African art has influenced modern art in the occident ever since the discovery of negro art. It was founded in Africa and is seen in a multitude of local arts that reflect a variety of cultures. Each is different with its traditions and continue sto evolve over time in various parts of Africa.
It was not until the early twentieth century, shortly before World War I, that African objects were recognized by the tawny and the cubists artists. It is the negro art. It marks deeply modern art. Vlaminck says he was the first to be passionate about this art.
Today most African works are in the hands of private collectors. In the past, museums around the world have shunned this art which had judged them as irrelevant. Today, finding a typical object has become a real headache. Flights to Africa are frequent and the discovery of this primitive art sparking a craze among tourists.
The famous talented Pablo Picasso owned in his home many african sculptures and masks that inspired most of his paintings.
Thanks to them, he found the tools and courage to break with his classical education. He discovered the abstraction of form « we do not draw what we see, but the idea of what we see. » Les Demoiselles d’Avignon with their stylized bodies and distorted faces like masks, marked a complete break with the European academicism.
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