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        Shapes (Part 2)

        Students will come away with an understanding of how to look at a painting to better understand its composition by finding shapes in the arrangement of the figures on the canvas. The concepts of how a work of art is composed and how shapes across works can echo one another and how a viewer can establish commonalities and relationships will be emphasized. When Dr. Barnes bought these paintings in 1921, a lot of Americans did not understand Cubism. This series of images emphasizes looking at paintings for aesthetics rather than for stories.

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        Madame Hanka Zborowski and Reliquary Guardian Head

        Compare and contrast the materials of these two works of art, the origins of the artworks, and the shapes seen in the works.

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        Madame Hanka Zborowski Leaning on a Chair (Madame Hanka Zborowski accoudée à une chaise), Amedeo Modigliani

        Consider the shapes and lines on this European painting and how they suggest the shape of a face.

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        Reliquary Guardian Head, Fang Peoples

        The art dealer Paul Guillaume introduced Dr. Barnes to African Art, which the doctor was happy to add to his collection. Consider why Dr. Barnes would want to collect art from more than one geographic area.

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        Reliquary Guardian Head, Fang Peoples, Side View

        Dr. Barnes and the dealer Paul Guillaume were excited to collect and share African Art such as this mask, but others didn't always appreciate these artworks. Think about whether you would continue collecting art you liked even if others disliked it.

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        Movement, Bermuda, Marsden Hartley

        Discuss how Marsden Hartley uses relatively simple shapes to represent a sailboat. Notice how the angular sails balance the semicircle of the boat itself.

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