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The Greatest Famous Cubist Paintings

List of famous Cubism paintings, listed alphabetically with pictures of the art when available. The Cubism period was a cultural awakening in the art world, so it's no surprise it produced some of the most historic paintings in the history of the world. The works of art listed below are some of the most popular Cubism paintings, so most of the artist's names who created these works will be very recognizable. Renowned paintings from the Cubism period are showcased in museums all around the world, so save yourself an expensive vacation by simply scrolling through this list.

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    Guernica is a mural-sized oil painting on canvas by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso completed by June 1937. The painting, which uses a palette of gray, black, and white, is known as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history. Standing at 11 feet tall and 25.6 feet wide, the large mural shows the suffering of people, animals, and buildings wrenched by violence and chaos. The painting is believed to be a response to the bombing of Guernica, a Basque Country village in northern Spain, by German and Italian warplanes at the request of the Spanish Nationalist. Upon completion, Guernica was displayed around the world in a brief tour, becoming famous and widely acclaimed, and  ...more
    • Artist: Pablo Picasso
    • Subject: War, Spanish Civil War, Suffering
    • Genres (Art): Narrative art
    • Art Form: Painting
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    Les Demoiselles d'Avignon is a large oil painting created in 1907 by the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The work portrays five nude female prostitutes from a brothel on Carrer d'Avinyó in Barcelona. Each figure is depicted in a disconcerting confrontational manner and none are conventionally feminine. The women appear as slightly menacing and rendered with angular and disjointed body shapes. Three figures on the left exhibit facial features in the Iberian style of Picasso's native Spain, while the two on the right are shown with African mask-like features. The racial primitivism evoked in these masks, according to Picasso, moved him to "liberate an utterly original artistic style of  ...more
    • Artist: Pablo Picasso
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Cubism
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    Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 is a 1912 painting by Marcel Duchamp. The work is widely regarded as a Modernist classic and has become one of the most famous of its time. Before its first presentation at the Parisian 1912 Salon des Indépendants, it was rejected by the Cubists as too Futurist. Yet the work was exhibited with the same group at Galeries J. Dalmau, Exposició d'Art Cubista, in Barcelona, 20 April–10 May 1912, and subsequently caused a huge stir during its exhibition at the 1913 Armory Show in New York. The painting was reproduced in Les Peintres Cubistes, Méditations Esthétiques by Guillaume Apollinaire, published in 1913. Nude Descending a Staircase is in the Louise and  ...more
    • Artist: Marcel Duchamp
    • Subject: Stairs
    • Genres (Art): Abstract art
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Cubo-Futurism, Cubism
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  • Portrait of Picasso (1912) is an important early Cubist painting by Spanish artist Juan Gris.  ...more
    • Artist: Juan Gris
    • Subject: Pablo Picasso
    • Genres (Art): Portrait
    • Art Form: Painting
    • Period / Movement: Cubism
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