Woman Verso: Les Demoiselles D Avignon

Better Essays
Painting/drawing has been around since prehistoric times and stretches threw every culture on earth. Painting and drawing are a form of art in which the artist produces works of art to be appreciated by the viewer for their beauty or emotional power. For centuries, across cultures spread around continents the history of art/painting has been growing in an ongoing watercourse of genius and creativity that still continues in today’s twenty first century world. Before the coming of the twentieth century the main focus of artists where representations of religious and classical concepts but in time abstract and conceptual art started to gain more favoritism (Bruce).
Two of the biggest giants and most influential artists of the twentieth century
…show more content…
Picasso was inspired to make this painting when he went to a museum of ethnographic in which it had African sculptures he tried to combine the angular structures of the “primitive art” and his new ideas about cubism (Voorhies). This new stile had a lot of mixed reactions from his viewers some of Picassos fellow artists were horrified and disappointed in his new style of depicting African Americans in his new cubistic form and others were mesmerized and very interested in this new way of painting. Another one of Willem de Koonings paintings is called “Woman/Verso: Untitled” this particular painting is one of his surviving painting from his women series: year 1948. He used a lot of different materials in his painting a lot of his paint was specifically made in his home other things he used were Oil and enamel it was also painted on a fiberboard. Picasos painting on the other hand was created on a large canvas and used oil paints. Each of the five femails in Picassos painting are depicted in a different confrontational positions and all of them are not conventionally feminine. Koonins fameil is depicted the same way, both of the artists are depicting the women in a very sensual way. They also use a lot of sharp edges, line, shape and a mixture of colors. In picasos painting three of the women are shown with African mask-like features and the …show more content…
The next painting that will be discussed is “queen of hearts” witch is portrayed in a totally different way. He worked on this painting for over a period of three years between 1943 and 1946. To create this piece of art he used oil and charcoal on fiberboard. This painting is an early representation of a femail subject it also shows one of his earliest attemps to reinterpret the traditional femail figure in a relatively abstract way (Susan). Koonings painting takes a different turn in depicting the femail form in this painting Picassos does to. The next painting that will be discussed by Picasso is called “Dora Maar au Chat”. Picasso painted this during the second world war in 1941. This painting depicts Dora Maar, Picassos lover, sitting on a chair and there is a small black cat right nex to her sholder. This painting is one of several portraits of Dora Maar by Picasso over a dacade long relationship. Although both artists use a variety of bright colors the way they use them are quite different Kooning uses the colors flatly and they fight to overpower eachother not much value. The background shows some repetition of the geometrical figures. On the other hand Picasos use for its brilliance of colors balance eachother giving it a sence of unity. This painting is also remarkable because of its complex and dense

Related Documents

  • Decent Essays

    Picasso’s artwork the weeping woman is aesthetically different than that of Kahlo’s portrait with thorns. These artworks have very different artistic styles, where the portrait from Picasso uses the style of cubism, that contains straight lines and geometric shapes which has creates a disfigured image of the weeping woman. Whereas Kahlo’s portrait is more realistic and fluent, with curved and natural shapes. Within the artwork Weeping Woman the colours that are within the composition are warm and bright colours, excluding for the sickly green that is used as the woman’s skin colour. These colours are very unnatural and assist with the aesthetic of the cubist style.…

    • 932 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Behind every great artist is a muse. And the mythical painter Picasso had plenty of them. Throughout his life, the artist had two wives, six mistresses, and lots of lovers. Although his relationship with women was complicated, many of them served as the inspiration for the artist’s exceptionally prolific body of work. It can be said that Picasso’s style changed as often as he changed his companions.…

    • 1222 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This artwork, named “The Dreamer”, made by Pablo Picasso in 1936. This work is in the center of Gallery 901 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This painting a medium size work which is 39 7/8 x 36 3/4 inch. And, there are two other works on the each side of The Dreamer. The left one is “Ariadne” by Giorgio de Chirico in 1913, and the right one is “Woman Asleep at the Table” by Pablo Picasso in 1936.…

