The Shock of the New
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 14 aug. 2013 - 448 pagina's
A beautifully illustrated hundred-year history of modern art, from cubism to pop and avant-guard. More than 250 color photos.
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But if one compares a work like Picasso's Les Demoiselles d' Avignon, 1907, with
its African source material (plates 4, 5), the differences are as striking as the
similarities. What Picasso cared about was the formal vitality of African art, which
By leaving out the client, Picasso turns viewer into voyeur; the stares of the five
girls are concentrated on whoever is looking at the painting. And by putting the
viewer in the client's sofa, Picasso transmits, with overwhelming force, the sexual
Quite possibly; but it would have lacked the power and tension that Picasso
brought to it. For Picasso, more than any other painter of the twentieth century —
and certainly more than the conceptually inclined Braque — predicated his art on
But in the meantime, the paintings of Braque and Picasso were moving rapidly
towards abstraction — or rather, to that point where only enough signs of the real
world remained to supply a tension between the reality outside the painting and ...
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
Wonderful pictures - some even full page! Nice overview of the last hundred years or so of art (through the 1980s) -- wow, and to think I've lived through about thirty years of this...(!). Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - jcbrunner - LibraryThing
Coming late to the party, this tie-in to an early 1980s TV documentary series, I both like reading his poignant and wide-ranging introduction to 20th century art (that remains very wedded to the 19th ... Volledige review lezen
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