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Cubist painting is the pictorial expression of the artistic movement known as Cubism, originated in Paris in 1908, by Pablo Picasso. The second painter to adopt the style was Georges Braque, who, although considered one of the founders of Cubism, is really an early adopter of the style, just like Juan Gris.

  • "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon"

    This is the most important painting of proto-cubism, the primordial style. Painted by in 1907, France. Original title: Les demoiselles d’Avignon. It is currently located in the MoMA museum in New York....

Cubism remained active until 1918, it was a flash in history, a really short movement, but its importance went much further, contemporary styles throughout Europe such as Dada or Futurism (in Italy), were born as mimetic movements of Cubism. Later, styles such as Surrealism and most currents associated with Modernism, were fully soaked in its influence.

Pablo Picasso and his followers sought an absolute break with all vestiges of the classical norm in composition. Depth, the depiction of nature, and perspective began to transform.

The style developed in 2 well-differentiated phases, the first called analytical cubism, aimed to represent complex bodies in simplified versions, through fragmented masses into geometric figures. Around 1912, the second phase of the style began to manifest: synthetic cubism, which no longer even used figures with volume, but was fully committed to two-dimensional composition.

In the 1920s other artistic forces, such as Surrealism, began to gain importance, so it quickly disappeared.

Cubist paintings