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.
- cubist, noun
- cub·is·tic, adjective
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How to use cubism in a sentence
He began painting what he would call “intuitive abstractions,” and “cosmic cubism.”
Weirdly, he mostly avoided cubism, even though he got wild Cezannes that foreshadow that movement.Philadelphia’s Reopened Barnes Foundation Puts Its Masterpieces in a Better Light | Blake Gopnik | May 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And above those hang two new oval canvases, clear and bold and crisp, as though they were clearing out cubism's fogs.
The next gallery offers rose-tinted portraits and a marked, pre-cubism dalliance with neoclassicism.
Instead, we get predictable gallery delineations (Blue Period, Rose Period, cubism) and surface-skimming biographical details.
It is an essentially beautiful and satisfying contribution to modern painting, this nacreous cubism of Marie Laurencin.Adventures in the Arts | Marsden Hartley
It was scarce two years since we first heard of "cubism" when the "Futurists" were calling the "Cubists" reactionary.Artist and Public | Kenyon Cox
Their designs include not only the traditional but also elements of modern art styles, such as cubism and abstraction.Area Handbook for Romania | Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
cubism is nothing but the extreme manifestation of this passion for order, for the complete organization of forms and colours.Since Czanne | Clive Bell
With cubism conscious stheticism holds the field, for the Cubist theory is, in the main, sthetic.Since Czanne | Clive Bell
British Dictionary definitions for cubism
(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, adjective, noun
- cubistic, adjective
- cubistically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for cubism
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