Part 1: Late 19 Century Art and Cubism
The post-impressionism piece by Paul Gaugin, “Still Life with Three Puppies” and the cubism piece by Pablo Picasso art two very striking painting at the Museum of Modern Art. It is Gaugin’s use of color, space and line that grabs your attention. The color and line makes everything pop. Placing the objects against the soft background makes them stand out because they are much richer in color. The outlining of each object was great. The use of blue paint instead of black to outline the puppies was a nice compliment to the grey color of the puppies’ bodies. The space is very important because you don’t get a sense of clutter nor do you feel as if you in space. There are three distinctive spaces on the painting which are the three puppies drinking from the large pan, fruits, and the goblets with apples.
The cubism piece “Glass, Guitar, and Bottle” by Pablo Picasso is a college made of wallpaper and newspaper snippets, and paint. You can tell that Picasso really played with the paint in this piece. t looks like he used some stencils and other methods and tools to create the different types of shading and texture in this painting. It is the very distinct lines and curves in this piece that really makes the visual happen.
When you see these two paintings at the M.O.M.A. it’s sort of like walking into two completely different worlds. Gaugin’s piece is realistic, you look at the painting and it literally draws you in. You are there in the kitchen by the fruits looking over at the pups. As for Picasso’s painting you get lost in the glass, guitar, and bottle. You don’t know where one ends and one begins. Both pieces tell a story but Gaugin leaves you to figure out the story yourself, or maybe even to create your own.