Scottsdale gallery opens Léger, Picasso, Braque exhibit Feb. 24

(submitted photo)

(submitted photo)

Modern American presents “Cubism: Léger, Picasso, Braque,” an exhibition of the essential Cubists—Georges Braque, Fernand Léger and Pablo Picasso.

The exhibition and accompanying history will trace the invention and development of Cubism using iconic examples from all three of these internationally acclaimed and world-renowned masters.

The exhibition will open to the public on Feb. 24, according to a press release.

Mandolin and Guitar (submitted photo)

Mandolin and Guitar (submitted photo)

The exhibit will present over 80 works by Picasso, Léger and Braque. Among the available works is a quintessential Picasso composition from his Cubist period capturing his love of music depicting the Mandolin. Another highlight is a work by Braque combining Cubist elements and a stained glass window effect to create an awe-inspiring composition.

Cubism was the most influential art movement of the 20th century: it radically destroyed traditional illusionism in painting, revolutionized the way we see the world, and paved the way for the pure abstraction that dominated Western art for the next 50 years, the release stated.

PICASSO: (Spanish, 1881–1973) Not only was Pablo Picasso one of the most influential painters and artists of his time, he is also one of the most recognized figures of the 20th century. His career spanned over a 78-year period and included many different styles, techniques, and media.  Just last spring another record was broken with a Picasso painting for $179 million.  Picasso’s work is represented internationally with several museums dedicated solely to his work in addition to such prominent museums as The Smithsonian, The National Gallery, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, the Louvre, The Museé d’Orsay, Paris, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

LEGER: (French, 1881–1955) Léger was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker who along with Braque and Picasso was involved in the development of Cubism. His work eventually evolved into a more personal approach to the genre using some of its fundamental aspects but with simplified forms and bold primary colors. Some art historians consider him to be a forerunner of the Pop Art movement of the 1960’s. Léger belonged to the Section d’Or group, a Paris-based association of Cubist painters including Juan Gris, Marcel Duchamp. The Musée Fernand Léger was inaugurated in 1960 in Biot, France. In addition to the museum dedicated solely to his works, Léger is exhibited at prominent museums around the world including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, The Museé d’Orsay, Paris, and The Art Institute of Chicago.

BRAQUE: (French, 1882–1963) Born in 1882 in Argenteuil-sur-Seine, Georges Braque was one of the inventors of Cubism as well as the collage, two artistic techniques that would open a crucial door into twentieth century art.  Along with Picasso, Braque crossed traditional boundaries and worked toward something beyond abstraction; he strove to link abstraction to visual reality, and succeeded in doing so by pioneering innovative techniques that changed modern art. Braque’s artwork is the part of important permanent collections such as the Louvre Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Peggy Guggenheim collection, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Modern American is a Scottsdale Modern and Contemporary art gallery, offering masters whose works are in some of the world’s most prominent collections both private, corporate, and museums. The gallery also offer works by Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Salvador Dali and more.

Modern American is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale’s Arts District on the northeast corner of 3rd Ave & Marshall Way.

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