A Closer Look at the JW Walls Abstract and Cubism Collection

JW Walls’ Abstract and Cubism art collection features works from some of the greatest cubist painters of the early 20th century. This blog post will take a closer look at some of these paintings and offer advice on how you can incorporate some of these lively and intriguing images as large-scale art murals for your interior design scheme.

What is Cubism?

Cubism was a revolutionary style of modern art developed by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques at the beginning of the 20th century. It started as a response to the many technological advancements of the era such as the telephone. Cubist artists set out to challenge the conventional way we look at objects, ignoring the traditions of perspective drawing and instead showing you the many different views of a subject simultaneously.

Characteristics of the movement therefore include geometric angles, lines, shapes and a flattened, two-dimensional perspective (referring to ‘analytical cubism’ which pre-dates 1912). In later cubist works, collage was featured (known as ‘synthetic cubism’) where things like actual sheet music was included in the image, rather than just represented in drawing.

Head of Germaine Raynal by Juan Gris 

Juan Gris was a Spanish painter who began to paint in the analytical cubist style around 1911. To create this image of the head of Germaine Raynal, Gris firstly studied her features from many different angles. He then pieced together the many fragments from the different vantage points and combined them into one image, in an attempt to break past the barriers of space and time. Gris also created works in the dynamic, synthetic cubist style and was a fan of bright and harmonious colours.

Fighting Forms by Franz Marc 

Franz Marc was a German painter and print maker who was fond of portraying animals in their natural environments in the cubist style of painting. His work is recognisable for its strong use of primary colours which he used to show a profound sense of emotion. He also attributed emotional meaning to the colours he used in his works, for instance, blue represented masculinity and spirituality, yellow represented feminine energy and joy and red was used to depict violence and conflict, as we can glean from the sweeping red strokes of his Fighting Forms piece pictured below.

Decorating with Art

Choosing one of these striking and classic paintings to use as a wall mural for your interior design scheme is an exciting undertaking and one that I’m sure you will be very happy with for years to come. However, to ensure that your master works is shown to its maximum potential, there are a few things you should take notice of when decorating with art.

  • Consider carefully a few of the key colours used in the piece and try to echo these shades with your furniture and soft furnishings in the rest of the room. However, by no means do your sofa covers have to exactly match the features of the painting, but they should at least complement the hues used in the piece, in order to tie the look of the room together.
  • To ensure that your wall mural gets the attention it deserves, place it on a feature wall i.e. a wall in your room which gets a lot of natural light from the windows and a place where furniture can be conveniently angled to view the image.
  • With large-scale images on walls it is a good idea to keep the rest of the room fairly neutral and uncluttered, to ensure that it does not end looking too ‘busy,’ distracting attention away from your beautiful wall covering.
  • Be mindful of where you place furniture along your feature wall. Try to avoid sticking items like shelves and flat screen televisions right in the middle of the composition. If you must include these items on the wall, ensure that they are placed in the negative space of the image, to make it feel more like a part of the room.
  • Glass or plexi furniture can work very well next to large scale wall murals, as their transparency can make the look of the room feel more dedicated to the great works you are displaying on your walls.
  • For more guidance on measuring your chosen wall for a large scale print, check out our useful measuring guide here.

If you have any thoughts or comments on the Abstract and Cubist works in the JW Walls wallpaper collections and how to make them work in a modern interior design scheme, do share with us your ideas in comments below.


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