African Art: The First Form of Cubism

With their vital sculptures and masks, African artists invented the aesthetics that would later inspire the so-popular Cubist styles. Their abstract and dramatic effects on the simplified human figure date far earlier than the most-celebrated Picasso and extend beyond the Cubism movement itself. African art’s influence reaches from Fauvism to Surrealism, Modernism to Abstract Expressionism, and even contemporary art.

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African Art: The First Form of Cubism


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