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Early Modernism

Tradition be damned.

18001950

Tradition be damned.

John Singer SargentPortrait of John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

Portrait Painter Extraordinaire

Marsden HartleyPortrait of Marsden Hartley

Marsden Hartley

Spirituality comes first, cult status second.

The Frightful Musicians

The Frightful Musicians

James Ensor1891
Flatiron Building

Flatiron Building

Daniel Burnham1902
The Woman with a Hat

The Woman with a Hat

Henri Matisse1905
Woman Leaning on Her Hands

Woman Leaning on Her Hands

Henri Matisse1905
Femme assise au bouquet de feuillage

Femme assise au bouquet de feuillage

Jean Metzinger1905
Charing Cross Bridge

Charing Cross Bridge

André Derain1905-1906
Le Bonheur de Vivre

Le Bonheur de Vivre

Henri Matisse1906
Music (Sketch)

Music (Sketch)

Henri Matisse1907
Childhood Group IV

Childhood Group IV

Hilma af Klint1907
The Large Figure Paintings, No. 5 Group 3

The Large Figure Paintings, No. 5 Group 3

Hilma af Klint1907
Diane Hunting

Diane Hunting

Marie Laurencin1908
The Dessert: Harmony in Red

The Dessert: Harmony in Red

Henri Matisse1908
Self Portrait — 1908

Self Portrait — 1908

Marie Laurencin1908
Seated Figure, Right Hand on Ground

Seated Figure, Right Hand on Ground

Henri Matisse1908
Group of Artists

Group of Artists

Marie Laurencin1908
Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor)

Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor)

Wassily Kandinsky1910

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 Kandinsky1910

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

Concerning the Spiritual in Art — Part 2: About Painting

Wassily Kandinsky1910
Nude Girl

Nude Girl

Gwendolen Mary John1909-1910
L'Electricité

L'Electricité

Natalia Goncharova1910
The City Rises

The City Rises

Umberto Boccioni1910
Bride with Fan

Bride with Fan

Marc Chagall1911
Gray Tree

Gray Tree

Piet Mondrian1911
Watercolor 6

Watercolor 6

Wassily Kandinsky1911
Composition 5

Composition 5

Wassily Kandinsky1911
Romantic Landscape

Romantic Landscape

Wassily Kandinsky1911
Improvisation 28 (second version)

Improvisation 28 (second version)

Wassily Kandinsky1912
A Water Carrier and a Coachman

A Water Carrier and a Coachman

Marc Chagall1912
Nude

Nude

Piet Mondrian1911-1912
Landscape, 47

Landscape, 47

Natalia Goncharova1912
Femme debout à la capeline

Femme debout à la capeline

Marie Laurencin1913
Composition 7

Composition 7

Wassily Kandinsky1913
Composition in Grey Blue

Composition in Grey Blue

Piet Mondrian1912-1913
Nude

Nude

Marc Chagall1913
Composition 6

Composition 6

Wassily Kandinsky1913
Composition No. 3

Composition No. 3

Piet Mondrian1912-1913
Composition in Blue Gray and Pink

Composition in Blue Gray and Pink

Piet Mondrian1913
Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest

Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest

Natalia Goncharova1911-1913
The Reader

The Reader

Marie Laurencin1913
Turin Spring

Turin Spring

Giorgio de Chirico1914
The Song of Love

The Song of Love

Giorgio de Chirico1914
The Philosopher's Conquest

The Philosopher's Conquest

Giorgio de Chirico1914
Composition No. 9

Composition No. 9

Piet Mondrian1913-1914
Oval Composition with Light Colors

Oval Composition with Light Colors

Piet Mondrian1913-1914
Two Sisters with a Cello

Two Sisters with a Cello

Marie Laurencin1913-1914
Composition No. 6

Composition No. 6

Piet Mondrian1914
Pier and Ocean

Pier and Ocean

Piet Mondrian1914
PAINTING NUMBER 49, BERLIN

PAINTING NUMBER 49, BERLIN

Marsden Hartley1914-1915
The Poet Reclining

The Poet Reclining

Marc Chagall1915
Pier and Ocean (Composition No. 10)

Pier and Ocean (Composition No. 10)

Piet Mondrian1915
Altarpiece No. 1 Group X

Altarpiece No. 1 Group X

Hilma af Klint1915
Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco

Marie Laurencin, Cecilia de Madrazo and the Dog Coco

Marie Laurencin1915
Tree of Knowledge No. 5

Tree of Knowledge No. 5

Hilma af Klint1913-1915
Umberto BoccioniPortrait of Umberto Boccioni

Umberto Boccioni

Why can’t I stop painting my mother?

