His Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) marked the beginning of analytic cubism
, the harsh intellectual style (also of Braque and Gris) in which decomposition of objects into geometric lines and contours is carried to an extreme (5).
In Moore's engagement with analytic cubism
, Leavell traces the development of specific technical forms and a stanzaic architecture which demonstrates Moore's fascination with spatial patterns, and especially the tension between stasis and flux.
So from 1908 through 1912-the years of Analytic Cubism
- the influence of African art became less directly apparent Or rather, the conceptual aspect of tribal image-making became quietly pervasive, as Picasso and Braque emphasized the invention of forms over and against the representation of objects.
Once Picasso and Braque inscribed stenciled letters in Analytic Cubism
's shallow space, the distinction between fine painting and commercial painting could be productively dismantled.
The progression from Analytic Cubism
to Synthetic Cubism is explained as well as shown in numerous images.-B.H.
The two explored this concept, called Analytic Cubism
, between 1907 and 1912.
(The fluctuating overlaps and transparencies of "developed" Analytic Cubism
were yet to come.) These sculptural qualities were so dominant in the majority of the works under review, in fact, that Picasso's venture into three-dimensions in Head of a Woman seemed not only inevitable, but the only logical next step.
The work not only figures in the first collages, thereby marking his departure from Analytic Cubism
, but was also the vehicle, within the collages, for the surfacing of an abstract constellation, marking the artist's departure from representation.
And cannot Picasso's move away from the color of the Blue and Rose periods towards the somber canvases of analytic Cubism
be read as a reaction against Matisse the great colorist?
This condition, Ortega explained, made a decisive appearance with Analytic Cubism
, a movement that lacked the "all-too-human"--it did not bespeak the great themes of human life, whether mediated by age-old narratives or not--and therefore could never be truly great, let alone of lasting appeal.