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

Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar (Portrait of Dora Maar)

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

May 9, 2012, 7pm

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.

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Dr.Gus Casely-Hayford – The Silent Muse: The Influence of African Art on Picasso’s Early Work
1 hour 30 minutes
Curator and Historian Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford discusses the shift in the art world led by Pablo Picasso and his work inspired by the art of Africa.
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