Cubism



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The Cubist Movement.

Cubism is the grandfather of modern painting. It's the art movement that changed the way we observe nature and totally revolutionized 20th century art. It was prominent in Europe between 1908 and 1919.

Before this period many artists emulated the natural order of their subject matter. Painting nature as it really is, but the Cubists developed a way of expressing all views of objects at the same time which created a very angular "cube like" picture. The natural order still existed but becomes distorted as the many views are expressed.

The cubists attempted to create a new visual language where paintings could be read. There is enough "tension" and connection between the natural subject matter and the picture plane for it to be recognisable and understood.

The first painting is by Pablo Picasso called Ma Jolie.The second is by Georges Braque called The Portuguese.They were both painted in 1911.



Analytical Cubism

Analytical Cubism is one of the two branches of Cubism. It was developed between 1908 and 1912. With a muted usage of color such as grey, blue and yellow ochre the Analysts concentrated on reducing subject matter into the simple forms of cylinder, sphere and cone.

Picasso and Braque developed this as the first form of cubism at this point they shared stylistic similarities as you can see from the pictures.

Synthetic Cubism

This is the second branch of Cubism created between 1912 and 1919 by Picasso, Braque and Juan Gris. This style includes the usage of oil cloth, newspaper and sheet music which were pasted on to canvas. The first inclusion of Collage in painting.

The painting above is by Picasso. It's called Still Life With Chair-Caning and is a good example of Synthetic Cubism.

Book review about cubism perception

This picture is of a really interesting book which ties mathamatics into cubist thinking by Mr. Tony Robbin. I love the idea of combining an art movement with scientific thought. I found this Book review by Paul Halpern Physicist and Writer; hope that it inspires you....... (If you are interested in finding out more click on this Amazon link Shadows of Reality: The Fourth Dimension in Relativity, Cubism, and Modern Thought )


Review by Paul Halpern:

An innovative thinker and a gifted artist, Tony Robbin filters the world of mathematics through the nuances of human vision, creating masterful representations of higher dimensions. His new book stands as a testament to his meticulous scholarship of the history of projective geometry, in mathematics, physics and art. It is a thoroughly enjoyable account of how the notion of finding shadows of the fourth dimension emerged in the 19th century, permeated modern art in the 20th, and now represents one of the frontiers of computer graphics in the 21st. Along the way, Robbin shows how projective geometry could provide the key to a quantum description of gravity. A must read, for the curious anecdotes, cutting-edge science, impressive array of references, colorful art, and insight into how we can perceive the seemingly imperceptible.



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