cubism

[ kyoo-biz-uh m ]
/ ˈkyu bɪz əm /

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.

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Origin of cubism

< French cubisme (1908); see cube1, -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM cubism

cub·ist, nouncub·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cubism

cubism
/ (ˈkjuːbɪzəm) /

noun

(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 forms of cubism

cubist, adjective, nouncubistic, adjectivecubistically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for cubism

cubism

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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