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Cubism is neither a movement nor an identifiable group. It is an artistic tendency that appeared between and , created by Pablo Picasso — and Georges Braque — The term comes from an article by the critic Louis Vauxcelles, published in the Gil Blas issue of 14 November , about an art exposition at the Kahnweiller gallery that featured the Braque paintings that were refused by the Salon d'Automne.
It became more than a simple term, as it started an aesthetic revolution that put into question the way we see and conceive of a painting. Critics and historians agree on this point: Picasso gave birth to a painting technique that changed the face of the twentieth century. These categories were established based on the evolution of the works of Braque, Juan Gris pseudonym of Jose Victoriano Gonzalez, — , and Picasso.
Braque's Grand Nu and the landscapes he painted at L'Estaque Le viaduc de L'Estaque, also testify to this willingness to give solidity and density to shapes and motifs without the help of lighting effects. In Braque and Picasso changed the terms of depiction by reducing reality to fundamental shapes and volumes such as in Braque's Guitare et compotier, These aesthetic experiments led them to analytical cubism, in which perspective is abandoned in favor of a multiplication of sight line angles in order to represent the multiple facets of an object.
Picasso and Braque therefore achieved simultaneous views of an entire object through geometric forms as in Picasso's Portrait de D. Kahnweiler, , and Braque's Nature morte au violon, They took a decisive step in the history of representation by going beyond appearance to come up with a total vision and an art that deeply changed the face of iconography. Volumes, space, and colors find themselves balanced on a fine line between reality and abstraction.
Picasso and Braque also changed the way a painting is observed by simultaneously introducing letters or numbers Picasso in Ma jolie, —, and Braque in Le Portugais, — in trompe l'oeil while re-implementing reality in the canvas by using materials other than paint paper reproducing wood, caning, pieces of newspaper, matchboxes. In Braque used nails. Thus, the two painters created an ambiguity within the way a painting is read. This study of different planes was also noticeable in their use of oval-shaped canvases for their paintings, such as La table et la pipe by Braque — Their research abolished the idea of imitation of reality and made cubism a conceptual art form according to the formula invented by Guillaume Apollinaire — Picasso and Braque established a new relationship between reality and representation, between the essence and the concept.
Synthetic cubism was born out of the new relationship that Picasso and Braque had with the subjects of their paintings, in the sense that the object would be completely stripped of anything superfluous Braque, Clarinette  and Violon [also ]. The entire representation is no longer needed, the object is depicted by a fragment—that is, its essential characteristics. Thus, Picasso migrated toward the essence of the object in order to determine its defining characteristic.
The depiction of a glass in a few essential strokes in La bouteille de Marasquin in , remains an emblematic example because the object is no longer three-dimensional, but flat. During the first years of cubism, Picasso and Braque did not show their work much, except at the Kahnweiler and Uhde galleries. However, other artists such as Gris, Albert L.
Gleizes — , and Jean Metzinger — developed a cubism style of their own. Gleizes and Metzinger wrote a book titled Du cubisme that was published in There is also cubist sculpture, the first of which was by Picasso, and its influence was echoed in the installations of Alexander Archipenko , Duchamp-Villon, Henri Laurens, and Jacques Lipchitz.
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Cubism and La Section d'Or: Reflections on the Development of the Cubist Epoch, — Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright The Columbia University Press. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. One even wonders why the artist has not used cubes of solid matter diversely colored: The result, not solely a collaboration between its two authors, reflected discussions by the circle of artists who met in Puteaux and Courbevoie.
It mirrored the attitudes of the "artists of Passy", which included Picabia and the Duchamp brothers, to whom sections of it were read prior to publication. The manifetso Du "Cubisme" by Metzinger and Gleizes was followed in by Les Peintres Cubistes , a collection of reflections and commentaries by Guillaume Apollinaire.
And just as in painting, it became a pervasive influence and contributed fundamentally to Constructivism and Futurism. Cubist sculpture developed in parallel to Cubist painting. During the autumn of Picasso sculpted Head of a Woman Fernande with positive features depicted by negative space and vice versa.
According to Douglas Cooper: Indeed, Cubist construction was as influential as any pictorial Cubist innovation. It was the stimulus behind the proto-Constructivist work of both Naum Gabo and Vladimir Tatlin and thus the starting-point for the entire constructive tendency in 20th-century modernist sculpture. Cubism formed an important link between earlyth-century art and architecture.
Though there are many points of intersection between Cubism and architecture, only a few direct links between them can be drawn. Most often the connections are made by reference to shared formal characteristics: Architectural interest in Cubism centered on the dissolution and reconstitution of three-dimensional form, using simple geometric shapes, juxtaposed without the illusions of classical perspective.
