Cubism is a nonobjective school of painting and sculpture developed in Paris by artists Picasso and Braque about 1908. It is characterized by the reduction and fragmentation of natural forms into abstract, often geometric structures usually rendered as a set of discrete planes.

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Which colors are most commonly used in cubism works?

the colours that are normally used are very light colours because the reflection makes it look more cubism.


What is the medium of Cubism?

During the first period 1908-11 they used oil paint. The second phase of cubism included collage and drawing in pencil, coal or ink.


When and where was Cubism started?

Cubism started in Paris (France) in 1907.

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Is guernica cubism?

No, it is not.


Why did artists do cubism?

Cubism is a style of art created in the 1920's * by two famous painters Pablo Picasso and George Braque. They both used a lot of cubism in their paintings. Cubism is a type of art that shows movement through **time. That means that instead of painting someone stiff, the artist would paint them to were they looked like they were moving.

Another thing you do in cubism is you break down the object (person or thing) into geometric shapes. That way instead of showing one face, the artist could use small shapes to show more than one.

*) No, it was in 1908.

**) That 'moving in time' idea was more the concept of Futurism. In Paris there was a very intensive debate circa 1910-1914 in which the Futurist artists accused the Cubists that they were re-establishing the classical way of art, an art without movement! Look the quotes by Boccioni for instance; follow link.

I think Cubism was mainly concentrated on observing the object from different directions - so only movement in space - and not in time. Their nude didn't move - or the bottle, or the guitar - in Cubism.

When the cubist artists were getting ready to do cubism, the first thing they did was they drew a sketch and drew the shapes on another piece of paper. Then, they would do the changes on the final sheet of paper. The last thing you do in cubism would be the shapes, shade in the picture, and then the picture would be complete.

Cubism is modern art made up mostly of paintings. The paintings are not supposed to look real. The artist uses geometric shapes to show what he is trying to paint. Early cubists used mainly grays, browns, greens, and yellows. After 1914, Cubists started to use brighter colors. Cubism was the beginning of the Abstract and Non-objective art styles.

Important Cubist artists were, Picasso and Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Fernand Leger. Metzinger and Feininger made a real school out of the start of Cubism.

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What is analytical drawing?

like building sketches

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How can the influence of cubism still be seen in today's art work?

It can't, that happened 100 years ago, just a couple old paintings in museums. Listen to some rap music instead : The Carter IV just came out.


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What impact did Cubism have on other art forms?

It showed it is possible to depict objects in other than realistic .ways


What is Cubism?

Cubism is a style of art created in 1908 by two famous painters Pablo Picasso and George Braque. They both used a lot of cubism in their paintings.

- Many think that Cubism is an art of transition, an experiment which is to bring ulterior results. Those who think that way have not understood it. Cubism is not either a seed or a fetus, but an art dealing primarily with forms, and when a form is realized it is there to live its own life… …If Cubism is an art of transition I am sure that the only thing that will come out of it is another form of Cubism (Paris 1923).

* artist quotations from 'Picasso speaks', text by Marius Zayas, in 'The Arts', New York, May 1923

Cubist painting was primarily concerned not with lifelike representation but with the depiction of forms from many angles at once. This was done through breaking up the subject into facets.

- When objects shattered into fragments appeared in my painting about 1909; this for me was a way of getting closest to the object… …Fragmentation helped me to establish space and movement in space.

* artist quote by George Braque, from "Braque", Edwin Mullins, Thames and Hudson, London 1968, p. 55

Cubist Paintings Cubism paintings are paintings which are broken up, analyzed and put together in an abstract way - Instead of drawing the picture from one angle, the artist draws the picture from loads of different views to show the object in greater detail.

Definitely and categorically none!

Simply because that is the very idea of analytical cubism.
A style of art where to the expense of the art it is fragmented


How is geometry used in cubism?

Click link below. In the paintings shown you will see the geometrical details.


How was Cubism created?

In 1907 Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque created cubism, that used geometric designs to recreate reality to the viewers mind.

Cubism is often divided into two phases - the Analytic phase 1907-12, and the Synthetic phase 1913 through the 1920s.

The Cubists broke from centuries of tradition in their painting by rejecting the single viewpoint. Instead they used an analytical system in which three-dimensional subjects were fragmented and redefined from several different points of view simultaneously.The movement was conceived as 'a new way of representing the world', and assimilated outside influences, such as African art, as well as new theories on the nature of reality, such as Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

cubism was started by braque a development that took from 1907-1909 the painting of this development:

trees and viaduct at lestaque

viaduct at lestaque

houses at lestaque

violin and pallet (fully progressed to cubism)

all are by braque. Picasso (a good friend of braque) created synthetic cubism which is more collage like. Picasso is mainly know for creating cubism as although braque created cubism Picasso painted more cubist pictures and therefore is more thought of as the creator od cubism.

