Cubism

Barbara J. Feldman

Cubism was an influential art movement of the early twentieth century, started by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque between the years of 1907 and 1914. It is considered the first abstract style of modern art, as it abandoned perspective and realism.

  • Artsy: Cubism4 stars

    "The Art Genome Project is an ongoing study to map the characteristics (known as 'genes') that connect the world's artists and artworks. There are over 500 genes including art-historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities." This gallery is about the cubism gene, and it defaults to organizing the artworks by artist. You can, however, switch to a view that shows all 155 cubism works by clicking on "Filter All Cubism."

  • Guggenheim: Cubism5 stars

    Click on any of the pictures for a curator's annotation, along with links to the artist's bio and gallery. For a brief history of cubism, click on the "More" link in the opening paragraph. "The advent of this style [cubism] marked a rupture with the European traditions, traceable to the Renaissance, of pictorial illusionism and the organization of compositional space in terms of linear perspective."

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: Cubism5 stars

    "The French art critic Louis Vauxcelles coined the term Cubism after seeing the landscapes Braque had painted in 1908 at L'Estaque in emulation of Cézanne. Vauxcelles called the geometric forms in the highly abstracted works 'cubes.'" The thumbnails at the top of the page can be viewed individually or as a slideshow. For more art history, explore the Related links below the pull quote in the middle of the page.

  • MoMA: Cubism5 stars

    "The first organized group showing by Cubists took place in a separate room, 'Salle 41', at the Salon des Indépendants in Paris in 1911; it included work by Fernand Léger, Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, Jean Metzinger and Albert Gleizes, but nothing by Picasso or Braque." For more on cubism, use the drop-down menu in the upper right-hand corner of the page. A handful of artwork from the MoMA's collection is shown here with a horizontal slider. You'll find more works by searching for "cubism" using the tool in the upper left-hand corner.

  • WikiPaintings: Style: Cubism4 stars

    With over 2430 images in their cubism gallery, WikiPaintings is the largest exhibit in this week's roundup. You can scroll through the slideshows organized by artist, or click directly on a thumbnail. Details (such as title and artist) popup in the left-hand corner. If they are obstructing your view, you can close them by clicking on the X icon. What's missing is any sort of introduction or history, but what you get is lots and lots of pictures.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "Cubism." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 29 Oct. 2013. Web. 3 Sep. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/cubism/ >.


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