Alternativae Dispute Resolution

Assignment #14
Chapter 14 – Europe and America 1900 – 1945

Part 1
Look at images 14-8 (Les Demoiselles d’Avignon)   and 14-9 (Still Life with Chair-Caning)
(a) To what extent do these two art pieces borrow from traditions that are beyond the European tradition?
14-8 opened the door to a radically new method in representing form in space. Instead of using normal figures in paintings Picasso used abstract figures that were fractured and jagged.   The figures in 14-8 are inconsistent purposely. African and ancient Iberian sculpture and the late paintings of Cezanne influenced this pivotal work with which Picasso opened the door to a new style of art. The work has primitive characters and strays away from European and Western art. The vague color and the nudity of the figures are far different from the European art. Picasso believed that this new style was magical.   In 14-9, Synthetic cubism has cut outs from paper and drawings from objects to represent parts of a subject. 14-9 a Still Life piece in which the artist imprinted photo lithographed pattern of a cane chair seat. It was a collage that includes a piece of Rope that challenges the viewer understanding of reality.
(b) Compare how the media and design qualities of these two works break with the traditions of painting?
The two design qualities are very different from European art. In 14-8 the traditional concept of an orderly, constructed, and unified the pictorial space. Picasso painted forms as he thought them not as he saw them.   In 14-9 it challenged the viewers understanding of reality. The replicated chair seems so real that one would expect the holes to break any brush stroke. The chair is only an illusion of a real object. The design of a collage glued to a surface broke tradition also.   Cubism and collage focused on the innovations in an artistic form that they represented. The public saw Cubism as a challenge to artistic convention and tradition as an attack on the 20th century society. Many...