Cubism Abstration and Intellect

Cubism Abstraction and intellect

Cubism: 1907-20

Picasso, George Braque and Paul Cezanne were the inverters of Cubism, but before then in 1887 – 1906 people were doing some kind of cubism but this was unintentional. Picasso was the leader of the Cubism movement and held many of his meetings in his studios with other members of the movement. In this period it was easier for artists to exchanged ideas and theories such as, Photography, cinema autography, sand recording, telephone motor car and airplane. This changed painting a lot.

avignonThe Demoiselles d’Avignon was first shown by Picasso’s friends who were not very impressed and that Picasso felt that he let them down. This was a very different way at looking at people, the painting showed flesh, bone and heat. This links to the painting of the hill by Picasso looking at different angels and perspectives of view in one space. The squatting demoiselle with her broad back and splayed out legs must surely be derived from the figure at the right of the Three Bathers owned by Matisse, a work which Picasso must have seen. Picasso also could have been influenced by another painting, El Greco. The angular, and in the case of the three women at the extreme left and right of the Demoiselles, rather faceted appearance of the figure, and the heavy, chalky highlights found it certain part of the drapery could well have come from study of El Greco’s work. The closest prototype for this kind of painting of draped woman is to be found in Cezanne’s Baigneuses. The sketches for the Demoiselles on the other hand could suggest that Picasso was drown to Cezanne’s earlier romantic figure pieces. The sketches that Picasso did showed that he had 5 naked girls and 2 men encircled in group around still life’s of fruit and flowers. Picasso later explained in 1939 that the men were sailors who were enjoying the company of the women.

Cubism was a rejection on looking at one view point in a painting. Many of the work of cubism were influenced by African art in the way that a lot of the paintings of people were distorted. The work Ocular centrism mean the Cubism marks the end of the renaissance. During the period of 1912-20 the form was simplified and had collage and bright colours. Cubism was a way to challenge the viewer on what they were looking at. Cubism is a way of putting the art as the room rather than just a painting.

Simultaneity- That act f looking at one thing and taking it in many different viewpoints, like Braque works on the violin.

Rashomon – Film that got different views of what people saw.


From my own experiences of film I believe there are many filmmakers that are still using this technique of filming in many view point for one subject. The filmmaker, director Zack Snyder is a very well known for his epic fight scene’s and slow motion with instagram filters. I’m not a big fan of Snyder not because of the techniques he uses but from the way that he doesn’t show feeling or emotion through movement. In a lot of Snyder’s film he likes to get the viewer to look at many angels or views for a particular scene. An example of this the film “Batman Vs Superman Dawn of Justice” there is a fight between superman and doomsday, you get a close up of superman then the camera moves into a wide shot of the same action of them fighting. This scene gives thickness in the film. I use the word thickness in a way that you get a lot more information from making a signal shot than two different cuts. The motion on which the camera moves gives us an aware of the whole environment. The technique that Synder uses should give more information.  But the problem with this scene is that there is no indication of what is the reason or conclusion to fight, so the use of that technique doesn’t enhance the story but it just there to look good. Also the movement of the camera was to show the environment but all we get is a dark shades that gives us nothing to look at. So I think Snyder uses some elements of the cubism idea of Simultaneity only because of popularity or to enhance the action. This is a theory that I have come up with, not sure if anyone has compared cubism to Zack Snyder.


Cubism A History and Analysis 1907-1914 (John Golding)

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