Art History in “Blindspot” Part Two

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After an early episode that uses Banksy as a muse, this episode, One Begets Technique, dives into many art history topics. As I watched the episode, I paused to do some fact checking every time I heard or saw a reference. Now, others have mentioned the show’s use of the Gardner Heist, but I want to go further than that. I want to write about the mentions of Cubist Realism and Fernand Léger. Regarding the Realism and Léger, I found myself amused by the context the show presented these two references.  To elaborate, the story has a professor first talking about Cubist Realism to a class, then a later scene (in that same class) has him naming a painting that I looked up and found that Fernand Léger created the work.
A work that he said originated from 1910.
The Cubist Realist movement would occur a decade later.
Initially, I found myself confused by the connection, but when I looked up the history behind these two references, I understood what the teacher meant from the two only scenes involving that class.
I think he wanted to connect two geographically different followers of the Cubist movement together. If you read the links I embedded, both Cubist Realists and Léger had similar goals in mind for their artistic executions.
Amusingly, when I searched a second time for the Leger painting via the name, I came across Henri Matisse’s 1906 painting that shared the same title.
Lastly, I do want to talk about the Gardner heist that drove this episode. I noticed that while they show the paintings, sketches, and even the Eagle standard, I never saw the Asian ceramic work mentioned in the Gardner link I embedded.
All in all, I really enjoyed this episode.


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