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Author: Aleisha Olson
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This lesson discusses the development of cubism, including the phases of analytic cubism and synthetic cubism, in the works of Picasso and Braque.

Notes on "Cubism"

Terms to Know


A 20th-century art movement characterized by qualities of abstracted figures and forms, overlapping planes and facets, and colors that are often muted browns or monochromatic tones.

Analytic Cubism

A technique of inventing shapes and characteristics that would symbolize an object or person.

Synthetic Cubism

A technique that incorporates the methods of "analytic cubism" but uses collage and actual overlapped materials to represent a metaphor for life and art.


A French word meaning "a pasting", it is artwork created by using the technique of layering unrelated scraps or fragments into a composition.



Image of Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Les_Demoiselles_d%27Avignon.jpg; Image of Braque, Violin and Candlestick, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Violin_and_Candlestick.jpg; Image of Picasso, Still Life with Chair-Caning, Photo by jmussuto, Creative Commons, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jam2005/4679500680/