Wednesday, February 08, 2012

En-Uk's Small Eyes


This drawing titled Small Eyes by my twelve-year-old son, En-Uk, reminds me of some African sculpture, though not quite this Yoruba piece:



I know that I've seen some African sculpture with a longer neck that En-Uk's piece recalls, not that he was influenced.

Any readers who can help?

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10 Comments:

At 3:54 PM, Blogger dhr said...

small eyes and longer neck? Modigliani's paintings.

 
At 6:24 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Worth considering . . . but not what I was vaguely remembering.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 9:27 PM, Blogger dhr said...

that kind of African sculptures, anyway, were 'currency' among artists in Paris - Modigliani included - at the beginning of the 20th century. see Picasso's paintings and private collection.

the 'war against' that stuff was started by Salvador Dali.

 
At 9:48 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I thought of Picasso, too, and what you've called attention to. Still, I'm thinking of some other, specific sculpture . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:25 PM, Blogger dhr said...

I know, but, being a follower of Dali's, I am completely ignorant about African art...

 
At 4:03 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Interesting, though, this autonomous tradition of 'realist' art in Africa (not that En-Uk's is in the realist tradition).

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:13 AM, Blogger dhr said...

True, even if the African art which inspired the 20th century European artists was the less realistic one. In fact, they were looking for something "different" from the usual Western standards.

 
At 5:43 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

And from what I've seen, the Yoruban art shades seamlessly from realism to non-realism.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 7:02 AM, Blogger dhr said...

what about Mali?

 
At 7:07 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Those two are certainly elongated!

Jeffery Hodges

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