Thursday, February 25, 2016

David Hockney Inspired Collages

Purpose:
To identify Cubist works, especially Pablo Picasso and the Cubist-inspired works of David Hockney;
To learn perspective and planning strategies to create a digital photomontage.

The Cubist period occurred during the 20th century. It was created by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in Paris in the early 1900's. The Cubist style was known for several characteristics, two major ones being dimension and perspective. Cubist work was primarily very two-dimensional and rejected the previously developed idea of perspective. Instead, they combine several different views of a subject into a single piece of artwork. In addition, they were not confined to only showing the subject exactly as it was. Instead, they often changed the color and space, making the art a little less realistic and a little more interpretive. Cubist work also frequently featured a pool of rather random things such as letters, instruments, bottles/pitchers/glasses, and newspaper. The subjects of Cubist work carried by often included still life work and humans.

David Hockney is an artist very diverse in his work. He is a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, photographer, and designer with international success as he was the "best-known British artist of his generation". His early work received the title of "pop art" although he was not fond of that label himself. He moved onto a focus of portraits, producing several successful pieces. He is also recognized as a stage designer, which is also reflected in his more resent easel paintings. Hockney also experimented with photography and produced photographic collages in the 1980's. Among his several artistic talents, Hockney also wrote a book surrounding his own work. Some Cubist featured included in his work are the multiple viewpoints as well as the inclusion of people as his subject. It seems as though David Hockney's Cubist work was influenced by Paris. Some of his most famous works were completed in Paris where Cubism was originally created.

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