Masterworks Monday: The Cubists

4 Apr

 Sorry for the late post today– we’ve had some big things happening, so I’ve been a bit preoccupied.  More on that later!  For this week’s Masters Monday, we’re going a little more modern– enter Pablo Picasso and cubism.  Cubism is an early 20th century art movement that was begun by Picasso and Georges Braques in which objects were depicted from a multitude of viewpoints in a seemingly random fashion.

Juan Gris. Breakfast. (1914)

Breakfast by Juan Gris

For me, cubism was a quite a breakthrough while taking figure drawing classes in college.  Once figure drawing started clicking for me, ( it was horribly frustrating at first, but my professor at UNF, Paul Ladnier, told me that one day it would just “click” and it would be smooth sailing– I didn’t believe him until it actually happened that way! ) it was then that Paul suggested I try a little cubism.  That’s when things REALLY started to get more fun and interesting!  I loved exaggerating the planes and forms.

Pablo Picasso. Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier). Paris, late spring 1910

Girl With a Mandolin ( Fanny Tellier ) by Pablo Picasso

I realize Cubism isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for me, it was the introduction into a different way of seeing, a new perspective on how we look at the things we see.

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Read more about Cubism on MOMA’s website!

One Response to “Masterworks Monday: The Cubists”

  1. Kenneth Hamilton April 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm #


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