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Cubism, a new way of seeing

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Overview of the art history movements preceding Cubism and an introduction to Cubism for a second year cubist still life painting unit

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Cubism, a new way of seeing

  1. 1. Cubism A new way of seeing!
  2. 2. The Classical Period ● Rendering form and beauty ● Creating the illusion of light, shadow, depth and space ● Retelling myths, legends and religious stories through art Nicholas Mignard, Moliere in Classical Dress, 1658 Raphael, The School of Athens, 1509
  3. 3. The Industrial Revolution ● Begins around 1760, Cotton Gin - Eli Whitney ● Second revolution around 1840 with steel production ● Rapid transportation- Steam Locomotive ● Mass publication of artwork ● Paint in tubes- artists are free to leave the studio and paint in nature ● Changes in values and a break with tradition ● Photography more widely available ● Romanticism, Pre-Raphaelites, Realism, Arts & Crafts Movement The Iron Rolling Mill, Adolph Menzel
  4. 4. Romanticism Turner "The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to her Last Berth to be Broken Up" Pre-Raphaelite Rosetti, Lady Lilith Realism William Bell Scott, Iron and Coal
  5. 5. The Impressionists Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. Claude Monet, Haystacks (Sunset) 1890-1891 Renoir, Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876
  6. 6. Cubism Cubism was a truly revolutionary style of modern art developed by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. It was the first style of abstract art which evolved at the beginning of the 20th century in response to a world that was changing with unprecedented speed. Cubism was an attempt by artists to revitalize the tired traditions of Western art which they believed had run their course. The Cubists challenged conventional forms of representation, such as perspective, which had been the rule since the Renaissance. Their aim was to develop a new way of seeing which reflected the modern age.
  7. 7. CUBISM: •Fitting all angles of a three- dimensional object in the same two-dimensional picture!
  8. 8. Self-Portrait Emily Valenza, 1998

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