Analytic Cubism

“Analytic Cubism: The first phase of cubism, from about 1907 to 1912, under the powerful influence of Paul Cezanne, who in 1904 had advised treating nature ‘in terms of the cylinder, the sphere, and the cone.’ Analytic cubists reduced natural forms to their basic geometric parts and then tried to reconcile these essentially three-dimensional parts with the two-dimensional picture plane. Color was extremely subdued, and paintings were almost uniformly monochromatic.”

Excerpted from: Diamond, David G. The Bulfinch Pocket Dictionary of Art Terms. Boston: Little Brown, 1992.

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