One of the most influential art movements (1907-1914) of the twentieth century, Cubism was begun my Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1882-1973) and Georges Braque (1882-1963) in 1907. They were greatly inspired by African sculpture, by painters Paul Cézanne (French-1839-1906) and Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891), and Fauvists.

In Cubism the artist will break apart the subject matter, analyze it, and reassemble it in abstract form. This can produce some very strange and intriguing images. It is very difficult to talk about Cubism without talking about Picasso. I did some research into his life and found out some very interesting things.

Picasso did not live the life I originally thought he did. I used to believe that Picasso was an isolated suffering genius who wasn’t understood by anyone. I had even heard he was a prodigy since the age of 3. Picasso however, Picasso was indeed classically trained, and learned painting techniques from his father. He learned how to paint in a traditional style. It wasn’t until after he had learned the basics that he decided to branch out.

Cubism is a very striking style, and very easy to distinguish from other styles. The forms are very stylized, and abstract. The composition is usually very busy with many things going on at once. Cubism fascinates me a great deal, the work of Picasso is simply stunning.