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        African Art (Part 2)

        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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        Married Life and Portrait Mask

        The faces in the painting “Married Life,” by a French artist, and the portrait mask by the African Baule peoples have similarly shaped eyes, noses, and hair. Compare and contrast the shapes and structures of these two works of art.

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        Married Life (La Vie conjugale), Roger de La Fresnaye

        The painter Roger de La Fresnaye used geometric shapes to portray a couple in this scene. Look for shapes that reflect the features of an African mask.

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        Reliquary Guardian Head, Fang Peoples, Side View

        Consider the shapes and lines on this African sculpture and how they create the shape of a face.

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        Portrait Mask (Mblo), Baule Peoples

        Dr. Barnes appreciated Paul Guillaume's help learning about art so much, he made him the Foreign Secretary of the Barnes Foundation. Think about how you would find people to help you learn about a new topic.

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        Madame Hanka Zborowski and Reliquary Guardian Head

        Compare and contrast the shapes of the facial features in this painting and sculpture.

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

        Notice the shape of the woman's eyes, nose, and mouth, and compare these shapes to the African head sculpture.

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        Reliquary Guardian Head, Fang peoples, side view

        Consider the shape of the sculpture's eyes, nose, and mouth, and compare these shapes to the painting of the woman.

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