Wednesday, February 3, 2010

THREE NUDES/ Les Demoiselles d'Avignon Redux/ Figurative Abstraction/ ABSTRACT PAINTING by Eric Whollem


                                                    Three Nudes
                                                    by Eric Whollem
                                                    gouache and wax resist on paper
                                                    Collection of the artist.
                                                    6" x 9"
                                                        Copyright by the artist.

Homage to Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

Pablo Picasso's famous masterpiece, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, has been
emulated by a great number of artists insofar as it was a pivotal work in the
foundation of Cubism.

My work takes a slight impressionistic tack, with the evocation of light and
shadow. The mask-like faces on the figures is in step with Picasso's own
interest in African masks.

It is well known how it was Matisse who first introduced Picasso to African
art. Picasso became enamoured with a carving that he held all night in his
hands at a dinner party. Matisse had shown him an African sculpture. That
was the beginning of Cubism, a style of art that at it's outset encompassed
the type of play of space and form found in African sculpture--often very
geometric and angular.
Cubism, abstract art, Picasso, African sculpture, mixed media painting.
Figurative abstraction.

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