What is Cubism?

Hello Everyone! Recently in my Art in the Modern Era class, we had discussed the development of cubism. Now you see cubism is a broad term for a style of painting with many sub-categories. Cubism is a style of painting that represents the simple ideology of form. Every form is a piece of the natural world faceted and layered with many perspectives. The layering affect created a fractured structure, but provided many perspectives to bounce the viewers eye around the painting.

This revolutionary approach to painting was headed by master artist Pablo Picasso. The featured image above depicts “Les Demoiselles d’Auignon” which is the most important painting that changed Picasso. This was a brand new concept for its time; It was creative yet abstract with its rendering. The rendering of the womens face depicted above appear to be wearing masks. This may be due to the influences that were around Picasso at the time, such as African Art that were featured in European museums. Picasso was interested in masking individuals and not revealing too much of their identity. This was Picasso’s version of abstracting natural forms.

Featured above is another example of Picasso’s work in cubism. This is titled “Three Women” made in 1908. The women depicted are perfect facets that are taking form and making the forms appear geometric with volume. Although the figures appear to be flat, they have volume that is created in the varying perspectives of layering. The simple color palette is also a common element for cubist artist.

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