In the Shape of a cube

Man with a Guitar

Ok, so, since I have been working non stop on a paper about cubism, I thought I would let all of you explore my brain in this Cubist state of mind! Today, I am going to talk about Braques “Man with a Guitar.” I love this painting because it makes the viewer (Thats you!) think about what they are seeing. now, at a First glance this painting might look very confusing, and it might not seem like there is a figure in the center of the work. This is because it is a piece of analytical cubism, which takes a three-dimensional shape and turns it into a two-dimensional shape in relationship to the space provided. Cubism is my favorite of the modern art movements because of its complex lines, congested spaces, mute monochromatic colors of brown, black, and gray, and in its later form bold colors, collage like technique, and cheery yet horrifying subject matter. Here we see the new parts of cubism being demonstrated. We see a figure of a man simplified to his basic geometric form of the Q and the guitar simplified to spheres and lines. Can you see the figure of the man? Let me know in the comments! Anyways, back to my brain… The two main Cubist artists are Picasso and Braque. They began experimenting with their art in a partnership established in 1908. To quote my own work “Picasso and Braque took it one step further by taking shapes and simplifying them to geometric form of the Q in two-dimensional spaces”. The goal of the Cubist was to create a language that was recognizable and is familiar as learning to read perspective in Renaissance paintings. This work is very flat because it is in two-dimensional space, and yet it seems very close. The spherical shape of the guitar creates a visual stabilizing image that allows the viewer to pick up on the form of the individual holding the guitar. What do you think about cubism? Is it confusing or beautiful? Let me know; I’m interested in hearing about what other people think about this marvelous time in modern art.

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