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Art of the Day – 6/19/13 (Three Women, Fernand Leger)

Daily Artwork — “Three Women, Fernand Léger, 1921”

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1921 — Three Women. Oil on canvas. Cubism style. Fernand Léger (1881 – 1955).  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA.

This painting represents a group of three reclining nudes drinking tea or coffee in a chic apartment. While the reclining nude is a common subject in art history, these women’s bodies have been simplified into rounded and dislocated forms, their skin not soft but firm, buffed, and polished. The machinelike precision and solidity with which Léger renders human form relates to his faith in modern industry and to his hope that art and the machine age would together reverse the chaos unleashed by World War I. (MoMA)
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Art of the Day – 6/7/13 (Bottle and Fishes, Georges Braque, 1910-1912)

Daily Artwork — “Bottle and Fishes, 1910-1912”

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1910-12 — Bottle and Fishes. Oil on Canvas. Analytical Cubism style. Georges Braque (1882-1963). Tate Modern Gallery, London, UK.

“Braque depicted both bottles and fishes throughout his entire painting career, and these objects stand as markers to differentiate his various styles. Bottle and Fishes is an excellent example of Braque’s foray into Analytic Cubism, while he worked closely with Picasso. This painting has the restricted characteristic earth tone palette rendering barely perceptible objects as they disintegrate along a horizontal plane. While there are some diagonal lines, Braque’s early paintings tended to work vertically or horizontally.” (Wikipaintings)
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Art of the Day – 5/31/13 (The Farm, Joan Miró, 1921)

Daily Artwork — “The Farm, 1921”

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1921 — The Farm. Oil on Canvas. Cubism and Primitivism styles. Joan Miró (1893-1983). National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA.

[The Farm] is a kind of inventory of the farmhouse owned by his family since 1911 in the town of Mont-roig del Camp. Miró himself regarded this work as a key in his career, describing it as “a summary of my entire life in the countryside” and “the summary of one period of my work, but also the point of departure for what was to follow.” (Wikipedia)
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Daily Art

 

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