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        Shapes (Part 1)

        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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        The Card Players (Les Joueurs de cartes), Paul Cézanne

        Another art dealer with whom Dr. Barnes worked was Ambroise Vollard. Brainstorm reasons why Dr. Barnes needed to purchase art from more than one person.

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        The Card Players, with triangle

        Paul Cézanne's picture has shapes drawn with paint, such as the rectangle playing cards, but it also has shapes suggested by the arrangement of the figures, such as the triangle around the central figure.

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        Giving Thanks, Horace Pippin

        Look for shapes in this painting by Horace Pippin.

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        Giving Thanks, with triangle

        Observe how the arrangement of figures in this painting suggest a triangle.

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        Models (Poseuses), Georges Seurat

        See if you can find a shape in the arrangement of these figures.

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        Models, with triangle

        Think about how the triangle arrangement of these figures emphasizes the woman standing in the center.

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        The Artist's Family, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

        Look for a shape in the arrangement of these figures.

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        The Artist's Family, with circle

        Consider what impression the circular arrangement of figures gives the family in this painting.

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        The Artist's Family, with small circles

        Think about why the artist, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, would use several circles in his painting.

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