Meaning of cubism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkjuːbɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • An early 20th-century style and movement in art, especially painting, in which perspective with a single viewpoint was abandoned and use was made of simple geometric shapes, interlocking planes, and, later, collage.

    ‘The early analytic cubism of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque sought to capture the essence of subjects in ‘simultaneous vision’ by eliminating point of view, distance and lighting.’
    • ‘Analytical cubism is generally considered the early phase of cubism.’
    • ‘By ‘Egyptian style’ Rousseau meant the elements of African tribal art that Picasso and other artists had assimilated when they developed the art movement known as cubism.’
    • ‘From this painting stemmed what we now know as analytical cubism, cubism's first phase.’
    • ‘Though the modern art movements of impressionism, cubism, expressionism and abstract art have influenced urban art, what we see is not a made-in-India version of Western art.’
    • ‘Pre-Columbian art's contribution to modernism fails to fit into the teleologically reconstructed development from post-impressionism, fauvism, and cubism to abstract expressionism.’
    • ‘A distinctive style of cubism combined with surrealism are what makes his paintings stand out from the crowd.’
    • ‘In music, atonality or the abandonment of rules of tonality, was the counterpart of cubism and surrealism in art and the functionalism of Bauhaus.’
    • ‘Abbreviated from a 1925 Paris exhibition, art deco was a mix of cubism, art nouveau and Russian ballet, with a fondness for strident colours and geometric lines.’
    • ‘The influence of the French avant-garde movements - surrealism, cubism, and so forth - is quite marked.’
    • ‘Apparent in her paintings are the influence of cubism, which employs geometric structure, and surrealism, and which uses fictional, sometimes abstract, subjects.’
    • ‘Later, the Jamaican artists began to incorporate artist movements like abstraction, impressionism and cubism into their works.’
    • ‘In cubism, geometrical forms and fragmentations are favored.’
    • ‘It is quite different from the shattered fragments found in the analytic cubism of his contemporaries Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.’
    • ‘Consider the distinctive compositions of pop artist Romero Britto, whose brilliant colors and whimsical themes flirt with cubism but remain true to the artist's personal style.’
    • ‘It's not pointillist, it's not cubism - it's just in-your-face, comic art.’
    • ‘Elements of surrealism and cubism, influences of the European avant-garde art movements of high modernism are all in evidence in this striking poem.’
    • ‘For several years to come they were to explore together the possibilities of cubism.’
    • ‘Picasso discovered cubism after seeing African masks, so the two artists share the same source of inspiration.’
    • ‘Avoiding the influence of Picasso's cubism in any form, O'Keeffe epitomized the independence of the American avant-garde.’

Cubism was a reaction against traditional modes of representation and impressionist concerns with light and colour. The style, created by Picasso and Braque and first named by the French critic Louis Vauxcelles in 1908, was inspired by the later work of Cézanne and by African sculpture


Early 20th century from French cubisme, from cube (see cube).