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Three works of art from the same time period or style are evaluated.

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First of all, you might choose Cubist pieces for comparison. As you first you list central and key concepts within Cubism, you might look at how multiple points of view are used and emphasized. Research shows that Cubism was developed "between about 1908 and 1912 in a collaboration between Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Their main influences are said to have been Tribal Art (although Braque later disputed this) and the work of Paul Cezanne. The movement itself was not long-lived or widespread, but it began an immense creative explosion which resonated through all of 20th century art" (http://www.artcyclopedia.com/history/cubism.html).

Similarly, this genre also emphasizes its subject matter as portrayed "by geometric forms without realistic detail, stressing abstract form at the expense of other pictorial elements largely by use of intersecting often transparent cubes and cones" (http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/glo/cubism). Cubism also encompasses three phases: research further reveals that this movement in painting allowed artists "to break down the subjects they were painting into a number of facets, showing several different aspects of one object simultaneously. The work up to 1912 is known as Analytical Cubism, concentrating on geometrical forms using subdued colors. The second phase, known as Synthetic Cubism, used more decorative shapes, stenciling, collage, and brighter colors. It was then that artists such as Picasso and Braque started to use pieces of cut-up newspaper in their paintings" (http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/tl/20th/cubism.html).

As you then pick three pieces and artists to assess, you might choose Pablo Picasso as one of the most prominent figures. Please note how he emphasizes "the flat, two-dimensional surface of the picture plane"(http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/glo/cubism). Picasso's work suggests Cubist qualities because he was "not bound to copying form, texture, colour, and space" (http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/glo/cubism/. Instead, his paintings reveal fragmented, abstract ...

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Cubist pieces are compared.

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The rise of modernism in the late 19th and early 20th century built upon the achievements of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism and was associated with important changes in society and politics. In particular, the period before, between, and after the two world wars saw the emergence of new forms and styles that responded to the challenges of the era in a series of new "-isms": Cubism, Primitivism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, and others.

Choose one artwork from the various types of modernism. Identify the style of the piece and discuss why and how it fits into its particular "-ism." In what ways does the piece respond to the challenges of its day? How does the artist use the art to engage the issues that concern him or her? How is this art different from the 19th-century movements that preceded it?

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