The Comic-Cubist

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Role models and inspiration

Pablo Picasso was already impressed by Rudolf Dirks and other US American comic artists, and so there has always been an art-historical link between the comic strip and ‘Cubism’, which was celebrated as revolutionary.

Conversely, ‘comic-cubism’ without ‘cubism’ without Braque or Picasso would of course hardly be conceivable. Just as it would hardly have emerged without Disney, Uderzo or Charles M. Schulz. However, ‘comic cubism’ is visibly and clearly going its own way in our time. ditArdo is convinced that ‘comic-cubism’ will establish itself as a term and a genre closely related to pop art.
Roy Schwartz, historian and critic of pop culture, has described Picasso’s influence on Cubism as follows (original source: link)

Picasso’s revolutionary Cubism is considered the most influential art movement of the 20th century and earned him the nickname “father of modern art”. Its impact was so immense that it helped to inspire a host of other art movements around the world such as Futurism, Suprematism, Dadaism, Constructivism, Vortism, De Stijl and Art Deco.

But Picasso was also an avid fan of American comic strips, especially “The Katzenjammer Kids”, and this influence is obvious. If Cubism was the opening shot of modern art, comics gave him something of the “Bang!”

From an article by Roy Schwartz historian and pop culture critic
Picasso’s Comics: How Cubism Was Influenced by an American Comic Strip
Roy Schwartz is a pop culture historian and critic. His work has appeared in, New York Daily News, The Forward and Philosophy Now, among others. His latest book is the Diagram Prize-winning ‘Is Superman Circumcised? The Complete Jewish History of the World’s Greatest Hero.’ Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @RealRoySchwartz and at

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