The main reason I keep this blog is not to inform my readers. (I only know of a couple of people who even read it...) It is simply a daily journal practice in which I store and sort through my ideas and discoveries. Today I am looking at the different types of cubism and how they developed.
ANALYTIC CUBISM, known for its subdued, almost monochromatic colors, was developed by Picasso and Braque in 1909-1910 and only lasted a couple of years. The example at left is titled Violin and Palette by Georges Braque. It is a good example of simultaneity, wherein specific parts of a violin are meant to represent the whole instrument from various points of view.
Braque said, "When objects shattered into fragments appeared in my painting about 1909, this for me was a way of getting closest to the object. Fragmentation helped me to establish space and movement in space."
SYNTHETIC CUBISM was also developed by Picasso and Braque. They discovered that through the repetition of "analytic signs" their work became geometrically simplified and flatter. This type of cubism soon contained collage elements such as newspaper and music scores.
"Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore."