Definition of cubism in English:



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.

    • ‘In cubism, geometrical forms and fragmentations are favored.’
    • ‘In music, atonality or the abandonment of rules of tonality, was the counterpart of cubism and surrealism in art and the functionalism of Bauhaus.’
    • ‘Pre-Columbian art's contribution to modernism fails to fit into the teleologically reconstructed development from post-impressionism, fauvism, and cubism to abstract expressionism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Picasso discovered cubism after seeing African masks, so the two artists share the same source of inspiration.’
    • ‘A distinctive style of cubism combined with surrealism are what makes his paintings stand out from the crowd.’
    • ‘The influence of the French avant-garde movements - surrealism, cubism, and so forth - is quite marked.’
    • ‘Elements of surrealism and cubism, influences of the European avant-garde art movements of high modernism are all in evidence in this striking poem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From this painting stemmed what we now know as analytical cubism, cubism's first phase.’
    • ‘Later, the Jamaican artists began to incorporate artist movements like abstraction, impressionism and cubism into their works.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For several years to come they were to explore together the possibilities of cubism.’
    • ‘Avoiding the influence of Picasso's cubism in any form, O'Keeffe epitomized the independence of the American avant-garde.’
    • ‘It's not pointillist, it's not cubism - it's just in-your-face, comic art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apparent in her paintings are the influence of cubism, which employs geometric structure, and surrealism, and which uses fictional, sometimes abstract, subjects.’
    • ‘It is quite different from the shattered fragments found in the analytic cubism of his contemporaries Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.’


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