What is “Cubism”?

Cubism is an art movement which began in Paris around 1907 and became hugely influential in the period to the start of the first world war (1914) and thereafter.

It broke away from centuries of traditional painting by rejecting a single viewpoint and showing people and objects in multi-dimensions.  Cubist artists fractured their subjects into geometric forms and used multiple and contrasting perspectives in a single painting.

Created and led by:

Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)

Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963)



Pablo Picasso, Seated Woman, 1927

Georges Braque, Woman with a Guitar, 1913











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