Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is conté?

What is conté?

Conté is a vivid colored, waxy crayon. Nicolas-Jacques Conte’ invented them in 1795. Artists use sanding pads to sharpen their tips for drawing details, drag them flat on their sides for shading in large areas, and them to blend colors while drawing and sketching.

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Cubism

Cubism was the attempt to depict different views of objects or figures together in one picture. Artists George Braque and Pablo Picasso began this style around 1907, and the name cubism resulted from their compositional use of geometric outlines resembling cubes.

Naive art

Naïve art describes a style of artwork which is unsophisticated and simple. It usually describes the artwork of artists who have not trained in a formal academy or art school. The style is unsophisticated, simple, lacking advanced art techniques; appearing that a child made it.

Earth Art

Earth art was a style which emerged in the 1960s and 70s. It was part of the conceptual art movement, and refers to artworks created by sculpting the land or making structures in the landscape using earth, rocks or twigs.

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