Definition of cubism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkjuːbɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Analytical cubism is generally considered the early phase of cubism.
  • 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.

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



Pronunciation: /ˈkjuːbɪst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • With the arrogant humility of an important young artist, he schooled himself in the most advanced art of his time - notably the work of Picasso and the cubists.
  • The French cubist painter Georges Braque once said that art is made to disturb, while science reassures.
  • The museum, featuring the works of artists like Matisse and Picasso, holds one of the largest collections of cubist, surrealist and abstract art.


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

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