CUBISM: 20th century avant-garde art movement

March 16, 2011

OBJECTS – broken up/ analyzed/ re-assembled >>> in an abstracted form

Two famous artists pioneered the development of cubism, changing the direction of western painting and sculpture. Pablo Picasso’s name is well-known but not many people recognize the importance of George Braque. Both artists worked together to develop the new abstract art.  The new art movement interpreted objects in a ‘flattened, nearly two-dimensional appearance; an inclusion of geometric angles, lines, and shapes’. A cubist artist exams the objects from different angles to give the viewer a better understanding and interpretation of the material.

Fruit Dish - George Braque (1912 - oil and sand on canvas)

“Nowadays, Cubism seems like just another facet of abstract art, but in reality, it came first—and it directly influenced most of the abstract art of the 20th century.In fact, it’s nearly impossible to imagine the 20th century without Cubism, Picasso and the others. . .it would be a very different world of art than the one we know. ”  http://emptyeasel.com/2007/10/17/what-is-cubism-an-introduction-to-the-cubist-art-movement-and-cubist-painters/

Students spent time investigating Cubism and synthesizing the style and method into their own work. Darren R., an advanced senior art student, was successful in creating an artwork influence by the early cubist artists.

Studying the works of cubist artists, Darren R. developed an acrylic painting on canvas. "SAILING" (32 x 48)

Lesson  Planet – a search engine for teachers:  68 cubist painting lesson plans: http://www.lessonplanet.com/search?keywords=cubist+painting&media=lesson



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