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Afrique noire (N° 22486)
One of the great merits of this work is to approach the arts of black Africa in a thematic way. Capital importance of religion and magic, belief granted to omnipresent occult forces, ancestral cults accompanied by sacrifices, funeral rites, initiation ceremonies, masked dances for all times of life, power of secret societies, will to the prestige of chiefs, the desire for adornment or the search for beauty in the most humble objects, such are the deep sources of traditional African art. In this context, the artist in charge of creating the essential works had only relative freedom. But what a result! A careful aesthetic analysis shows how brilliantly the problems have been solved: finds of forms, audacity in conceptualization, evocative shortcuts; it is no coincidence that African art has had such a profound influence on modern art, from Modigliani to Matisse, from Vlaminck to Derain, via the cubism of Picasso and Juan Gris. A capital and complete work which reveals to us and explains to us the secrets and the roots of the arts of black Africa.
Author: Laure Meyer
Number of pages: 224
Dimensions: 300 x 240mm
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