Reflections on Cubism


It’s been said that Cubism was the first style of abstract art.

It came at the start of the 20th century, when telephones, airplanes, motor cars and other inventions heralded the arrival of a new age. Art needed a way to reflect the modernity of the new era and the changing human condition that came with it. Picasso and his peers had to break traditions that had served art for centuries.

It was also around this time that Einstein’s theory of relativity was gaining ground. It was a radical way of looking at reality that broke centuries of classical physics. What used to be seen as fixed, three-dimensional reality can be bent, stretched and compressed in space-time.

And so  Cubism broke the classical point of view of a single, fixed perspective and offered multiple points of view at once. Reality was bent, stretched and compressed in both science and art.

It’s been over a hundred years. What will the next technological revolution be – machines smarter than humans? And I wonder how art will move in tandem to usher this new world.


  1. I love your take on the Challenge. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Cubism and for your beautiful photograph. I wonder too, how art will respond to the many changes in our world. The last modern movement that resonated with me was Arte Povera from the late 60s & early 70s.

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    • Yes, Arte Povera, which was a reaction against modernism and hankered for reconnection with the past, the use of everyday materials in artworks – it’s an interesting response that can still resonate today.
      Thank you for sharing your views and comments and hope to continue this exploration here and in your blog too.

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