Cubism Cubism, one of the most important innovations in 20th-century art, was developed jointly in France by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. It represented an entirely new way of looking at and representing objects. Instead of depicting objects as if seen through a window—still and frozen in time—Cubists sought to present multiple, simultaneous views of their subjects, as if seen from all sides. True to the ideas behind Modernism, Cubists were interested less in capturing an object's appearance than using it as a springboard for artistic experimentation. Some of the artists on view in this gallery include Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Stuart Davis, and Fernand Léger.