Analytic Cubism

Piano and Mandola

Between 1909 and 1914, step by step, Braque and Picasso launched a genuine aesthetic revolution. In this early phase, known as “Analytic Cubism”, color—deemed too anecdotal—is reduced to shades of green and grayish-beige. Forms are fragmented into facets and merge into the spatial continuum, without becoming completely abstract. The radically condensed subjects are only hinted at by the orientation of the planes and their sharp edges.