This piece I painted demonstrates the practice of Cubism.
medium: poster color & watercolor
Cubism was the newly founded art movement in the 20th century started by the lionized artists, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The cubism style is depicted with their flat, 2-D appearance that includes sharp geometric shapes, angles, lines, and shapes.
Nude Descending a Staircase (1912)
This painting by Marcel Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase, demonstrates the study of Cubism in its full beauty. This classic Modernist piece with the dimensions 57.9 in by 35.1 in oils of ochres and browns was painted from real life. Instead of painting the figure at one pose, he decided to accumulate every movement into one work. One beautiful characteristic of Cubism is the alternative way of portraying an event.
Since this style of art is abstract, it is especially not bound by strict guidelines or rules. Duchamp used the many different shapes and colors to illustrate movement of the figure shown; we can relate this painting to a stop motion film.
In NU DESCENDANT UN ESCALIER, we can catch a glimpse of an arm or a leg, and the subjects are left to our interpretation. It contrasts with just viewing a concrete image.
In my painting above, Flower Field, I used different vibrant colors for the flowers: pink, yellow ochre, light red, cerulean blue, cobalt violet, lemon yellow, and white. With the practice of Cubism involved, the flowers look somewhat like gemstones and jewels. As you ca notice, when moving further back in the painting, the colors become more muted, in which I added more gray to my color palette to portray distance.