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What style of painting did Brett whiteley used in his painting ' the cat'?

Brett Whiteley painted it in offset lithograph style. This is a style in which a smooth stone or metal or paper plate is used to make an inked impression on a rubber blanket that transfers it to the paper being printed, instead of being made directly on the paper.

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Where was Pablo Picasso born and raised?

In Malaga, Spain.


What do Futurism and Cubism have in common?

An analtytical approach to composition


How does cubism differ from realism?

Realism in the visual arts and literature is the depiction of subjects as they appear in everyday life, without embellishment or interpretation. The term also describes works of art which, in revealing a truth, may emphasize the ugly or sordid.

Cubism was a 20th century avant-garde art movement, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired related movements in music and literature. The first branch of cubism, known as "Analytic Cubism", was both radical and influential as a short but highly significant art movement between 1907 and 1911 in France. In its second phase, Synthetic Cubism, the movement spread and remained vital until around 1919, when the Surrealist movement gained popularity.

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How did Georges Braque represent his world through cubism?

Georges Braque, similarly to Picasso, was very much affected by the shift in art and literature that modernism was bringing. In literature, there was a crisis of language. Why did three letters c-a-t actually come to mean the furry creature on our couch? Writers such as Faulkner and Wallace Stevens tried to redefine the way we use language. The cubists had the similar crisis. Why should a natural drawing of a fruit bowl be the only way we can show the fruit bowl? Braque and Picasso used cubism to show the multi-faceted nature of the objects they were representing. They made the viewer look at the subject differently than they would in a basic representation. Some of his work is less understandable than others, but a look at his body of work would provide some clues as to what some of the figures/objects in the art are. Interestingly enough, Braque's day job was painting veneer finished items (false marble top, false wood, etc). He counterfeited nature exactly during his actual job, but his paintings were a reinvention of representation. Just some food for thought.

- I couldn't portray a women in all her natural loveliness… …I haven't the skill. No one has. I must, therefore, create a new sort of beauty, the beauty that appears to me in terms of volume of line, of mass, of weight, and through that beauty interpret my subjective impression. Nature is mere a pretext for decorative composition, plus sentiment. It suggests emotion, and I translate that emotion into art. I want to express the absolute, not merely the factitious woman. ( a statement given to the American Gelett Burgess, late in 1908, fh)

* artist quotes from 'The wild men of Paris' in 'The Architectural Record', May 1910; as quoted in "Braque", Edwin Mullins, Thames and Hudson, London 1968, p. 34

- What greatly attracted me - and it was the main line of advance of Cubism - was how to give material expression to this new space of which I had an inkling. So I began to paint chiefly still life's, because in nature there is a tactile, I would almost say a manual space. I wrote about this moreover 'When a still life is no longer within reach, it ceases to be a still life… '. …For me that expressed the desire I have always had to touch a thing, not just to look at it. It was that space that attracted me strongly, for that was the earliest Cubist painting - the quest for space.

* artist quotes from a conversation with Dora Vallier, 1954; as quoted in "Letters of the great artists - from Ghiberti to Gainsborough -", Richard Friedenthal, Thames and Hudson , London, 1963


What did cubism artists paint draw?

many things in the cubist form. (from nature to people)


In what country was cubism most prominent?

In France.

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What styles of painting are popular?

Go to your local hardware store (the bigger the store the better) and ask. Anything is in if you like it! The "rag texture" to "sponging" is popular and border are out (decals), but if you like borders go for it. There are all sorts of decorative paints that have a textured look, so it's best to ask the guy at the hardware store and also how to prepare your walls for that type of technique. Marcy

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Where in the world did cubism happen?

Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque started cubism in Paris, France.

Pablo Picasso

What Style did Picasso use before cubism?

Picasso's style before cubism was the African-influenced period.

All together, he went through these periods:

Blue Period

Rose Period

African-influenced Period





What is the difference between African art and cubism?

African art came first Pablo Picasso took African art and called it cubism.


What is the difference between analytic cubism and synthetic cubism?

Analytical cubism was developed before Synthetic cubism. Basically, analytical cubism sought to analyze a subject matter and idea by breaking down an image. As a result, the artist combines various perspectives, angles, and views of the object in various possible forms and qualities. On the other hand, synthetic cubism is like a collage: it combines different surfaces, textures, and subject matters. Therefore, analytical cubism is more 3-D while synthetic cubism is more 2-D. Analytical cubism sought to analyze an object, while synthetic cubism synthesized (or combined) various objects. However, both manipulated line, shape, form, and color to achieve this.


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