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cubism

[kyoo-biz-uh m] /ˈkyu bɪz əm/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter) Fine Arts.
1.
a style of painting and sculpture developed in the early 20th century, characterized chiefly by an emphasis on formal structure, the reduction of natural forms to their geometrical equivalents, and the organization of the planes of a represented object independently of representational requirements.
Origin
< French cubisme (1908); see cube1, -ism
Related forms
cubist, noun
cubistic, adjective
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Examples for cubism
  • He started fragmenting and faceting the human figure, which eventually gave birth to cubism.
  • Her work embraces art history and draws on the major stylistic movements of our time, including cubism and surrealism.
British Dictionary definitions for cubism

cubism

/ˈkjuːbɪzəm/
noun
1.
(often capital) a French school of painting, collage, relief, and sculpture initiated in 1907 by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, which amalgamated viewpoints of natural forms into a multifaceted surface of geometrical planes
Derived Forms
cubist, adjective, noun
cubistic, adjective
cubistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cubism
n.

1911, from French cubisme, from cube (see cube (n.)), said to have been coined by French art critic Louis Vauxcelles at the 1908 Salon des Indépendants in reference to a work by Georges Braque. Related: Cubist.

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cubism in Culture

cubism definition


A movement in modern art that emphasized the geometrical depiction of natural forms (see geometry). Pablo Picasso was one of the leading cubists.

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