Cubism: The Art Movement
Cubism is an art movement that founded in the early 1900s now considered by many art experts to have been the most influential art movement of the 20th century. I know that it is a bold statement to give such a big title like that to Cubism, but I really believe this to be true.
For one thing, Cubism, which boils down three-dimensional forms to their two-dimensional essence, dominated not only visual arts like painting and sculpture, but other art forms like music, literature and architecture as well. Cubism also inspired other important art movements such as Futurism in Italy and Constructivism in Russia.
In addition, Cubism also possesses aspects that are very unique and distinctive in both technique and style. The objects in a Cubist artwork are broken up and put back together in a way that abstracts the object. For instance, if you take a look at the image above (a painting by Pablo Picasso titled Seated Nude), you can see fragmented pieces that create the form of what appears to be a human body–but there is no definitive sign of who or what it is. This abstract composition allows you to use your imagination. In Cubism, the artist does not depict a subject from one vantage point but rather from various viewpoints to create a synthesis of views.
The origins of Cubism are debatable and have led to much more discovery and different accreditation given to different artists. Although Pablo Picasso has been recognized as the voice of Cubism, Paul Cezanne is considered the primary influence that led to the movement and Georges Braque is considered to take precedence over Pablo Picasso as the movement’s founder. More importantly, the first organized Cubist group show, which was held at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris in the spring of 1911, did not include the work of any of these artists. Nevertheless, they are deemed the pioneers of the art movement.
All in all, Cubism is an art movement that I believe is worth exploring. To help you dive into the amazing world of Cubism, we have compiled a few artworks that we believe are worth experiencing in person. Be sure to share your thoughts about the Cubism art movement! If you really really like it, you can easily locate the places where you can find masterpieces with the Artsnapper Application.
Selected Artworks from the Cubism Art Movement
Artist: Pablo Picasso
Name: Les Demoiselles d’Avignon or The Young Ladies of Avignon (1881–1973)
Location: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City. Painting and Sculpture I, Gallery 2, Floor 5
The MoMA has one of the best art collections of modern art and is a museum that you must visit if you are ever in New York City.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art possess an impressive collection and to help you better experience the museum, we have put together a museum guide for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Please be sure to use it during you next visit.
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- Museum Guide: Visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art (artsnapper.com)
- Met gets dazzling Cubism collection (cnn.com)
- Leonard Lauder’s $1bn gift to Met gives new lease of life to cubism (guardian.co.uk)
- Cubism comes to the Metropolitan Museum (twocoatsofpaint.com)