Cubism is a form of modern art started around 1907 by the painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. It is a rather unique and different form of painting. Art historians consider Cubism to be the most influential form of art from the early 20th century. It's influence can still be easily seen in much modern art of today. Look through the following paintings by the artists below. When looking at the paintings, think about the following questions.

  1. What were they trying to paint?
  2. Why were their paintings so influential?
  3. Mondrian came after the Cubists and was heavily influenced by them. Can you see why?


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

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Three Musicians

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Guitar on a pedestal

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Still life

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The Italian Girl

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Woman in green

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Harlequin with violin

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Portrait of Wilhelm Uhde

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Portrait of Ambroise Vollard

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These are other famous Picasso paintings but not necessarily in the cubist style.


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The old guitarist

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Don Quixote


Georges Braque (1882-1963)

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Man with Guitar 

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Woman With Guitar

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Harbor in Normandy

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Musical Instruments

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Houses at L'Estaque

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Black Fish

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Juan Gris (1887-1927)

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Harlequin and Guitar

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Guitar and Music Paper

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Man in the Cafe

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Portrait of Picasso

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Open Window

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Pictures taken from Mark Harden's Artchive


Photographic Cubism


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