• Claire Burke

Joining #the100dayproject ... why not!

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I only heard about this a week ago but with assorted plans moving mercurially I thought a little discipline might be a good idea.

Its a project now in its 8th year and with multiple thousands of creatives across the globe participating, to conduct a creative project of ones own choice 100 consecutive days for a minimum of just 5 minutes to experiment, expand knowledge, improve technique or in fact pursue any goal a person may set themselves. Part of the commitment is to share your progress daily - 100 days is a long time and the art community are a supportive bunch. Of course most endeavours will be pretty visual so the sharing idea also works well in this dimension. See the100dayproject for details.

This means all over Instagram and Facebook you'll start seeing #100daysofpainting or #100daysof collage, for example. In my case I've been knuckling down to the practice of creativity with determination for ages now so I've decided I'd like my challenge to be one of knowledge. I'm investigating 100 artworks from 100 different notable artists chronologically each year from 1920. My art history is patchy, there's so much I don't know and this will fill some gaps and really interest me as I move from one style and era, seeing who inspired who, understanding the rolling evolution of modern and contemporary art more diligently. At least that's the plan.

I am no critic, I'm looking far and wide for interesting pieces of art, and/or interesting artists and usually my choices will be very subjective! I think I'll blog my investigations a week at a time but just to introduce you here are the first two efforts.

My first artwork is 1920: Horse, Pipe and Red Flower - Joan Miro which is a really appealing rather mid-genre artwork with clear influences from Cubism but is also crammed with visual interest and conveys deeper messages. From the website acknowledged I took this interesting snippet:

1920 Joan Miro - Horse, Pipe and Red Flower

Miró painted this work at his home in the Spanish village of Montroig shortly after his first visit to Paris. The complex configuration of forms adopts a Cubist collage technique inspired by the work of Pablo Picasso, whom he had met on this trip. The book on the table, Le Coq et l'arlequin (The Rooster and the Harlequin) by Jean Cocteau, featuring illustrations by Picasso, advertises this new friendship.

Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Horse, Pipe, and Red Flower (philamuseum.org)

My second choice is 1921 Pablo Picasso: Three Musicians, which confusingly turns out to be the title as named (not by me) of two paintings, shown here. The second one actually had a different name (Nous autres musiciens), but art history seems to acknowledge them by their content not their name. Odd.

Anyway Picasso was prolific around this time and these are works in collage and oil and "exemplify the Synthetic Cubist style" (who knew?). They each represent a trio of musicians in the Italian theatre style 'Commedia dell'arte : a Pierrot, A Harlequin and a Monk. My sources tell me that they represent Picasso and his two good poet friends from the 1910s one of whom sadly died and the other went into a monastery. For more see: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Musicians

I'll be popping an Insta story on my account daily and making a Highlight of the 100 chosen works, plus a weekly post condensing the efforts of the previous 7 days. I'm really excited to dive into this project and who knows what inspiration and Big Thoughts may come of it!

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