Picasso, Cubism, Mondrian Term Paper by Nicky

A look at Picasso and Mondrian's contributions to cubism.
# 150673 | 1,009 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Mar 29, 2012 in Art (Artists) , Art (Fine Art) , Art (Other Mediums)

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This paper presents an overview of the artistic movement known as Cubism, highlighting its most famous artist, Pablo Picasso. In addition to describing Picasso and his contributions to this movement, the paper also notes how it impacted Pieter Mondrian's work. First, cubism is described as an artistic movement that was a radical departure from impressionism. Then it cites some of Picasso's most famous works and how they are particular to cubism. Next, the paper tells of Mondrian's life and work and the influence of Cubism on his painting. Various illustrations are found throughout the paper to further exemplify cubist works. The paper concludes by exploring Mondrian's search for emotional expression which resulted in his taking cubism to a new level.

From the Paper:

"Cubism, like most styles of art, music, and literature, is difficult to completely define. There are, however, some guides to it conception and styles. As an art movement, it was an off shoot of the works of Cezanne, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque during the early part of the 20th century. It was a radical departure from the impressionism and romanticism of the late 19th century, and inspired related movements in music and literature. While art scholars organize Cubism into three stylistic periods, the basic characteristics of the movement surround the way objects are deconstructed, analyzed, and reassembled - but not in portrait form, more abstract and interpretive. Objects are depicted from multiple viewpoints that, for the artist, represent the nature of the object in a more panoramic concept. At first glance, some of these objects seem to intersect randomly and have little signs of depth or perspective for the viewer. However, upon study, the background and intersecting planes create an additional spatial viewpoint, which is another cubist characteristic (Gantefuhrer-Trier, 2009). The title, "cubism," comes from the approach using various geometric shapes that, when combined, form an alternate reality of the image in question."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Biography and Works of Pablo Picasso." (2006). Cited in: http://www.pablo-ruiz-picasso.net/
  • Grantefuhrer-Trier, A. (2009). Cubism. Taschen.
  • Hannon, J. (2008). "Hip to be Square." Carnage Online. Cited in: http://www.carnegiemuseums.org/cmag/feature.php?id=86
  • Perry, G., et.al. (1993). Primitivism, Cubism, Abstraction. Yale University Press.
  • Scjifreoder. G. (1997). Mondria's Opening: The Space of Pain. Foucsing.org; Cited in: http://www.focusing.org/apm_papers/schuf.html

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