Definitions for cubismˈkyu bɪz əm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
cub•ism*ˈkyu bɪz əm(n.)
a style of painting and sculpture marked esp. by the reduction of natural forms to their geometrical equivalents and the reorganization of the planes of a represented object.
Category: Fine Arts
* (sometimes cap.).
Origin of cubism:
< F cubisme (1908)
an artistic movement in France beginning in 1907 that featured surfaces of geometrical planes
An artistic movement in the early 20th Century characterized by the depiction of natural forms as geometric structures of planes.
Origin: From cubisme. One story is that, in 1908, as a new canvas by Braque was being carried past, someone said, “Encore des Cubes! assez de cubisme!”. The quotations below ascribe the coinage to Matisse.