As we begin to leave Vienna and the Secession Movement, we find ourselves confronting a new approach embraced by experimental artists regarding the process of fixing something into visual form. This new approach, called Cubism, may be best understood by the following words offered by French poet, playwright, novelist and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire: “The art of painting original arrangements composed of elements taken from conceived rather than perceived reality.” (Guillaume Apollinaire, The Beginnings of Cubism, 1912). Within this context offered by Apollinaire, what are your initial thoughts on Cubism?
Photograph of Guillaume Apollinaire
Photograph of Guillaume Apollinaire wounded in WWI