The Cubist Epoch (2nd Revised edition)

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Cubism was one of the most important and influential movements in twentieth-century art. In the eight years between 1906 and 1914, Cubism - Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in particular - was to change the technique and form of painting, radically and for ever. Originating in Paris, the movement became a truly international force, and one with a profound impact on human visual experience. This book, illustrated with over 300 photographs, presents a vivid personal evocation of Cubism as a historic and aesthetic force.

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Kodanshi Helcarver

Sep 4, 2011

Cubist Epoch

The book has plenty of colour and B&W reproductions of Cubist paintings and sculptures, and gives a good history of the movement. On the plus side it mentions Georges Braque positively a lot. It contains many descriptions of works too.

On the negative side, Cooper has a very narrow idea of Cubism, and tends to berate a lot of Cubist works as ?not really Cubist?. Other works of a similar fashion by Picasso, Braque, Léger, or Gris are simply noted as ?Cubist in spirit?. Also, descriptions of works do not necessarily contain much analysis either.

So, a mixed bag. But worth reading.

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