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Tom Gunning on Picasso & Braque

by Brett Service

In this clip from 'Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies' (2008), film historian Tom Gunning testifies to the influence of cinema on the stylistic innovations of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. For Gunning, the atomization of the representative painted image mimics and is informed by the dynamism and movement of cinema. He provokes interesting historical questions when thinking about early cinema: about the nature of the aesthetic relationship between art forms (and the directionality of their influence on each other), about speculation of cinema's emergence and its presumed inevitability (a la Andre Bazin), about ways of seeing in visual culture and the terms of historical disruption or transition.

Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies (2008): Picasso, Braque, and Cinema

In this clip from 'Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies" (2008), film historian Tom Gunning suggests that Picasso and Braque's cubist paintings function like cinema.

from Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2008)
Creator: Arne Glimcher
Distributor: Arthouse Films
Posted by Brett Service