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Objective Students will be able to identify Cubist artwork.

They will
analyze the work of Cubist artists Picasso, Braques, Gris, and others.

Analyze the portrait at right. 1. What do you think the artist was thinking as he painted this unusual portrait? 2. How is it different from other portraits youve seen?

Portrait of Dora Maar Picasso

Cubist artists represented all the surfaces of depicted objects in a single picture plane as if the objects had had all their faces visible at the same time, in the same plane. This new kind of depiction revolutionized the way in which objects could be visualized in painting and art. The invention of Cubism was a joint effort between Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in the early 1900s in Europe (around 190708),

Picasso Braques

Guernica is a painting by
Pablo Picasso, depicting the Nazi German bombing of Guernica, Spain, by twenty-four bombers, on April 26, 1937 during the Spanish Civil War in which a number of people variously estimated between 250 and 1,600 were killed and many more were injured.

Picasso said as he worked on the mural:

The Spanish struggle is the fight of reaction against the people, against freedom. My whole life as an artist has been nothing more than a continuous struggle against reaction and the death of art. How could anybody think for a moment that I could be in agreement with reaction and death? ... In the panel on which I am working, which I shall call Guernica, and in all my recent works of art, I clearly express my abhorrence of the military caste which has sunk Spain in an ocean of pain and death.

What was Picasso trying to do with his artwork?

More Cubist workwhat do you notice about the colors these artists are working with?

What types of shapes and lines are being used in these Cubist artworks?

How do the Cubists paint people? What do you think they are MOST concerned with as they are depicting faces?

Check out ALL of these Cubist interpretations of this portrait


PROBLEM: Create a portrait in the style of Cubism based on a FOUND image from a magazine.
Using color pencil techniques, choose a specific COLOR SCHEME to add color . You will use a combination of GEOMETRIC and ORGANIC shapes to create the persons face.
Whats the difference between GEOMETRIC and ORGANIC SHAPES?


TASK for today:

Create a master sketch of showing a Cubist-inspired portrait from a found image in your sketchbook. Use a variety of geometric and organic shapes. OVERLAP shapes. Figure out how to make this portrait

TIPS: Cubist artwork often looks like its shattered, as if you are looking into broken glass. Thinking about it like that may help you in this process. ALSO, in Cubist artwork, facial features or rearranged and show different points of view ALL on the same plane. Facial proportion rules kind of go away when creating a piece of artwork in this way