Peter Wollen's Raiding the Icebox analysed a decorative modernism in Paris around 1910, exemplified by the textiles of Paul Poiret and by the Gesamtkunstwerk that was the Ballets Russes, setting them against histories dominated by analytical cubism
. Alexandra Harris's brilliant Romantic Modems charted another counter-movement, a 'passionate, exuberant return to tradition' among a loosely linked group of British writers and artists just before and during the Second World War.
The canvases downstairs, with a few exceptions, were redolent of Analytical Cubism
. This was true not only of the works' coloration--a subdued, at times nearly grisaille, palette of grays and earth tones--but also of their compositional approach, which was based on a concatenation of representational fragments in a shallow space.
Influenced by analytical cubism
, which is renowned for breaking objects and images into components, Mondrian pioneered reductive form and color, through an abbreviated pictorial vernacular.
"Pablo Picasso used to include details such as pipes or glasses in order to indicate that some of the portraits he did at the end of his analytical cubism
period were not in fact abstract," the English-translated version of the article reads.
In that book, Kern organized his history in terms of the categories of "time" and "space," along with sub-categories such as "distance," "speed," and "direction." These spatiotemporal abstractions seemed not only well suited to understand cultural phenomena such as the rise of the telephone, the establishment of the prime meridian at Greenwich, and the diplomatic failures that led to the onset of World War I, but also to account for the transformations in literary and artistic experiments with time and space, including stream-of-consciousness narration, analytical cubism
, and montage editing in film, to name but a few.
At this stage it became known as Analytical Cubism
. In a Cubist painting, the depth of the picture is shallow, and the depth of a picture is frequently compressed, so that it looks flat.
As a direct outgrowth of his "African Period" (Les Demoiselles d' Avignon of 1907) came Analytical Cubism
(1909-1912), from which sprung Synthetic Cubism (1912-1919), and an almost endless array of other, lesser known "isms" employed by art historians to further compartmentalise and analyse a career that, as it evolved, gradually came to defy analysis.
Color is monochromatic in Analytical Cubism
and much of Rahi's works show a restrained use of color.