Diverse elements could be superimposed, made transparent or penetrate one another, while retaining their spatial relationships. Cubism was relevant to an architecture seeking a style that needed not refer to the past.
Thus, what had become a revolution in both painting and sculpture was applied as part of "a profound reorientation towards a changed world". The influential De Stijl movement embraced the aesthetic principles of Neo-plasticism developed by Piet Mondrian under the influence of Cubism in Paris.
Between and , Le Corbusier concentrated his efforts on Purist theory and painting. His theoretical studies soon advanced into many different architectural projects. Metzinger and Gleizes in Du "Cubisme" , written during the assemblage of the "Maison Cubiste", wrote about the autonomous nature of art, stressing the point that decorative considerations should not govern the spirit of art. Decorative work, to them, was the "antithesis of the picture". It can be moved from a church to a drawing-room , from a museum to a study.
Essentially independent, necessarily complete, it need not immediately satisfy the mind: It does not harmonize with this or that ensemble; it harmonizes with things in general, with the universe: Spectators at the Salon d'Automne passed through the full-scale bymeter plaster model of the ground floor of the facade, designed by Duchamp-Villon. Laurens designed the fountain, Csaky designed Doucet's staircase,  Lipchitz made the fireplace mantel, and Marcoussis made a Cubist rug. The original Cubist architecture is very rare.
There is only one country in the world where Cubism was really applied to architecture — namely Bohemia today Czech Republic and especially its capital, Prague. After the war, the architectural style called Rondo-Cubism was developed in Prague fusing the Cubist architecture with round shapes. In their theoretical rules, the Cubist architects expressed the requirement of dynamism, which would surmount the matter and calm contained in it, through a creative idea, so that the result would evoke feelings of dynamism and expressive plasticity in the viewer.
This should be achieved by shapes derived from pyramids, cubes and prisms, by arrangements and compositions of oblique surfaces, mainly triangular, sculpted facades in protruding crystal-like units, reminiscent of the so-called diamond cut , or even cavernous that are reminiscent of the late Gothic architecture. In this way, the entire surfaces of the facades including even the gables and dormers are sculpted.
The grilles as well as other architectural ornaments attain a three-dimensional form. Thus, new forms of windows and doors were also created, e. The influence of cubism extended to other artistic fields, outside painting and sculpture. In literature, the written works of Gertrude Stein employ repetition and repetitive phrases as building blocks in both passages and whole chapters.
Most of Stein's important works utilize this technique, including the novel The Making of Americans — Not only were they the first important patrons of Cubism, Gertrude Stein and her brother Leo were also important influences on Cubism as well. Picasso in turn was an important influence on Stein's writing. The novel features narratives of the diverse experiences of 15 characters which, when taken together, produce a single cohesive body. As American poet Kenneth Rexroth explains, Cubism in poetry "is the conscious, deliberate dissociation and recombination of elements into a new artistic entity made self-sufficient by its rigorous architecture.
This is quite different from the free association of the Surrealists and the combination of unconscious utterance and political nihilism of Dada. Wallace Stevens ' " Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird " is also said to demonstrate how cubism's multiple perspectives can be translated into poetry.
It is almost impossible to exaggerate the importance of Cubism. It was a revolution in the visual arts as great as that which took place in the early Renaissance.
Its effects on later art, on film, and on architecture are already so numerous that we hardly notice them. Georges Braque , , Violin and Candlestick , oil on canvas, Robert Delaunay , —11, La ville no. Marcel Duchamp , , La sonate Sonata , oil on canvas, Guggenheim Museum , New York. Jacques Villon , , Girl at the Piano Fillette au piano , oil on canvas, Exhibited at the Armory Show. Pablo Picasso, , Arlequin au violon Harlequin with Violin , oil on canvas, x Published in Le Petit Comtois , 13 March Published in La Veu de Catalunya , 1 February Jean Metzinger , c.
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Their research abolished the idea of imitation of reality and made cubism a conceptual art form according to the formula invented by Guillaume Apollinaire (–). Picasso and Braque established a new relationship between reality and representation, between the essence and the concept.
Crystal Cubism is associated with Salon Cubism as well as with the works of Picasso and Braque. Crystal Cubism is part of the larger trend known as a "Return to Order" that was associated with artists in the School of Paris.
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Nowadays, Cubism seems like just another facet of abstract art, but in reality, it came first—and it directly influenced most of the abstract art of the 20th century. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to imagine the 20th century without Cubism, Picasso and the othersit would be a very different world of art than the one we know. Cubism research papers discuss the major artistic movement of the early 20th century that revolutionized painting and sculpture in Europe and gave birth to the avant-garde. Cubism research papers discuss the art movement that was one of the major art movements of the 20th Century.