The Daring

A division of the Center
for the Study of Diagonality
in World Culture

Daring Diagonal Virtual Museum
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Cubism was not only an avant-garde art movement that came into existence in 1907 Paris, but it also inspired related movements in music, literature, and architecture. Cubism is a style of art where the subject is represented from a variety of vantage points. These diverse viewpoints use geometric shapes such as the square and triangle to communicate the fractured perspective. This method of essentially deconstructing the subject and recreating it from a variety of viewpoints allows the artist to better capture the subject, thus representing the subject in a greater context. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque first created Cubism in Paris, later to be joined by Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, and Fernand Léger.

The fractured, multi-perspective imagery fostered a freer geometric approach in architectural design. An early influence of the prismatic quality of Cubist geometry on building design is the 1912 facade of the La Maison Cubiste by Raymond Duchamp-Villon.


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