Cubism was an avant-garde art movement of the early 20th century that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired similar movements in music and literature.
In cubist artworks, objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in an abstracted form -instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to present the piece in a greater context. Often the surfaces intersect at what seems like random angles presenting no coherent sense of depth.
Picasso and his close friend Gorges Braque are credited as the main innovators of Cubism.
Picasso was a prolific artist - around 13,500 paintings, even more drawings than that, 2,500 original prints, 1,000 different ceramics, and 700 sculptures in other media.His works are often categorized in periods and each period is different in style and themes that the other.
Some of Picasso’s Famous Cubist Paintings
Dora Maar au Chat(Dora Maar with Cat) 1941
It is probably his most popular work. This painting was a condemnation of Nazi Germany’s bombing of Guernica,Spain. This aerial bombing killed an estimated 1600 people. It is a huge Oil Painting, and presents a scene of death,violence and brutality.
This potrait of his mistress with a small cat perched on her shoulder is a specimen his cubist style. Contrasting colors are used to aachieve outstanding special effects. No wonder that today its one of the worlds most expensive paintings.
Braque's large compositions incorporated the Cubist aim of representing the world as seen from a number of different viewpoints. He wanted to convey a feeling of being able to move around within the painting.