What Is Cubism?

What Is Cubism?
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     challenging words:    painters, palette, modern, geometric, classical, unique, lasted, especially, cubes, lower, beginning, twentieth, artists, russian, interfere, view
     content words:    Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Saint Petersburg, World War II, Henry Matisse, Analytical Cubism, Later Cubist, Synthetic Cubism, Jacques Lipchitz

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What Is Cubism?
By Colleen Messina

1     Modern artists have used all kinds of shapes. Some artists liked dots a lot. They did paintings with thousands of them. Others liked cubes and other geometric shapes better. This style was called Cubism. Cubist artists looked at the world from a special point of view.
2     Cubism is unusual. The artist looks at an object carefully. He or she then recreates the object using geometric shapes. The artist might use cubes, cylinders, balls, and cones. He or she also tries to show the object from different sides at the same time. This style of art began in the twentieth century. But it didn't last long.
3     Pablo Picasso started Cubism. He was born in Spain in 1881. His father trained him in classical art. Picasso had talent. He never finished art school. He was very independent, and he wanted to find a whole new kind of art. It took him a while.

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