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ISBN 9783836505390

Oprawa: twarda, Format:  cm, Stron: 96, 2016 r., książka w języku angielskim 

Pioneered by Picasso and Braque, Cubism has been described as the first avant-garde art movement of the 20th century. With inspiration from African and Native American art and sculpture, its practitioners deconstructed European conventions of viewpoint, form, perspective to create flattened, fragmented, and revolutionary images.

Picasso’s celebrated painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is typically regarded as the original cubist work, with its radical fracturing of objects and figures into distinct areas, corresponding to multiple different viewpoints. Cubism thereafter developed two distinct trends: Analytical Cubism, which continued to interweave perspectival planes in muted blacks, greys and ochre, and later Synthetic Cubism, characterised by simpler shapes, brighter colors, and collage elements such as newspaper.

This book presents the prime protagonists of Cubism, with work from artists including Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Fernand Léger, Juan Gris, Albert Gleizes, and Robert Delaunay.


About the series

Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Genre series features:

approximately 100 color illustrations with explanatory captions

a detailed, illustrated introduction

a selection of the most important works of the epoch, each presented on a two-page spread with a full-page image and accompanying interpretation, as well as a portrait and brief biography of the artist


About the Author

Anne Ganteführer-Trier (b. 1965) studied art history, German literature and modern history in Bonn. From 1990-1996 she worked for the August Sander archive in Cologne, and as a research assistant at the Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne. A freelance curator and writer, she heads the Department of Photography at art auctioneers Van Ham Kunstauktionen. Her publications and exhibitions include contributions to Candida Höfer: Orte Jahre, Photographien 1968-1999; Zeitgenossen: August Sander und die Kunstszene der 20er Jahre im Rheinland; and Jeff Wall: Bilder von Landschaften.