Modernists of Yesterday

During the late 19th century, a movement that asserted that it was necessary to break apart from all previous norms and traditions began to emerge. Especially with the popularization of such developments as the theory of relativity and the expansion of industrialization based on the internal combustion engine, it was argued that, if the nature of reality itself was called into question, and if limitations around human activity and life were falling, then art would have to radically change as well. Thus came in the 20th century a series of writers, artists, and musicians that set themselves apart from their predecessors.

The Eiffel Tower shattered the previous expectations on how tall a man-made object could be.

The Eiffel Tower shattered the previous expectations on how tall a man-made object could be.

Surrealists, like Renee Magritte, represented a part of the Modernist movement in Europe.

Treachery of Images: Surrealists, like Renee Magritte, represented a part of the Modernist movement in Europe.

Andy Warhol, one of the 20th century’s most creative, prolific and influential artists, defined a decade and a culture with his groundbreaking Pop Art. Initially a popular Manhattan commercial artist, Warhol achieved fame with his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, which revealed the beauty within mass culture.

Beethoven: Andy Warhol defined a decade and a culture with his groundbreaking Pop Art. Initially a popular Manhattan commercial artist, Warhol achieved fame with his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, which revealed the beauty within mass culture.

Meanwhile, young painters such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse were causing a shock with their rejection of traditional perspective as the means of structuring paintings—a step that none of the Impressionists, not even Cézanne, had taken.  These developments began to give a new meaning to what was termed Modernism: It embraced disruption, rejecting or moving beyond simple Realism in literature and art, and rejecting or dramatically altering tonality in music.

Le Guitariste: Pablo Picasso, who rejected traditional perspective as the means of structuring paintings, caused a shock in the art world. The Modernist movement put into momentum by such artists as Picasso embraced disruption and rejecting or moving beyond simple Realism.

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~ by stephanieec on April 5, 2009.

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