26.7 cm (16 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 10 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Sculpture

    Accession Number

    1976.821

    Collections
    Europe
    On View
    Rabb Gallery (20th c. Modernism) - 155 More Info

    Description

    Bronze, cast by Vollard. Signature incised on neck "Picasso". [card 2] Cubist head of a woman. Bronze, one of three or four cast by Vollard. Head and gaze slightly averted towards right. Surface broken up into sharp ridges modeling face

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  • Mask (Bikeghe)

    Slide Notes

    Where is this mask from? Do you notice any similiarities between this piece and the works by Picasso we saw? Do you see a connection?

    Details

    Mask (bikeghe)

    Late 19th to early 20th century

    Artist Unidentified, African

    Dimensions

    48.26 cm (19 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, pigment

    Classification

    Masks

    Accession Number

    1991.1067

    Collections
    Africa and Oceania More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

  • Mask (Kepong or Ges)

    Slide Notes

    Do you see any similarities to the Cubist style? What does it mean to be influenced by something?

    Details

    Mask (kepong or ges)

    late 19th century

    Artist unidentified, Melanesian

    Dimensions

    36 cm (14 in.)

    Medium

    Wood, cane, fiber, pigments

    Classification

    Masks

    Accession Number

    1991.1072

    Collections
    Africa and Oceania More Info

    Description

    Multimedia

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    Follow-Up

    Slide Notes

    Look for cubism in your everyday lives. Do you see cubist art and sculpture in the streets? In your homes? 

    Create a cubist sculpture out of found objects. Think about art that you like. What influences you?

    Details

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