2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference


Cubism and Primitivism: A Look at Stravinsky, Picasso, and Braque
Amy L. Schweizer
Prof. Shirley McKamie, Faculty Mentor

Paris provided the backdrop in the early 1900s for a wide range of creative activity, including painting and music composition. Notably, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque jointly developed the Cubist style in France around the turn of the century. At the same time, Igor Stravinsky, the well-known Russian composer, was experimenting with new compositional techniques and did much of his work in France. This research paper applies both art historical and musical disciplines to show the interconnection between Cubism and Primitivism. Links between these two movements are found within the style, the subject matter, and the place of production. Picasso and Braque portrayed their subjects in a multitude of moments and angles at the same time. Using block construction, Stravinsky exploits a similar technique to abstract his music. Cubism and Primitivism were mutually influential and inspired a generation of innovative artists and musicians.

Keywords: Cubism, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Primitivism, Igor Stravinsky, France


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 14-4
Location: OP 2115
Time: 9:00

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