It is clear that both African and pre-Columbian art have inspired the artists who created Cubism. For example, in Picasso his inspiration in African art is very strong. We cannot fail to notice the reminiscences of African drawings and their cubist sculptures.
It was the first vanguard that broke with all of the previous, giving a very different vision to the manifestation of a world and showing a totally new approach thereto.
The Girls of Avignon (Moma of New York) by Pablo Picasso, is an icon of Cubism. This work has been interpreted as the beginning of cubism. To the cubist sculptures one should also include Picasso’s self-portrait.
Another Spaniard, Juan Gris, developed a great pictorial work being referring in it to the beginnings of cubism. Although he did not specialise in the cubist sculpture.
All this took place in France (Paris) between 1907 and 1914. A period rich in breaking the forms and bonds of classical art, as they ware known until then. Although it is not until Picasso, that cubism becomes a world recognised movement, both in painting and sculptures.
In our Buysculpture art gallery, we can see our sculptor Miguel Guia, who set out to open the cubism window again. To achieve this, he modelled some great cubist sculptures at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries. These sculptures show a new cubism, without even stopping to drink from the same fountains that the first cubists drank in Paris.Less