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

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 Marina Picasso and her son, Florian Picasso, who live in Geneva, hope to introduce their ancestor — one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and a pioneer of cubism — to the crypto trend sweeping the art world. Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2022 In the standard art historical narrative, cubism was pioneered in Paris by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, with less credit going to Juan Gris, a younger member of the group. John Zotos, Dallas News, 7 May 2021 Frankenthaler came onto the scene as part of a second generation of American abstract expressionists who had rejected traditional European painting styles and techniques along with the more recent developments of cubism and surrealism. Carol Strickland, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Mar. 2021 At moments of high emotion, her partitioning becomes disjointed and expressive, a robot cubism. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 2 Mar. 2021 Akin to cubism, the style dissects familiar objects into geometric forms and planes. Washington Post, 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, 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, 29 Aug. 2020 The Singer Laren's collection has a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism., 8 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of cubism

1911, in the meaning defined above

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