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“Naked Problems”. Origin and Reach of the Formalist Interpretations

  • Maite Méndez Baiges

The first solid interpretation of the damsels to make a mark was delivered from formalist criteria. Thus, as far as was possible the content of the work was disregarded, studying only in great detail all its pictorial or purely plastic values that proclaimed the great avant-guard revolution: the substitution of the Renaissance visual order with the modern visual order. From this point of view the Demoiselles appear as the seed of one of the most relevant avant-guard movements —Cubism. This chapter deals with the origin and how the formalist version shaped the painting —and Modern Art itself (from the 1920s until approximately the 1960s).

  • Keywords:
  • Modernism,
  • Demoislles d'Avignon,
  • Alfred H. Barr,
  • MoMA,
  • Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler,
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Maite Méndez Baiges

University of Malaga, Spain - ORCID: 0000-0002-0762-7004

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Chapter Title

“Naked Problems”. Origin and Reach of the Formalist Interpretations

Authors

Maite Méndez Baiges

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English

DOI

10.36253/978-88-5518-656-8.04

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2022

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Book Title

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Modernism

Authors

Maite Méndez Baiges

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

148

Publication Year

2022

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© 2022 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/978-88-5518-656-8

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