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Author: Erin Aldana
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Notes on "Cubism"

Key Terms


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 Credits

Matisse Joy of Life, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonheur_Matisse.jpg , Cezanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paul_C%C3%A9zanne_108.jpg , Les Demoiselles d'Avignon; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Les_Demoiselles_d%27Avignon.jpg, Buffalo mask, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bush_Buffalo_Mask,_early-mid_1900s,_Western_Sudan,_Burkina_Faso,_possibly_Bwa_people,_wood,_fibers_-_Cleveland_Museum_of_Art_-_DSC08709.JPG, Braque, The Portuguese http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/georges-braque/portuguese-1911, Braque, Violin and Candlestick, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Violin_and_Candlestick.jpg, Picasso, Still Life with Chair Caning, Photo by jmussuto, Creative Commons, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jam2005/4679500680/