Discipline: Art


This term was first coined by the French critic LOUIS VAUXCELLES in his 1908 review of an exhibition of paintings by Georges Braque (1882-1963).

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1906-1907) by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Braque's Nude (1907-1908) are now considered to represent the first paintings of Analytical Cubism (c. 1906-1909).

Continuing the experiments of French artist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) in pictorial analysis, picture space is kept shallow and objects are represented simultaneously from all angles, producing a faceted, cubic appearance. The later phase of this movement, Synthetic Cubism (c. 1912-1914), made use of papiers colles and other collage techniques.

The movement had far-reaching significance for 20th century art.

J Golding, Cubism: A History and an Analysis, 1907-1914 (1959)

Also See:

· rayonism


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