October 4, 2009

Miro's Study Journal Page 6

"I subjected myself to the Cubist discipline in order to train my muscles.  To me, painting is like the dance before executing  'entrechats,'(*) one must have good leg muscles.  It was in this senses that Cubism could be useful to me....Since at that time I had the impression that I could not see form.  I thought Cubism would help me learn to see."
Some believe that the roots of cubism are to be found in the two distinct tendencies of Paul Cézanne's later work: firstly to break the painted surface into small multifaceted areas of paint, thereby emphasizing the plural viewpoint given by binocular vision, and secondly his interest in the simplification of natural forms into cylinders, spheres, and cones.

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