This photograph has a slight cubist element to it. Somebody the other day said their boss loves Cubism but they don’t know what it is. Most of the people on the planet are like that too. I can remember when I was one of them.
So although I had no intention of discussing Cubism I can see an opportunity here to educate…..no inform maybe one or two of you out there what Cubism really is.
Cubism was an art movement pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque during the years 1907 – 1914, that revolutionised Western Art, and inspired related movements in music, literature and architecture. Cubism is considered the one of the most influential art movement of the 20th century.
Cubism was created by 2 guys….Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque during the years 1907 – 1914.
Picasso wanted to be the Greatest Painter ever so he teamed up with Braque to change the way we see the world …big time!
What Cubism basically does is breaks the object up into smaller facets which can show the gradually movement around the object thus revealing what it looks like in 3D. In other words it attempts to show in one artwork what things look like as you move around them and not just from one viewpoint.
There are different stages in the development of Cubism but one of the greatest paintings was Les Demoiselles d’Avignon 1907, considered to be a major step towards the founding of the Cubist movement
I have done many versions of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and just 2 are shown above.
When I started this post I had no idea I would be discussing Cubism. This was a MAJOR turning point in Modern Art and is a study in itself. Please feel free to add any comments.
Oh back to my bucket photo ……..well I particularly like the reflections on the floor. It almost seems like water. Also the light streaming through the bucket highlights the translucent quality of the plastic. But after Cubism lets not talk any further about the bucket photo.
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I appreciate you refreshing us on Cubism. No better place to do it than on your blog with your own creative example.
Hey, thank you for sharing with us the knowledge about art
You are welcome Sydney,
Picasso got the idea for cubism from an African mask.
Meta, thanks for visiting and adding to the discussion.
Robert, you have done it again. I love your example of cubism. You also gave an excellent explanation of Cubism. I had read the story of Cubism in art books, but had not seen that good an explanation about what they really tried to do.Thanks. I love your samples, and frankly, I like them better than the paintings you posted of Picasso . Was one of thepaintings Nude Descending a Stairce?RLTE
Thanks Silvia, Nude Descending a Staircase was painted by Marcel Duchamp in 1912 and while it shows elements of Cubism it is associated with a group called the Futurists. Duchamp was well know as a Dadaist and never associated with the Cubists. Best wishes, Robert
The painting you showed sort of looked like DuChamp , but on closer look I see what you mean. Thanks for sending the correct information. Looking forward to more art history. RLTE
Your right. Duchamp was right there at the time and was very much influenced by what was happening. However he did not produce many artworks and is well known for his urinal which he re-named Fountain in 1917. Still he has had a huge influence on Modern Art.
thank you for this concise description of cubism. I too much prefer your own examples!
That’s very kind of you Linda. Thank you, Robert
Nice post, I really like it. Most of all though, you impress me because you dare do what even Wikipedia don’t; to shove the Art of Picasso. 🙂
Thanks for your comment Dina. All my comments and posts come from my inner truth regardless of how others see it. Attitudes to artists……like all things are forever changing. Popular today and out of fashion tomorrow.
One of my big lessons came when I was being interviewed by a panel of 3 teachers/artists for acceptance to a Major Art College. When I mentioned J. M. W. Turner, the English seascape/landscape pioneering artist as one of my influences they all laughed loudly at me and said very sarcastically and dismissively “What could you learn from him? I later discovered many Great Modern artists were influenced by him and today Britain’s top Art Award is named in his honor.
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