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Industrial Revolution

Early Modernism
Tradition be damned.

Early Modernism, Industrial Revolution
The Frightful Musicians, James Ensor

The Frightful Musicians

James Ensor, 1891
Flatiron Building, Neoclassicism

Flatiron Building

Daniel Burnham, 1902
Femme assise au bouquet de feuillage, Jean Metzinger

Femme assise au bouquet de feuillage

Jean Metzinger, 1905
Woman Leaning on Her Hands, Henri Matisse

Woman Leaning on Her Hands

Henri Matisse, 1905
Charing Cross Bridge, André Derain

Charing Cross Bridge

André Derain, 1905-1906
Le Bonheur de Vivre, Henri Matisse

Le Bonheur de Vivre

Henri Matisse, 1906
Childhood Group IV, Hilma af Klint

Childhood Group IV

Hilma af Klint, 1907
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Pablo Picasso

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

Pablo Picasso, 1907
Music (Sketch), Henri Matisse

Music (Sketch)

Henri Matisse, 1907
The Large Figure Paintings, No. 5 Group 3, Hilma af Klint

The Large Figure Paintings, No. 5 Group 3

Hilma af Klint, 1907
Diane Hunting, Marie Laurencin

Diane Hunting

Marie Laurencin, 1908
Group of Artists, Marie Laurencin

Group of Artists

Marie Laurencin, 1908
Seated Figure, Right Hand on Ground, Henri Matisse

Seated Figure, Right Hand on Ground

Henri Matisse, 1908
Self Portrait — 1908, Marie Laurencin

Self Portrait — 1908

Marie Laurencin, 1908
The Dessert: Harmony in Red, Henri Matisse

The Dessert: Harmony in Red

Henri Matisse, 1908

Every work of art is the child of its age and, in many cases, the mother of our emotions.

Concerning the Spiritual in Art — Part 1

Wassily Kandinsky, 1910

A first encounter with any new phenomenon exercises immediately an impression on the soul.

Concerning the Spiritual in Art — Part 2: About Painting

Wassily Kandinsky, 1910
L'Electricité, Natalia Goncharova


Natalia Goncharova, 1910
Nude Girl, Gwendolen Mary John

Nude Girl

Gwendolen Mary John, 1909-1910
The City Rises, Umberto Boccioni

The City Rises

Umberto Boccioni, 1910
Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor), Wassily Kandinsky

Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor)

Wassily Kandinsky, 1910
Bride with Fan, Marc Chagall

Bride with Fan

Marc Chagall, 1911
Composition 5, Wassily Kandinsky

Composition 5

Wassily Kandinsky, 1911
Gray Tree, Piet Mondrian

Gray Tree

Piet Mondrian, 1911
Romantic Landscape, Wassily Kandinsky

Romantic Landscape

Wassily Kandinsky, 1911
Watercolor 6, Wassily Kandinsky

Watercolor 6

Wassily Kandinsky, 1911
A Water Carrier and a Coachman, Marc Chagall

A Water Carrier and a Coachman

Marc Chagall, 1912
Improvisation 28 (second version), Wassily Kandinsky

Improvisation 28 (second version)

Wassily Kandinsky, 1912
Landscape, 47, Natalia Goncharova

Landscape, 47

Natalia Goncharova, 1912
Nude, Piet Mondrian


Piet Mondrian, 1911-1912
Composition 6, Wassily Kandinsky

Composition 6

Wassily Kandinsky, 1913
Composition 7, Wassily Kandinsky

Composition 7

Wassily Kandinsky, 1913
Composition in Blue Gray and Pink, Piet Mondrian

Composition in Blue Gray and Pink

Piet Mondrian, 1913
Composition in Grey Blue, Piet Mondrian

Composition in Grey Blue

Piet Mondrian, 1912-1913
Composition No. 3, Piet Mondrian

Composition No. 3

Piet Mondrian, 1912-1913
Femme debout à la capeline, Marie Laurencin

Femme debout à la capeline

Marie Laurencin, 1913
Mlle Pogany, Version 1, Constantin Brancusi

Mlle Pogany, Version 1

Constantin Brancusi, 1913
Nude, Marc Chagall


Marc Chagall, 1913
The Reader, Marie Laurencin

The Reader

Marie Laurencin, 1913
Composition No. 6, Piet Mondrian

Composition No. 6

Piet Mondrian, 1914
Composition No. 9, Piet Mondrian

Composition No. 9

Piet Mondrian, 1913-1914
Oval Composition with Light Colors, Piet Mondrian

Oval Composition with Light Colors

Piet Mondrian, 1913-1914
Pier and Ocean, Piet Mondrian

Pier and Ocean

Piet Mondrian, 1914
The Philosopher's Conquest, Giorgio de Chirico

The Philosopher's Conquest

Giorgio de Chirico, 1914
The Song of Love, Giorgio de Chirico

The Song of Love

Giorgio de Chirico, 1914
Turin Spring, Giorgio de Chirico

Turin Spring

Giorgio de Chirico, 1914
Two Sisters with a Cello, Marie Laurencin

Two Sisters with a Cello

Marie Laurencin, 1913-1914
Altarpiece No. 1 Group X, Hilma af Klint

Altarpiece No. 1 Group X

Hilma af Klint, 1915
Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco, Marie Laurencin

Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco

Marie Laurencin, 1915
Berlin Series No. 49, Marsden Hartley

Berlin Series No. 49

Marsden Hartley, 1914-1915
Next Movement
Symbolism, Modernism


A mystic search for meaning and psychological truth.


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