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Cubist Head (Portrait of Fernande)
© Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2022. Photo credit: The Fitzwilliam Museum

Cubist Head (Portrait of Fernande) c.1909/1910

Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Generally acknowledged to have been the most significant movement in 20th-century art, Cubism was created by Georges Braque (1882–1963) and Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) in the period 1907–14. It abandoned the traditional fixed viewpoint which had dominated western painting since the Renaissance, and instead explored a multiplicity of viewpoints to develop an accumulated idea of the subject.

Text source: The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Art Terms (2nd Edition) by Michael Clarke


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