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The Silent Muse: the Influence of African Art on Picasso’s Early Work with Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford (Audio)

May 18th, 2012

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937.

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), Portrait of Dora Maar, 1937. Oil on canvas 92 x 65 cm Musée National Picasso, Paris Pablo Picasso gift-in-lieu, 1979, MP158 (C) Succession Picasso, 2011 (C) RMN / Jean-Gilles Berizzi

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Recorded: Wednesday, May 9, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
Duration: 01:34:04

During the early years of the twentieth century a new form of painting was born. This was not a further resolution of the aesthetic conundrum that had been teasing European artists for centuries – this wasn’t an evolutionary step that took us closer to understanding the mechanics of paint and canvas – this was the establishment of a new kind of aesthetic aim. This is the beginning of a radical change in pre-war cultural trajectory, an unstoppable revolution that defined post-war popular culture, and continues to inform the arts. It was a shift that found its most dramatic form in the work of Pablo Picasso, but was triggered and inspired by the art of Africa.

2 Responses to “The Silent Muse: the Influence of African Art on Picasso’s Early Work with Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford (Audio)”

  1. Guest says:

    The download link isn’t available for this podcast? Was that intentional or could that please be fixed?

  2. Thanks for alerting us to that error! The link is there now. Right click on it and select ‘save link as’ to get the mp3.

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