No Fear o' Eras


The idea behind No Fear o' Eras is to discover what makes up the style of certain artistic eras. Explore the three examples below to see if you can find what makes them all fit into this era.

If this is your first time doing No Fear o' Eras, read the instructions.

The Paintings

Bend in the Road
Paul Cézanne
French, 1839 - 1906

Juan Gris
Spanish, 1887 - 1927

Rush Hour, New York
Max Weber
American, 1881 - 1961


  1. What kinds of things are the subjects of these paintings?
  2. Picasso said, "Art is a lie that tells the truth." What truth would these artworks be telling?
  3. Why would artists want to break things up like this?
  4. Which elements of design stand out the most?
  5. How much skill would it take to create paintings like these?

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Internet Resources

More about the style & artists

Cubism from the WebMuseum
What is Cubism? (detailed version)
Cubism: The Reconstruction of Space
Picasso and Cubism from the Web Museum

Sampling more examples

Juan Gris info from the Web Museum
Highlights from the Picasso Museum - Barcelona
Picasso & Cubism

Historical or cultural issues

First World War British Propaganda Posters
Photos from the First World War - Death and Destruction

Current versions

See how Pop-Art and Cubism are similar
Pinterest: Cubism - Modern (discretion may be advised)
D.M. Ross, Contemporary Australian Cubist Painter

Coming to an Opinion

Now that you have studied the three paintings by looking, questioning, and exploring related Internet resources, it's time to show what you've discovered. Fill in the fields below, then click the "I Fear No Eras" button to post your page. Print out, present, and discuss your ideas with other art historians.

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    What are the Three main things artworks of this era have in common?
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First Posted December 1995
Last revised February, 2014
Created by Tom March, tom at ozline dot com