Sitting in a lecture on contemporary art, the tutor referred often to this diagramme, “Cubism and Abstract Art” created in 1936 by Alfred Barr, an American art historian, and the first director of MoMA in New York City.

Cubism and Abstract Art – explained in one page

Created by Alfred Barr, 1936. Image courtesy

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  • Alfred Barr on The Art Story Foundation (online). According to Wikipedia, Barr is known as “…one of the most influential forces in the development of popular attitudes toward modern art; for example, his arranging of the blockbuster Van Gogh exhibition of 1935…
  • Cubism as described by Tate’s Online Resources – “…a revolutionary new approach to representing reality invented in around 1907/08 by artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque who aimed to bring different views of subjects (usually objects or figures) together in the same picture
  • Abstract Art as described by Tate’s Online Resources – “…art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.