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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 of cubism

< French cubisme (1908); see cube1, -ism
Related formscub·ist, nouncub·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of cubism

Historical Examples of cubism

  • Lately he has moved away from Cubism, but has not become less doctrinaire for that.

    Since Czanne

    Clive Bell

  • For the French have never loved Cubism, though Braque uses it beautifully.

    Since Czanne

    Clive Bell

  • That is one reason why I cannot think that there is any great future for Cubism.

    Since Czanne

    Clive Bell

  • Whatever its extravagance, Cubism remains a form of graphic art.

  • Then the writer reverted to art again and published a book on Cubism and one on Cubism and Futurism.

    Idling in Italy

    Joseph Collins

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
Derived Formscubist, adjective, nouncubistic, adjectivecubistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cubism

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cubism in Culture


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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