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Picasso’s “Violin and Guitar” was illustrative of one of the most important years in modern art. In 1913 the preconceptions about painting in place since the Renaissance were being turned on their head. Inspired by the Modernist music of Arnold Schoenberg, Kandinsky and Picasso began to fuse the themes of esoteric musical Modernism to the canvas, and elicited some of the most exciting and electrifying responses in twentieth century art. 1913 also saw the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a ballet piece attended by the foremost figures in art, architecture, and music, and which ended in a riot. “Violin and Guitar” can be seen as a reaction to this outpouring of public anger over experimentation in art. Rather than take his cues from the esoteric arrangements of Kandinsky, Picasso instead situated his rumination on painting and music firmly in the everyday tastes of the working classes. In his native Spain, the violin and the guitar were the tools of the street-performer, and their arrangement a nod towards the transcendental power of everyday life. An example of the artist’s short-lived experiments with Cubism, “Violin and Guitar” is also a testament to his collaborations with Georges Braque and Juan Gris. In the three years before the onset of World War I, Picasso, Braque, and Gris attempted to transform everyday objects through a duplication of viewpoints, thus collapsing the notion of fixed-point perspective that had reigned for five centuries. Combining oil paint, charcoal, and a solitary weave of fabric; this geometric surface is a triumph of artistic modernity at a crucial point in twentieth century history.
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Every item is made-to-order and assembled in-house by our team, using only premium materials...cuz we're a little OCD about art.
All of our premium materials are sourced from the states, and then assembled at iCanvas, in Illinois. Lincoln would be proud.
All of our artwork comes gallery wrapped. The image is stretched around the sides and stapled to the back of the wooden frame. Your piece of art will be ready to hang, and will include an easy-to-use hanging kit.
A little “armor for your art” that won‘t obscure the canvas. Your canvas print is gallery wrapped and mounted to a 2" thick, elegant, black hard wood frame. The art is inset, leaving a 3/8" space between the art and frame, creating the illusion that your art is “floating.”
Draw their eyes into the art with a classic frame. Your canvas print will be gallery wrapped and then carefully encased with a contemporary black hard wood frame. Only available for select .75" thick sizes.
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The best quality canvas for texture and finish; premium inks for vivid color; hand-stretched over 100% North American pine frames.
Every item is made-to-order — printed, stretched, and stapled here, at iCanvas.