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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Cubism Art

Cubism style of painting was pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in 1907 in which the subject matter was reassembled in abstract form with the concept of depicting an object as seen from different viewpoints and by using an analytical approach and painting the basic geometric shapes, sometimes showing multiple viewpoints of a particular image.

Characteristics of Cubism
  • Analytical Cubism - shows various perspectives, angles and views of the object. This is a structured dissection of the subject resulting in a fragmentary image of multiple viewpoints and overlapping planes. The most distinguished feature is its simplified palette of colors so the viewer wouldn't be distracted from the structure of the form.
  • Synthetic Cubism - is an approach where mixed media and collage were used. The use of fragments or cuttings from newspapers, sheet music, pieces of cloth, playing card, cigarette packs interacted on the flat plane of the canvas to achieve a total interpenetration of life and art.

An example of Analytical Cubism
Glass on a Table by Georges Braque 1909 - 10

An example of Synthetic Cubism
Still Life with Compote and Glass by Pablo Picasso

To most viewers, Cubism is a bit disturbing. However, its unique approach to art and life is also fascinating and refreshing. Modern materials are being used rather than the traditional paint on canvas thing. Perhaps this was a response to the modern environment. The major theme for most modern artists is the process of exploring  the fundamental energy of life.

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