Finding Geometrical equivalents for natural forms was the aim and motivation of the Cubism current, which was formed in the early 20th century. Refusing all the perspectives and true-to-the-eye illustrations of all angles, this underscores the thirst for the new and the wild, which drove the Cubist artists.
Discover with us 6 of the most confusing and mind bending Cubist paintings that ever exist !
Pablo Picasso “The weeping woman”, 1937
For Picasso the women were true machines of suffering and that was reason enough for him to paint a series of weeping women. Dora, his muse and inspiration is the figurative embodiment of “The weeping woman” and is considered as the last and most elaborated version of a repeated deformation and recomposition. The painting shows a crying woman who tries to catch her tears with a handkerchief. Shapes, colors and contours are clearly recognizable, and the painting is almost entirely complete to the (also amateur) viewer. Thus, an “easy” entry into the discovery journey of the, say, new definition of color and form!
Juan Gris “Violin and Checkerboard”, 1913
Juan Gris, also known as a visual poet and the incarnation of Cubism, developed special methods of rotation, translation and reflection to create his paintings.A good example to highlight this technique further would be his masterpiece “Violin and Checkerboard”.
The decorative attraction that emerges from the painting lets us quickly overlook the power of cubism, which represents the pictorial evolution of simple illustrations in form and color. In a very schematic way, the chessboard is embedded in the painting, as is the violin, which can be seen twofold. You can also try to look at the different color families for themselves to fully utilize the complexity. Because the danger of Cubism is to overlook details that are mixed among all the highlighted details.
Salvador Dali “Cubist Self-Portrait”, 1923
Famous for his surrealist work, Dali also tried Cubism in his young years. “Cubist Self-Portrait” is one of the results that shows his head embedded in a shaded background. There are fragments of a newspaper and cigar. The initial effect is reminiscent of a multi-mirror view and proves that Dali also had cubistic abilities.
Albert Gleizes “Les Joueurs de football”, 1912
The Frenchman Albert Gleizes was not just a theorist and philosopher, he was also a painter and co-author of the first theoretical thesis about Cubism, which tried to bring Cubism closer to the public. In order to look at the picture more closely, a first explanation of “French football” – before the First World War it corresponded to English rugby. The scene describes a match in the Parisian stadium and in the background a small bridge on which Gleizes met often with his artist friends. All the Cubist elements like square and round on the canvas are reunited to one of the most modern paintings of Cubism.
Jean Metzinger “La femme au cheval”, 1911
As a masterpiece of the history of German art at the beginning of the 20th century, this painting is a composition of pure geometry, a 360-degree perspective of natural elements. Some objects such as fruits, a vase and plants are clearly visible. A second level shows a woman and a horse that fuse together. Nevertheless, or just because of this fusion, the lady is still elegant and dignified.
Georges Braque “Woman with a Guitar”, 1913
Another father of Cubism is Georges Braque, whose work “Woman with a Guitar” represents the analytical branch of Cubism. Despite the foundation of confusion in Cubism, the contemplation of this painting creates an almost harmonious atmosphere. Reason for this perception are presumably the complementary colors, as well as the clear arrangement of the head and the guitar of the woman, which offer guidance to the viewer. Cubism has not set itself the task of presenting clear beginnings and endings of objects, and the suggested music notes let the viewer listen to what the woman plays on your guitar. A symphony for the eye and the ear at the same time.
Various artworks on Singulart consist of several layers that may not necessarily be comprehensive at a first glance. Discover the perspective universe of Roni Feldman, Olivier Anicet and Paweł Śliwiński.
For Roni Feldman viewing art should be an exploratory process. In his series ‘Age of Exploration’ he portrays famous explorers from history. Through his depiction of these figures he probes further into his own philosophy of painting; that The works become less about the known and very real painted subject but more about unexpected surprises and novelties the eye can discern within the image. Instead of merely glancing over the work, the viewer is enticed into this visual treasure hunt. Also the series ‘The Black Paintings’ is full of hidden details.
Olivier Anicet is a sculptural artist with as many facets as his works have colours and shapes.
Paweł Śliwiński , born in 1984, is a Polish painter, whose works explore a host of visual and psychological sources. In one moment Sliwinski’s canvas is harsh lines and almost cubist blocks of earthy muted colors. Yet in other works, we are immersed in a softer, almost surrealist dreamscape of abstracted curves and shapes swimming in hues of pastel.
If you are of the opinion that a change of perspective could also be helpful to you, take a look at our gallery and let turn your head!