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REVISION CARDS - CUBISM

V. Ryan 2013

 

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CUBISM A DESIGN MOVEMENT

Cubism as an art movement became popular in 20th Century. It began in the art world with artists such as Pablo Picasso, through his abstract paintings and sketches. He reduced complex images to simple geometrical forms. This concept slowly spread to architecture and product design.
Products designed using cubist principles are often based on simple geometrical shapes, such as cubes


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CUBISM AND ARCHITECTURE


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Buildings based on cubist design principles are usually simple geometrical forms. An attempt has been made by the architect, to move away from traditional building shapes and forms. Doors and windows are in line and a simple colour scheme is applied. Modern building materials are used for the construction. Often, the interior of cubist buildings is divided up into square / rectangular spaces.
     
 
     

CUBISM AND FURNITURE

The furniture seen below, are all based on simple geometrical forms. The shape of a cube is the starting point for the designer. For this reason, cubist furniture is easy to identify.

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QUESTIONS
 
1. How did Cubism as a twentieth century art / design movement begin?              3 marks
 
 
 
 
 
2. List three characteristics of Cubist Architecture / buildings             3 marks
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Do you like cubist designs? YES / NO. Explain your answer.                 3 marks
 
 
 
 
 
 
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