Nicholls Art Historian Presents on Symbolism and Picasso

Photo by Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University

THIBODAUX, La. — A Nicholls State University art professor discussed the influences on Picasso’s work at a conference in Chicago last week.

Art history professor Dr. Deborah Cibelli presented at the College Art Association Conference on Feb. 13. In a session on the symbolist roots of the 20th and 21st centuries, she spoke about how Renaissance theater – or commedia dell’arte – influenced the painter’s art. The session included speakers from all over the U.S., and even Canada and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Cibelli said the research looks into the Symbolist roots of Picasso’s art. It also considers the significance of Symbolism for the history of modern art. Symbolism is a movement that suggests ideas through symbols and emphasizes a greater meaning.

“The opportunity to collaborate with scholars and teachers and to present research in this long-established venue for art and art history is much appreciated,” Dr. Cibelli said. “Participation allows me to present new ideas to students at Nicholls so that our students know about the current state of art and art history.”

The conference is an avenue for art historians and artists to showcase their research. Each topic being highlighted has been peer-reviewed.


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