The Expansion of Cubism, 1911-1920

June 28, 2019 to October 6, 2019

The Expansion of Cubism, 1911-1920

The Expansion of Cubism, 1911-1920 brings together painting, sculpture, and works on paper by pioneering Cubist artists such as Fernand Léger, Marie Laurencin, Jean Metzinger, and Max Weber, in an examination of the vibrant intellectual and artistic exchanges that helped define one of the landmark styles of Modern art. Though Cubism is often associated with the innovations of its founders Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, the two artists were far from alone in developing the aesthetic. Instead, a diverse and international group of painters, sculptors, printmakers, and theorists formed a robust community in Paris, making art that defined Cubism in expansive and challenging terms. As these artists created a revolution in picturing the world, they reacted to (and in some cases, against) Picasso and Braque as they sought new visual strategies to address their changing realities.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Top image: Marthe Donas (Belgium, 1885-1967) Still Life with Fruit (detail), circa 1918-1919, oil on canvas, 24 x 16 inches. Yale University Art Gallery. Gift of Collection Société Anonyme. © The Marthe Donas Foundation.


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