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Stern was extremely influenced by the style of Post-Impressionists Fauves and Expressionists especially by Max Pechstein of Die Brcke The work that reflects this was produced when she was still in Germany and was based on expressionist communication Contrasting with German Expressionism her travels through Africa were also highly influential as well as the mementoes she acquired The savagery of the landscape and of the people of snakes wild birds and tropic vegetation were extremely important Different African Cultures such as Pondo women Watusi peoples with slender long necks Muslim women in finery and Malay women were of great importance Stern was highly influenced by primitive art mainly by the relics and artifacts of ancient African cultures Pondo Woman is typical of Sterns characteristics regarding subject matter as it is a portrait of a woman from another culture Stern emphasizes the contrast between Western and African tradition but has focused on an image of life and beauty Her painting is fresh spontaneous and immediate She has neglected traditional techniques of space and her composition is crowded The painting is not very structured as there is not much depth in the background and the woman is positioned in the foreground Her brushstrokes are visible as she has made use of thick paint and there is a vivid combination of line and colour The palette that she has used is intense extravagant and warm but is also limited Stern incorporates a wide variety of textures and there are decorative elements in her work Stern is regarded as an important painter in the history of South African art as she was extremely controversial and went against traditional ways of painting She was able to translate observation and feeling into her paintings and expressed herself impulsively in vigorously executed drawings which capture essential information about appearances and presence She also worked in a variety of media and explored her technique a great deal She developed a Modernist
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