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cubism

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noun (sometimes initial capital letter) Fine Arts.
  1. 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
Related formscub·ist, nouncub·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cubistic

Historical Examples

  • Those whose criterion is prettiness are naturally attracted to Whistlerian and Cubistic modes.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning

    Willard Huntington Wright

  • The Eskimo are clearly not successes in a cubistic or saltatorial line, as I have had ample opportunities to observe.


British Dictionary definitions for cubistic

cubism

noun
  1. (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
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Derived Formscubist, adjective, nouncubistic, adjectivecubistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cubistic

cubism

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cubistic in Culture

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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