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Web of Art 15: African Interactions

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L. Mother and Child R. La Grande Musicienne.
19th-20th c African (Central) Luba Sculpture

LUBA PEOPLES Anonymous (5th c - Present) Primary
LUBA PEOPLES Anonymous (5th c - Present)
c. 1850-1950
19th-20th c
Republic of the Congo.
Seattle. Art Museum.
In contrast to the lucid classical simplicity of the Modigliani and Brancusi pieces, artists like Laurens were influenced by the bold formal dynamism of other African works. Energy, not classical beauty, is the effect created by the swelling and thrusting forms created by both the Luba Mother and Child on the left and Laurens' Grande Musicienne on the right. But in all cases, the African forms had helped the western artists to break through what they considered to be the stifling Beaux Arts tradition that dominated the artistic life of France at the turn of the century.

Caption: LUBA | L. Mother and Child R. La Grande Musicienne. | c. 1850-1950 | Central African | Luba

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