The works in progress Les Demoiselles d Avignon means the young ladies of Avigon. It was painted by Pablo Picasso in 1907. The early sketch reveals that it originally had seven figures, five prostitutes, a sailor, and a medical student carrying a book. The crouching figure is complex in Study for the crouching Demoiselle. An earlier drawing reveals that what would become her hand is originally her arm and Her eyes were originally her breasts.
Her mouth was originally her bellybutton. In the critical process the photograph is not a still life because the flower is wilting in the painting. That is not plaesureable. Still life is designed to induce in the spectator a higher order of thought. The vanitas tradition requires a skull in the painting. The lighting is dark.
The background is almost as dark as the vase. They almost blend together. Figure 39 is one of the great examples of Impressionism, a mode of painting that dominated let nineteenth-century art in the Western world, especially in France. Claude Monets The Regatta at Argenteuil is representing every detail of a scene exactly as it appears. Monets purpose is to question the nature of representation itself.
The picture is a representation. It is not very life-like. I think it is very sketchy. There are broad dashes of paint. I feel that he is expressing his pint of view to nature in his art work. The tension and conflict between the uncontrollable forces of nature and the civilizing powers of human society dominated American art and literature in the nineteenth century.
Thomas Cole painted this theme in a series of five paintings called The Course of Empire. The painting represents according to Cole, the history of a natural Scene, as well as an Epitome of man; showing the natural changes of landscape and those effected by man in his progress from Barbarism to Civilation-to the state of luxury-to the vicious state or state of Destruction, etc. The five paintings also represent the cycle of seasons, starting with spring and ending in autumn. I noticed that there is the same mountain in back of the paintings.
Even though the landscape is changing obviously the mountain is still peaking through in each of the paintings. As time passes the landmark stays the same.