Development of Cubism Term Paper

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Cubism is a form of art that reduces the dimensionality of the appearance of paintings from three to two. Rather than adopting the nuances of lighting, shadows and curve to "bring out" the painting, cubism aims to recreate and present a subject to the viewer into a collection of geometric shapes (the word "cubism" is a misnomer, since other geometric shapes are also introduced), such that multiple facets of a subject is visible to the viewer. It brings together views of the subject from different angles and perspectives and recreates or represents them in a two-dimensional setting. Cubism perhaps showed the first inklings of modern art -- a redefinition of reality.

Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were the forerunners in the creation of Cubism. Many variations on the theme followed later. Picasso and Braque were inspired to pursue cubism by later paintings of Paul Cezanne where he used squares or cubes to depict natural settings. The cubist movement as originally conceived by Picasso and Braque lasted approximately between 1907 and 1914, in Paris.

Cubism evolved into two primary types: Analytic cubism and Synthetic cubism.

Analytic cubism (between 1907 and 1912), involved an analysis of the natural form of the subject of a painting and then reducing it to basic shapes.

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In addition to sharp edges and squares, Georges Braques "Lady with Guitar" and Picasso's "Le Guitariste" shows a propensity to use cones, cylinders and spheres. Analytic cubism was also characterized by the lack of multicolor. Most Analytic cubism paintings were either in shades of gray, blue or ochre. Though both Picasso and Braque's cubism leanings flowed from Analytic cubism, Braque was its main proponent.

Eventually, Picasso moved to a more vibrant form of cubism -- Synthetic cubism (1912-1915). The evolution from Analytic to Synthetic cubism came about because of the stagnation of Analytic cubism.

The paintings became more abstract and the original subjects that inspired these paintings were not recognizable. Also, the style became so homogenized that there was nothing distinguishing each of cubism's followers.

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The paintings in Synthetic cubism are more colorful and represent a modern day collage.

The paintings represent a 3-dimensional construction process with each of the components still retaining their two-dimensional effect. The first Synthetic cubism painting was… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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