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Transition from Cubism to Minimalism

Transitionfrom Cubism to Minimalism


Transitionfrom Cubism to Minimalist

Tocomprehend how minimalism relates to cubism, we first have to defineCubism and how it came to being. Cubism as a painting technique wasdeveloped in the early 1900s. Cubism can be categories into twoforms one is synthetic cubism and the other is analytic cubism.Cubism reduced form into basic two-dimensional forms or plane. Cubismfocuses on form and shape in representing the conventional world.Cubism is a brain child of Picasso and Georges Braque’s paintingtechniques. Cubism was essentially the first form of abstract art. Itwas developed in response to changing times and the attempt to moveaway from contemporary traditions of western painting. It was aimedat reflecting the modern age of art. Smith portrays his artsprimarily using sculptors having transitioned from painting (Rewald,2014).

How Cubist Painter: Picasso influences Tony Smith as MinimalistArtist

Smithdeveloped his style of art at art students’ league in New York. Itis here where he started experimenting with variations of cubism andsurrealism (Saleh,&amp Elgammal, 2015).With time he developed his method of minimalism by focusing onsculptors. Cubism was aimed at representing 3d elements in a 2dplane. Smith, on the other hand, introduced 3d to cubism butmaintained geometric shapes used in the presentation. Cubism brokedown 3d elements to simple geometric shapes. Smith as well didsculptors using geometric shapes but minimally.


Fromthe brief description of cubism and how it began. We can clearly seehow it relates to smith’s form of art. Minimalism developed as a 3drepresentation of cubism. If we look at the history of Smith andPablo Picasso, it is interesting to see at the certain point of theircareer they drew inspiration from women. Both minimalism and cubismhave the element of abstract art although some art scholars argueminimalism to be a conceptual art.


Rewald,S. (2014). Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Cubism.&nbspTheMetropolitan Museum of Art.

Saleh,B., &amp Elgammal, A. (2015). Large-scale Classification of Fine-ArtPaintings: Learning The Right Metric on The Right Feature.&nbsparXivpreprint arXiv:1505.00855.