Definitions for cubismˈkyu bɪz əm
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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.
Cubism is an early-20th-century avant-garde art movement pioneered by George Braque and Pablo Picasso, joined by Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, Fernand Léger and Juan Gris that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired related movements in music, literature and architecture. Cubism has been considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century. The term is broadly used in association with a wide variety of art produced in Paris during the 1910s and extending through the 1920s. Variants such as Futurism and Constructivism developed in other countries. A primary influence that led to Cubism was the representation of three-dimensional form in the late works of Paul Cézanne, which were displayed in a retrospective at the 1907 Salon d'Automne. In Cubist artwork, objects are analyzed, broken up and reassembled in an abstracted form—instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context.
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