After meeting in Paris in 1907, artists Picasso and Georges Braque together developed a visual language whose geometric planes and compressed space challenged the conventions of representation in painting. Although they were derided for paintings that one critic described as consisting of « little cubes », the artists used this vocabulary to articulate what they considered to be a modern vision for a modern century. Traditional subjects-nudes, landscapes, and still lifes-Were reinvented as increasingly fragmented compositions by Picasso, Braque and other artists working in and around the French capital. While Cubists abstracted their motifs, most works contain clues that identify the subject, whether it is a woman or a violin.
Georges Braque: Man with a Guitar 1911-12.
( Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, 1945 )
Pablo Picasso: Ma Jolie : 1911-12.
( Acquired Through The Lillie P. Bliss Besquest, 1945 )
This pioneering chapter of Cubism ended when many of its leading practitioners, Braque among them, enlisted to fight in World war I. Its influence extended to an international network of artists working in Paris in those years and beyond.
The Paintings are availabe in the Moma, 5th floor.