This week I am very excited to focus on cubism. Pablo Picasso was one of the founders of this movement, which placed art within the confines of geometric shapes, two dimensional space and multiple viewpoints. Here is a lovely essay on this style, if you care to learn more!
This week, the work which is our launching point is Sylvette by Picasso. A lovely portrait painted with lots of shapes, colors and limited detail, so that we are forced to focus on the things that are important to consider. Keeping that in mind, this week’s challenge is to:
Complete a modern portrait of something inspirational to you while paying homage to cubism.
I chose to do a painting of a female with lots of colors and shapes. The shapes in my artwork were placed to enhance facial features and give more interest to the picture as a whole. Also, as I was completing the work, I started thinking about how symmetry is often related to beauty. Hence, I offset some of the facial features to see if my perception would change. What do you think? Is the woman in the painting beautiful still, or does the misalignment of things take away from her appeal?
I look forward to seeing what you come up with! If you are new to this challenge, you can visit this page for more details. Also, don’t forget to tag your work with #whatsnextwed, so that everyone can see what you’ve done.
Special thanks to talented artist Holly Sharpe for giving me some inspiration in modernizing this piece. You can visit her lovely work here.