The Changing Representation of the Human Figure in Art
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This paper examines how in the first half of the twentieth century, representations of the human body became distorted and fragmented. It discusses how this progression came about by looking at specific examples of artists who have worked with the human figure.
From the Paper:"Whether Picasso consciously tried to change his painting style or whether he hit upon some part of his genius at this time or perhaps a combination of both, we will never know. The psychological implications of this picture and Picasso's relationship to women would be another long exploration. In simpler terms it is possible to point to some direct historical influences with regards to the formal elements in his painting. Prior to him painting Demoiselles there had been a Cezanne retrospective. In Cezanne's later works he depicted objects, landscapes and figures in a multi faceted way. In The Bathers (1892) nude figures are shown from different angles on the same picture. When Cezanne died he knew that he was at the start of a journey with his work and it is possible to point to him as the founding father of modern art or in the very least the father of Cubism."
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