Cubism definition

Cubism emerged in the year of 1907 in the city of Paris through the efforts of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso.  The movement embraced the idea of viewing objects in a new way: by breaking down subject matter and redefining it through multiple points of view at the same time.  The popularity of the movement grew as artists saught to find a new way to represent reality.  The first phase of the movement known as the Analytic phase tried to recreate objects as how the mind saw them – as opposed to the eyes.  The second phase, titled the Synthetic phase, sought to recreate objects in simple forms and brighter colors.  Key artists that continued to develop the ideas of Cubism include: Robert Delaunay, Francis Picabia, Jean Metzinger, Marcel Duchamp and Fernand Léger.