How The Ghana Is Influenced By African Art

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In this assignment we look at how the Benin is able to concept the uncivilised nature of African societies. We will also look at the relationship between the Benin Bronzes, as African art, rather than modern art in the west. We know that the Benin bronzes are known to be of ‘aesthetic’, ‘spiritual’ and ‘sentimental’ value due to its symbolic appraisal of civilisation. They are also one of the most sophisticated pieces of art.
When looking into the African heritage, we can note it has a vast impact on the modern art world - artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse sustain this. Artists in the 1920’s and 30’s were known to be influenced by African arts, they would experiment with adjoin effects after witnessing original African art in
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(1971). Ruskin believes that the lexis ‘art’ is retained for European and Christian traditions. We know that ‘fine art’ is a representation of pre recovery tradition within Europe as paintings were able to give off the depiction illusion of objects/ people in reasoned environments. Although, the Benin Bronze is able to become symbolic of idolised bodies, Western Societies did not see this as ‘art’, due to its ‘primitive’ nature.
The Benin Bronze is seen to give off the illusion of life-like through the academic modelling of: light and shadow gradations upon features around the eyes, mouth and ears, the smooth finishes upon the softer areas such as the lips and rounded forms in spaces such as the chin and inner eyes. Rather than depicting emotions, the Benin bronze is able to use distorted forms to express them through emphasises on certain areas of the artefact such as the fine detail within the headpiece and neck. The Benin bronze is also able to give the illusionistic imitation of feelings, such as: worship, dread and concern – depending on how the viewer deceives it. It is known that the idea of forming and feeling emotion within art, was central to the late nineteenth century - The historic impact of this is indisputable.
The artwork of the Benin Bronzes were seen transported to anthropological museums in Germany, France, England and other nations following the imperialism at the end of the nineteenth century. The

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