So Many …isms, Part 3

Today’s post is about Cubism. Cubism was one of the most influential visual art styles of the early twentieth century. The Cubist painters rejected the inherited concept that art should copy nature, or that they should adopt the traditional techniques of perspective, modeling, and foreshortening. In cubist artworks, objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in an abstracted form. The artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context.

Cubism is divided into two branches Analytical and Synthetic cubism.

  • Analytic cubists “analyzed” natural forms and reduced the forms into basic geometric parts on the two-dimensional picture plane.
  • Synthetic cubism is characterized by the introduction of different textures, surfaces, collage elements, papier collé and a large variety of merged subject matter.

The “fathers” of cubism are Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Other artists include Paul Cézanne and Juan Gris.

Below are contemporary artists who paint in the cubist style.


3 Responses to “So Many …isms, Part 3”

  1. Great summary/introduction to the style. Thank you for including my painting!

  2. Kelly, Thank you for including my art in your blog! Great information!

  3. I’ve always wished someone were parsing Etsy to ‘curate,’ sort of. I’m glad to see you’re doing this on your site, and thanks for including my work! I hadn’t really thought about it in these terms, but I guess this makes me an ‘analytical cubist.’ Good to know!

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