cubism

[kyoo-biz-uhm]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter) Fine Arts.
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

cubist, noun
cubistic, adjective
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cubism (ˈkjuːbɪzəm)
 
n
(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
 
'cubist
 
adj, —n
 
cu'bistic
 
adj
 
cu'bistically
 
adv

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cubism
1911, from Fr. cubisme, from cube (see cube), said to have been coined at the 1908 Salon des Indépendants in ref. to a work by Georges Braque.
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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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