One of the most influential art movements (1907-1914) of the
twentieth century, Cubism was begun my Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1882-1973)
and Georges Braque (1882-1963) in 1907. They were greatly inspired by
African sculpture, by painters Paul Czanne (French-1839-1906) and Georges
Seurat (French, 1859-1891), and Fauvists.
In Cubism the artist will break apart the subject matter, analyze it,
and reassemble it in abstract form. This can produce some very strange and
intriguing images. It is very difficult to talk about Cubism without
talking about Picasso. I did some research into his life and found out
some very interesting things.
Picasso did not live the life I originally thought he did. I used to
believe that Picasso was an isolated suffering genius who wasn’t understood
by anyone. I had even heard he was a prodigy since the age of 3. Picasso
however, Picasso was indeed classically trained, and learned painting
techniques from his father. He learned how to paint in a traditional
style. It wasn’t until after he had learned the basics that he decided to
Cubism is a very striking style, and very easy to distinguish from
other styles. The forms are very stylized, and abstract. The composition
is usually very busy with many things going on at once. Cubism fascinates
me a great deal, the work of Picasso is simply stunning.