As we do not see squares in nature, I thought that it is man-made. But I have corrected myself. Because squares exist in salt crystals, our daily salt. (Josef Albers)
No high-minded painter of the last fifty years has been able to come to terms with his art without coming to terms with the problem of cubism. (Darby Bannard)
- Cubism and Abstract Art, The Younger Generation, 1936...
The non-geometric biomorphic forms of Arp and Miro and Moore are definitely in the ascendant. The formal tradition of Gauguin, Fauvism and Expressionism will probably dominate for some time to come the tradition of Cezanne and Cubism. (Alfred H. Barr Jr.)
As a movement Cubism had consistently stopped short of complete abstraction. Heretics such as Delaunay had painted pure abstractions but in so doing had deserted Cubism. (Alfred H. Barr Jr.)
What greatly attracted me - and it was the main line of advance of Cubism - was how to give material expression to this new space of which I had an inkling. So I began to paint chiefly still lifes, because in nature there is a tactile, I would almost say a manual space... that was the earliest Cubist painting - the quest for space. (Georges Braque)
If I have called Cubism a new order, it is without any revolutionary ideas or any reactionary ideas... One cannot escape from one's own epoch, however revolutionary one may be. (Georges Braque)
If we had never met Picasso, would Cubism have been what it is? I think not. (Georges Braque)
Let them eat their fill of their square pears on their triangular tables! (Marc Chagall)
Until cubism, all art, all pictures, could be 'read' by anybody. If this hadn't been so, the Christian message wouldn't have been seen by peasants and its importance would have been diminished. (David Hockney)
Cubism was an attack on the perspective that had been known and used for 500 years. It was the first big, big change. It confused people: they said, 'Things don't look like that!' (David Hockney)
- The Cubist Poets in Paris: An Anthology...
Cubism is... a picture for its own sake.
Literary Cubism does the same thing in literature, using reality merely as a means and not as an end. (Max Jacob)
Cubism is like standing at a certain point on a mountain and looking around. If you go higher, things will look different; if you go lower, again they will look different. It is a point of view. (Jacques Lipchitz)
Cubism is fascinating to me. I love trying to figure it out. It's just a different way of seeing... I think there are many avenues that haven't been explored yet. (Robert Lyn Nelson)
When we discovered Cubism, we did not have the aim of discovering Cubism. We only wanted to express what was in us. (Pablo Picasso)
The goal I proposed myself in making cubism? To paint and nothing more... with a method linked only to my thought... Neither the good nor the true; neither the useful nor the useless. (Pablo Picasso)
Cubism came about because, in the process of analyzing form, something that lay in the form, a plane, could be lifted out to float on its own... (Joseph Plaskett)
-wife of Pablo Picasso...
If my husband ever met a woman on the street who looked like one of his paintings he would faint. (Jacqueline Roque)
I felt it necessary to evolve entirely new concepts (of form and space and paintings) and postulate them in an instrument that could continue to shake itself free from dialectical perversions. The dominant ones, cubism and expressionism, only reflected the attitudes of power or spiritual debasement of the individual. (Clyfford Still)