A Historyof Cubism
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... balance, used for traditional subjects- still life, portraiture, the nude. Other painters, however, saw in the new style a special affinity with the geometric precision of engineering that made it uniquely attuned to the dynamism of modern times." Georges Braque led the development of Cubism with Picasso. "The qualities which distinguish his Cubist paintings from Picassos- his fluent painterliness and his natural ability as a rich but subtle colorist- predominant in a work like "Guitar and Jug" the still life remained his principle theme from the "Gueridon Series" to the climatic "Atelier Series" in which the scope of the still life extends to include the studio, the artist, his model and even the painting itself. Many of his works portray geometric forms of the subjects, yet the subjects in many of his paintings are unrecognizable. There are two other cubists worth mentioning. Ferdinand Ledger uses modern technology in his paintings. He uses machines, construction workers, and the workingman in many of his paintings. Juan Gris uses Synthetic cubism and his paintings create their own reality rather than imitating the reality of nature. The art critics are correct when they say that Cubism changed art. The cubists Braque and Picasso developed art independent of reality. They felt an artist could look beyond the superficial appearance of what they painted. The artists became free from his traditional obligation to paint natural appearances as illustrated in many of their paintings. An artist was able to distort, invent, create, and put their dreams into their paintings. Many people use the collage, which they developed, today. I feel that although the paintings are broken up into geometric shapes one can see parts of the object that the artists wanted them to represent. This indicates to me that their pictures were planned rather than arbitrarily done.
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