May 21st, 2012

piranha - crazy eyes

Final in Art History Theory Class

Today was the final in my Art History Theories class, which meant that I had to turn all of my outstanding assignments in  (thankfully, I managed to finish everything for the class) and write an in-class essay on this painting:

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon by Pablo Picasso

I'm sick to death of Picasso and his Demoiselles.  We've now analyzed the painting for a number of perspectives: psychological, feminism, historical, colonialism, aesthetically, and even from the view of an anthropologist.  None of it has made me like the image any more than I did in April.  I can now appreciate, however, the role that the painting has had in modern art, and just why it was such a revolutionary image when the world first saw it.  (Thanks for nothing, Picasso.)

My mind was in such a blur as I wrote that I can't even remember how I structured my essay.  I think I tried to structure it around the early 20th century's fascination with the 'other' as a means of coping with their own insecurities, and how this played out.  But I could have written about something completely different.  I just can't remember for the life of me.  Whatever I wrote, I hope it's enough to pass the class.  That's all that matters to me now.