The Cubist Cosmos

From Picasso to Léger

Edited by Brigitte Leal, Christian Briend, and Ariane Coulondre

The Cubist Cosmos

Edited by Brigitte Leal, Christian Briend, and Ariane Coulondre

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

320 pages | 330 color plates | 9 3/4 x 11 1/2 | © 2019
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9783777432625 Published July 2019 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only

Widely considered the most influential art movement of the twentieth century, cubism revolutionized European painting and sculpture, challenging Renaissance depictions of space by depicting figures as dynamic arrangements of volumes and planes. Tracing the growth of cubism between 1908 and 1919, The Cubist Cosmos reveals the movement’s enormous stylistic range and its revolutionary potential for the art that would follow, as well as the way representatives of the avant-garde adopted and transformed its pictorial language.

In chronologically and thematically devised chapters, The Cubist Cosmos demonstrates how the influence of folk art, archaic sculpture, and the works of Paul Cézanne became increasingly evident in the paintings of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. As the book shows, crystalline and geometric elements began to appear in 1908, followed by the domination of cubism’s characteristic prismatically fragmented forms and an almost colorless austerity through 1911. The authors then follow this new pictorial language as it was taken up by artists like Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, and Henri Le Fauconnier, who expanded and displayed it in large formats in the salon exhibitions of the Paris art world.

Lavishly illustrated with more than three hundred color images, The Cubist Cosmos is sure to become one of the standard works on cubism.

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