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        African Art (Part 1)

        Students will come away with a deeper understanding of form as it pertains to two mediums, painting and sculpture in The Barnes Collection. The idea that form cuts across the artistic mediums as an organizing principle is a broad concept we aim to get across to students. In this section, the emphasis is on FORM over the context/cultures from which these pieces came. This image gallery emphasizes that art work from cultures outside of Europe is valid and important, and that aesthetic concepts like form can be seen in works besides paintings.

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        Jeanne Hébuterne and Face Mask

        Dr. Albert Barnes, a famous art collector, believed modern painters were influenced by artwork from Africa. Compare the similar shape of the eyes, eyebrows, and nose in this painting from Europe and this mask from Africa.

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        Face Mask, Dan Peoples, Side View

        Look closely at the shapes and the composition of this face mask.

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        Face Mask, Dan Peoples

        Look closely at the shapes and the composition of this face mask.

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        Jeanne Hébuterne, Amedeo Modigliani

        Take a closer look at the shapes visible in this painting, including the almond-shaped eyes, the long, pointed nose, and the overall oval of the face.

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        Head and Face Mask

        Compare the form, shapes, and structures between two sculptures, one a head sculpted in Europe in 1912, and one a mask made in Africa in the late 19th or early 20th century.

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        Face Mask, Kulango Peoples

        Examine the shapes created by the paint and the structure of this mask.

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        Head, Amedeo Modigliani

        This sculpture of a head, although made in Europe, has similar elements to those seen in African masks, such as a small mouth and an elongated nose.

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