cubism

noun, often capitalized
cub·​ism | \ ˈkyü-ˌbi-zəm How to pronounce cubism (audio) \

Definition of cubism

: a style of art that stresses abstract structure at the expense of other pictorial elements especially by displaying several aspects of the same object simultaneously and by fragmenting the form of depicted objects

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Other Words from cubism

cubist \ ˈkyü-​bist How to pronounce cubism (audio) \ noun or adjective, often capitalized
cubistic \ kyü-​ˈbi-​stik How to pronounce cubism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cubism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Akin to cubism, the style dissects familiar objects into geometric forms and planes. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Cutting, pasting and creating dazzling order out of chaos," 27 Nov. 2020 But the bigger part is Lawrence’s sense of pictorial rhythm — his own, wholly original adaptation of Picasso’s and Braque’s cubism. Washington Post, "Jacob Lawrence painted the public and private rhythms of a Brooklyn street," 18 Nov. 2020 Lots has happened since Rodin’s day, from cubism to Dada, abstract expressionism, and conceptual art to our time, when there’s something of an Old Master revival augmented by huge changes in the technology of art. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Timely Reminder in Dallas: Great Art Is Thrilling to Look At," 29 Aug. 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Bloomberg.com, "Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum Closed By Virus," 8 May 2020 Analysis shows Picasso progressed from using various African techniques, such as reversing concave and convex lines in a face or figure, to a reduction of figures to geometric shapes that led directly to cubism. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "The remarkable resurgence of Ben Enwonwu who was already Africa’s greatest contemporary artist," 3 May 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. Bloomberg.com, "Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum Closed By Virus," 8 May 2020 The museum houses the collection of American couple William and Anna Singer, with a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. USA TODAY, "Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch Singer Laren Museum in overnight heist," 31 Mar. 2020 The Singer Laren’s collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism, and cubism. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "Dutch museum says van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of cubism

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Cubism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cubism. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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