Pompidou: 17/9/2010

I will be the first to admit that I am not the biggest fan of modern art; I find it weird and blatantly inartistic so I can truthfully say that I will less than thrilled when I learned that we would be visiting the Pompidou Centre. Fortunately for me, although the Pompidou did feature art that I would never consider art (i.e Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain”) it also featured works that I would enjoy. One piece that I found particularly interesting was the Primitive sculpture “Two Negresses” by Henri Matisse. This piece was sculpted in 1907-1908 and speaks to the idea of gender. When you first look at it it looks like a man and a women gazing into each other’s eyes. Upon closer investigation however, the viewer sees that both figures in this sculpture are female. Matisse is specifically speaking to the idea that gender is an illusion and that humans posses both masculine and feminine traits regardless of gender. Additionally, the fact that the sculpture is not smooth and a bit rough around the edges only further demonstrates that gender is not a black and white issue and that there is room for interpretation. I found this to be a very progressive and modern idea for the early 1900’s. I also found this piece so interesting because Matisse was also a painter yet, I find this piece to be done with so much intent that I would think he would solely be a sculptor. This is probably one of my favorite pieces that I have seen during this course which is ironic because as aforementioned I do not generally like modern art. In my opinion, “Two Negresses” blows Matisse’s paintings out of the water; there is simply no comparison. I just find it to be a remarkably interesting piece.


About cristinasartadventure

Bonjour! I am an American girl studying art and architecture in the most beautiful city in the world: Paris, France. This blog will chronicle my art adventures, museum trips, church visits and all sorts of other amazing things that I will see during my stay. Enjoy!
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