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MUSEUM VISIT Essay #2—Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignonvs. Matisse’ Piano Lesson; MoMa

This assignment is your focus for this week.

–Paper must be 3-4 pagesin length (double-spaced)

–Paper must have a title (a good title will reflect your thesis)

–Paper must be in Times New Roman 12 point font

–Paper margins must be 1″ on left and right; top margin must be 1″ and bottom margin 1″

–Put titles of works of art in italics

**IMPORTANT** If you borrow someone else’s idea, you must footnote it.  

If you borrow it directly, you must put their words in quotation (” “) marks. 

(This applies to allinformation taken from lecture, books, wall plaques, etc.)

Museum-Based Essay 2—Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignonand Matisse’s The Piano Lesson: MoMa(The Museum of Modern Art)

Normally  I would send you to museum for this assignment, but MOMA is closed, so  you will not need to go, just look at the images I have included in PDF  (See  on BB:


1. Read PDF posted on Blackboard: 

“New Encounters with Les Demoiselles d’Avignon: Gender, Race, and the Origins of Cubism”

Anna C. Chave

The Art Bulletin, Vol. 76, No. 4 (Dec., 1994), pp. 596-611


1a. Watch: Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon:

Watch: Matisse, Piano Lesson:

2.  Respond to the following prompt: How can Cubism be seen in Picasso’s  painting and how does Matisse reveal his own brand of cubism in his  painting? Each artist is using his own technique to show that many  perspectives are a fundamental way of understanding the modern world and  the way that it is seen. While Picasso uses structure, Matisse uses  color. 

You may borrow ideas from readings, or videos, but tell me you are doing so using quotation marks.


Approximately 250 words