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A Novel

by Morten Ramsland

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    Feb 2009, 384 pages
    Jul 2010, 384 pages

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Cubism (c. 1907 - 1921)
Asger inherits his love of art from Grandpa Askild, who paints in the Cubist style pioneered by artists like Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Juan Gris, influenced by Paul Cezanne's later work. Although some art historians now credit the lesser-known Braque with creating the first Cubist paintings, Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, painted in 1907, was long considered Cubism's precursor, and the beginning of modern art. Though it wasn't exhibited until 1914, it wrestles with ideas that would become central to the Cubist movement -- "the most important and influential single innovation in the early history of modern art," according to historian Simon Wilson.

pictureLes Demoiselles d'Avignon
by Pablo Picasso (2007)

Cubism didn't start so auspiciously, though; the style originally took its name from insults lodged by critics and salon-goers who complained that the paintings consisted of no more than ...

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