Definition of cubism in US English:



  • 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.

    Cubism was a reaction against traditional modes of representation and impressionist concerns with light and color. 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

    • ‘Later, the Jamaican artists began to incorporate artist movements like abstraction, impressionism and cubism into their works.’
    • ‘Picasso discovered cubism after seeing African masks, so the two artists share the same source of inspiration.’
    • ‘Pre-Columbian art's contribution to modernism fails to fit into the teleologically reconstructed development from post-impressionism, fauvism, and cubism to abstract expressionism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Analytical cubism is generally considered the early phase of cubism.’
    • ‘In music, atonality or the abandonment of rules of tonality, was the counterpart of cubism and surrealism in art and the functionalism of Bauhaus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From this painting stemmed what we now know as analytical cubism, cubism's first phase.’
    • ‘Apparent in her paintings are the influence of cubism, which employs geometric structure, and surrealism, and which uses fictional, sometimes abstract, subjects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A distinctive style of cubism combined with surrealism are what makes his paintings stand out from the crowd.’
    • ‘Avoiding the influence of Picasso's cubism in any form, O'Keeffe epitomized the independence of the American avant-garde.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For several years to come they were to explore together the possibilities of cubism.’
    • ‘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.’


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