The art forms in Africa is generally diverse. It is important to do the generalization of the entire body related to the art to an specific continent which otherwise is opposed to some of the specific regions or other nations. This is done in order to deny the differences in many of the cultures. It can be stated that Picasso and many other modern artists have appropriated the formal element in the African art in their own art works. However, they also refer to the canonical art forms because of some of their features such as their diverseness with respect to the style and due to the creation of the new grounds with respect to the beauty and charm.
Another example that can be taken is Amadeo Modigliani’s Reclining Nude (1917). This is one of the most popular paintings from the contemporary period which has been loved by the people all over the world. The admiration of the nude figure depicted in the painting clearly states the purity with which it is designed. The painting clearly portrays the message. This kind of geometric shape and the level of angularity in the face of the figure takes some of the characteristics of the African masks, but it is possible to state that the eyes of the figure have come from the particular culture of Africa. The eyes of the figure are based on the canonical art form. The canonical forms of art had been represented by some other contemporary artists such as Picasso and Modigliani. Modagilini has given the demonstration of the African canonical influence in the contemporary art form. He has given the clear appropriation of her nudity but it also represents the canonical forms as it gives the classical notion of the divine Venus. The person who is there in the painting is not softly curved and it is also not fair or angelic in look. Instead of this, she is composed of a large number of strict lines or shapes, has a dark colour skin and is also very long.
The face of the figure is generally elongated, flay and angular similar to that of African mask. The eyes are generally hollow. The eyebrows of the figure are shaped as if they have been carved on. The image is so much inspired form the canonical forms that even the breasts have the rigid form and shape which is similar to the angelic counter parts observed in the European canonical art forms.