At a first viewing, a cubism piece may look like a static painting; a flat surface with no movement or motion. Looked at correctly, however, it's easy to see that these fractal pieces never stop shifting.
Cubism is all about lines. The curved lines of the train's smokestack shows the motion of the coal-fueled smoke. The same lines are repeated in the clouds which seem to be scuttling across the sky. Interestingly enough, it's the crossing lines of the track that makes the train appear to be moving forward. The slanting lines show the biplane's bid for altitude.
The triangular shapes perpetuate the sense of motion. The bird's triangle wings are spread in flight. The double triangles of the open beak eludes to it vocalizing. The bright colors are the perfect backdrop to the slashes of white lines that keep this painting in perpetual motion.
Cubism is about perspective. The repetition of the man's head at different perspectives presents the possibility of movement over time. He moves through different positions from leaning back to looking at his paper to staring the other way. The motion of the piece isn't in the writing of the hand, but the repositioning of the head.
Movement in art is not just about physical motion, it can also be about the way the eye moves across the page. This piece draws the eye out the window, first. The sharp lines of the cube and the vertical lines of the trees then pulls the viewer's perspective down to the jumble on the table. The saturation of the colors where the light hits contrasts with the de-saturation of the shadows helps to draw the eye down.
Both forms of movement are represented here. The line of bright light illuminates the path to the slanting lines of the falling shutter. The movement of the wind is indicated through the straight, white slashes against the sea of blue and the waving lines of the floating translucent clouds.
The bright blue panels catch the eye first. The vertical lines draws the sight down to the guitar; the horizontal lines encourages the viewer to the violin. This still life is far from still.
The snail-like swirl of the strip of wood grain takes us from the center of the table and circles us around to the outer edge. Cubism uses diagonal lines to create movement. Such are they used to make the glass appear to have fallen.
Color creates a sense of movement here. The woman's bright face nestled among all the dark blue sports the red slash of lips curling upward in an impish smile. The golden brown curls of her hair seem to bounce with energetic delight.
Cubism uses a lot of contrast of color saturation and hues to take the viewer on the proper journey. The shaft of light is like a spotlight that illuminates the bottle. As with other cubist pieces, the lines then direct the eyes like a highway directs cars.
The shape and lighter color of the center piece backed by the black shadow gives the illusion of floating. It grabs the viewer's attention before allowing the eye to move on. The guitar strings and lines shift us from one fractal piece of this puzzle to the next.
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