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Writer Adam Gopnik discusses Cubism in 1913 Paris, considering it as a form of poetic realism, celebrating a civilisation on the point of suicide.

Writer Adam Gopnik sees Cubism, far from being a premonition of abstraction, as a new form of poetic modern realism, a way of capturing the syncopated, quick paced, ecletic mix of high and low that marks our civilization. Its tragedy, he argues, is that it captured that spirit just as the civilization it celebrated was about to commit suicide.

Producer: Sara Davies.

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Thu 21 Nov 2013 22:45

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