Tate webquest updating cubism
In 1911-12, many among the international community of artists drawn to Paris acknowledged Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque as the most radical.
Collaborating closely in their Montmartre studios, their analysis of the form of everyday objects was far more penetrating than the simple term ‘Cubism’ implied.
From 1909 to 1914, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso developed a detailed visual analysis of reality.
They began by unravelling the familiar world about them, depicting still-lives and figures.
The reconstruction of reality became evident as traces of the visible were gradually eliminated (especially around 1911), and illusory elements in collage and assemblage were introduced from 1912 onwards.Other distinguishing features of analytical cubism were a simplified palette of colours, so the viewer was not distracted from the structure of the form, and the density of the image at the centre of the canvas.In 1909 Georges Braque’s paintings were described as made of ‘little cubes’.It was at this moment that Severini urged Boccioni and Carrà to visit the Parisian avant-garde salons and studios.