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

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Lempicka, who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1898, grew up with a love for art, from Italian Renaissance paintings to the post-cubism work of French painters Maurice Denis and André Lhote. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Who is Tamara de Lempicka? Google honors Polish Art Deco artist," 16 May 2018 Artistic movements like impressionism, cubism, and naturalism reflected a growing distrust of the eye’s ability to see and know the world. Allain Daigle, The Atlantic, "How the 50-mm Lens Became ‘Normal’," 13 May 2018 Orchard’s style of cubism evokes the work of Pablo Picasso, but her vivid colors recall the effervescence of Henri Matisse’s canvases. Carolyn Twersky, The Cut, "Brooklyn Artist Depicts the Inner Lives of Women," 7 Feb. 2018 In her sensuous and colorful paintings, Tarsila do Amaral (1886–1973) synthesized major Parisian avant-garde movements like cubism with the colors, climate and folklore of her native Brazil. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Brazilian Artist Tarsila do Amaral Comes to New York and Chicago," 6 Oct. 2017 His paintings have rich colors and sharp geometry, Carter's own brand of cubism. Dan Rodricks,, "At Artscape, hot weather, cold drinks, winter hats," 22 July 2017 Like Picasso, Picabia was associated with cubism, an early 20th-century art movement that was all about deconstructing objects into their constituent lines and curves and then putting them back together in a slightly different way. Bill Morris, National Geographic, "Turning Images of Earth Into Abstract Art," 13 Jan. 2017 Case in point: Adam Lister and Isaac Budmen’s 8 Bits, 3 Dimensions, an ingenious mash-up of cubism, minimalism, and pop art—with a heavy Atari 2600 gaming vibe. Rene Chun, WIRED, "Ron Burgundy and Boba Fett, Rendered in 3-D Printed Pixels," 19 June 2014 The front lapel of a square monochrome jacket was cut to evoke Cubism — the side of a guitar, alongside a panel featuring a musical score. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Art mixes with the aquatic for Paris Couture Week," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of cubism

1911, in the meaning defined above

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