    • 1336 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The most unique type of art in this collection would have to be the painting titled Exotic History by Harry Widman. The craft is an oil on canvas that can be seen at the PCC campus of Rock Creek at building seven on the left side. The painting shows of three shadow figures of women painted in an abstract way makes it unique which is how all art is. Exotic History has a distinct visual style that work with one another to captivate the viewer, and get them to contemplate the meaning behind the piece. When you look at this painting, there’s a lot to take in such as the colors, structure and images going on.…

    • 811 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    This tactic is also employed, in the painting of El Greco most admired by Picasso, the Burial of the Count of Orgaz. [16] In his The Burial of Casagemas Picasso divided the painting into two zones, like El Greco has done in his painting. There is an earthly sphere with the burial and a heavenly sphere, or rather how young men might envisage heaven, a place full of beautiful, naked women. In both paintings human bodies are elongated. It has often been said that El Greco used these distorted proportions to express spiritual fervor and achieve a supernatural remoteness.…

    • 4257 Words
    • 18 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    In his Cubism paintings, he played with multiple and conflicting perspectives all on the same plane. He broke down objects into facets and then reassembled them to create the object again, but in a new abstract way. Picasso said that, “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.” This perfectly sums up his Cubist style, because he painted the objects as being viewed from all sides like how one would think about, not just from the front. ("Pablo Picasso Biography, Art, and Analysis of Works."). There were two types of Cubism that Picasso was involved with, Analytic and Synthetic.…

    • 1427 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The poet has chosen this poem because of that she wanted to use the idea of prosopopeia as Grace Nichols does in Picasso, I Want My Face Back. This influence is seen clearly in Standing Female Nude in which there is an interior, dramatic monologue which Duffy usually use in her poems and belongs to the narrator who is also the prostitute. This is also what causes intertextually. This three stanza poem’s literal subject is a man who draws a whore. As always, Duffy uses a accessible language, additionally, not using specific scheme, rhyme or meter which demolish the eloquence of poem.…

    • 909 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    David May Kucharski Drawing I Due: December 5th Vincent Van Gogh Vincent Van Gogh is most commonly known for his style of “impasto” which is a technique where paint, usually oil paint is laid on thickly and sometimes in layers so that the paint strokes are visible to the viewer. However, throughout his lifetime, Van Gogh experimented with many different styles and techniques. Some of those being oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and sketches. But even within these different styles, one could look at them and immediately tell they were produced by Van Gogh because his style is so unique, his use of vibrant colors and seemingly blurred lines were a part of his trademark. Vincent van Gogh was an artist that was rather unique, he seemingly always worked with a great sense of urgency which also stressed him out.…

    • 947 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    The Cubism Art Movement

    • 1093 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Fiero mentions, “this painting… shows how far toward abstraction Picasso had moved … Knit by a lively arrangement of flat shaded planes, monochromatic in color, figure and ground are almost indistinguishable (Fiero).” Here Fiero emphasizes Picasso’s continuous progression toward the Cubist’s affinity of abstraction. She also focuses on the Cubist’s tenet of undermining profundity in painting. Picasso is able to accomplish this through the use of different shades of black, brown, and white. The use of these monochromatic tones also make a clear statement; that is that form rather than color was the focus of cubism. Together these elements nearly blur the figures together in a way that only the essence of the theme of the painting is visible.…

    • 1093 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Decent Essays
  • Decent Essays

    Matisse focused mainly on portraits, studio interiors, still life and the female figure, (Dabrowski 2004) while Picasso favored Cubism. Les Demoiselles caused a huge recognition in the 20th century due to the clear of use of Cubism, especially regarding the African masks. The African sculptures caused Picasso to move away from paintings that were based on entertainment but more towards freeing the human mind of reality (Dabrowski 2004). Picasso never really gave African art credit but masked-faces were evident in his paintings such as, Bust of a Man, Woman’s Head and Woman in an Armchair all which contained geometric proportions (Murrell 2008). Colonialism was happening when these avant-grade artists began experimenting with African art.…

    • 792 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Decent Essays

Related Topics