The Terrace at Vernonnet Vs. Les Demoiselles D'Avignon

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The Terrace at Vernonnet by Pierre Bonnard and Les Demoiselles D’Avignon by Pablo Picasso are two works of art, painted with oil on canvas that contrast each other by the artist’s respective use of color, line, and shape. The Terrace at Vernonnet shows a scene where a woman sets a table for what appears to be the appetizer of a meal outside. The lines on her face make her look crestfallen, almost as though she is crying. Bonnard puts emphasis on this sorrowful theme by using many different shades of blues throughout the painting. Because the colors show a feeling of sorrow, the element of line shows smooth, curved outlines. Les Demoiselles D’Avignon is a painting where prostitutes are posing to be painted. Picasso uses rigid, unrealistic lines and shapes, and the figures show no emotion. Colors like orange and flesh fill the painting to give it a sense of warmth.

These two works are entirely different in the styles in which they were painted. One painting shows flowing lines of sorrow, where the other shows rigid, warm lines and tones.