Picasso “The Reservoir, Horta de Ebro” (1909)

So for the next 6 weeks, I thought I would give you a very brief overview of some of the main styles of painting that were inspired by movements in history. 

My goal is not to delve too deep into the history part since you can find lots of information on the internet to help fill in the gaps. I just want to get your creative juices flowing. This can start with looking at what past artists have done. By mimicking their unique style, I am hoping you will be inspired to take their style and make it your own.

First up is Cubism. 

According to Wikipedia (, “Cubism is an early-20th-century avant-garde art movement that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired related movements in music, literature and architecture. Cubism has been considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century.”

Some famous artists you might know who initiated this stylistic movement were Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. It is an abstract form or art where the artist illustrates an object from multiple viewpoints and creates a new single composition based on piecing these viewpoints together into their artwork. 

It is kind of like putting a puzzle together but the pieces don’t actually look like they go in the proper place, kind of like drawing a collage. It is a new way of seeing and creating that is a complete contrast from realism. 

Here’s a great video on how to to draw in the cubist style

For an inspiration board of cubism please visit my Cubism Pinterest board.

Next week, we will take a look at Impressionism.