Carl Einstein on Picasso and the visual brain

The article  “Carl Einstein, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Cubism, and the Visual Brain”  by   made me realize that probably the cubism, invented by Picasso and Gris,  was a logical step further along the path towards the investigation of vision, opened by impressionists.

Indeed, far from being a game of abstraction, multiple viewpoints and other rubbish, it appears that cubism, at least in its first stages, represents the effort of understanding the first stages of vision, as happening in the (artist’s) brain. I find this story amazing, showing how far a brilliant mind (the one of Picasso) could go ahead of its time.

Here is a reproduction of the painting “Guitarist”, by Picasso, 1910, taken from the cited article:

It would be interesting to compare the statistics of edges and corners and blobs  (actually blobs are higher level features) in cubist paintings from this age with the statistics of same features in databases of natural images. My bet is that they are very close.

Advertisements

One thought on “Carl Einstein on Picasso and the visual brain”

  1. Pingback: Of Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Leonard Lauder and I | elcidharth

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s