from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A nonobjective school of painting and sculpture developed in Paris in the early 20th century, characterized by the reduction and fragmentation of natural forms into abstract, often geometric structures usually rendered as a set of discrete planes.

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  • n. An artistic movement in the early 20th Century characterized by the depiction of natural forms as geometric structures of planes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A movement or phase in post-impressionism (which see, below).

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  • n. an artistic movement in France beginning in 1907 that featured surfaces of geometrical planes


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From French cubisme. One story is that, in 1908, as a new canvas by Braque was being carried past, someone said, “Encore des Cubes! assez de cubisme!”. The quotations below ascribe the coinage to Matisse.



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