1882-1916
Farm near Duivendrecht

Farm near Duivendrecht

Piet Mondrian1916
The Bridge

The Bridge

Natalia Goncharova1916
Apples on a Table - Green Background

Apples on a Table - Green Background

Henri Matisse1916
The Grand Metaphysician

The Grand Metaphysician

Giorgio de Chirico1917
Composition with Lines (Composition in Black and White)

Composition with Lines (Composition in Black and White)

Piet Mondrian1917
Purim

Purim

Marc Chagall1916-1917
Portrait of Nina Kandinsky

Portrait of Nina Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky1917
Girl in Profile

Girl in Profile

Gwendolen Mary John1918
The Archer

The Archer

Theo van Doesburg1919
The Fan

The Fan

Marie Laurencin1919
Study the Old, but Create the New

Study the Old, but Create the New

Varvara Stepanova1919
Buddhas Standpoint in the Earthly Life No. 3

Buddhas Standpoint in the Earthly Life No. 3

Hilma af Klint1920
Composition

Composition

Gwendolen Mary John1920
Rooftop and Pathway: View from the Artist's Studio

Rooftop and Pathway: View from the Artist's Studio

Gwendolen Mary John1920
Rooftop and Lane: View from the Artist's Studio

Rooftop and Lane: View from the Artist's Studio

Gwendolen Mary John1920
The Three Graces

The Three Graces

Marie Laurencin1921
Lozenge

Lozenge

Piet Mondrian1921
On White II

On White II

Wassily Kandinsky1923
Circles in a Circle

Circles in a Circle

Wassily Kandinsky1923
Untitled

Untitled

Wassily Kandinsky1923
A Negra

A Negra

Tarsila do Amaral1923
Composition 8

Composition 8

Wassily Kandinsky1923
Carnival in Madureira

Carnival in Madureira

Tarsila do Amaral1924
A Cuca

A Cuca

Tarsila do Amaral1924
The Terrible Games

The Terrible Games

Giorgio de Chirico1925
Yellow Red Blue

Yellow Red Blue

Wassily Kandinsky1925
The Two Masks

The Two Masks

Giorgio de Chirico1926
Several Circles

Several Circles

Wassily Kandinsky1926
Composition in Black and White (Painting 1)

Composition in Black and White (Painting 1)

Piet Mondrian1926
Archaeologists

Archaeologists

Giorgio de Chirico1926
The Painter's Family

The Painter's Family

Giorgio de Chirico1926
Composition with Red Yellow and Blue

Composition with Red Yellow and Blue

Piet Mondrian1927
The Archaeologists

The Archaeologists

Giorgio de Chirico1927
Composition: Horse and Figures

Composition: Horse and Figures

Arshile Gorky1928
La Cohorte Invincible

La Cohorte Invincible

Giorgio de Chirico1928
Urutu Viper

Urutu Viper

Tarsila do Amaral1928
Abaporu

Abaporu

Tarsila do Amaral1928
City (The Street)

City (The Street)

Tarsila do Amaral1929
Setting Sun

Setting Sun

Tarsila do Amaral1929
Postcard

Postcard

Tarsila do Amaral1929
Anthropophagy

Anthropophagy

Tarsila do Amaral1929
Cavalli

Cavalli

Giorgio de Chirico1930
Woman with Yellow Hair

Woman with Yellow Hair

Pablo Picasso1931
Theo van DoesburgPortrait of Theo van Doesburg

Theo van Doesburg

Ending a friendship over diagonal lines

1883-1931
Man in a Suprematist Landscape

Man in a Suprematist Landscape

Kazimir Malevich1930-1931
At the square in Cassis, 14th July

At the square in Cassis, 14th July

Sigrid Hjertén1932
Woman with Rake

Woman with Rake

Kazimir Malevich1930-1932
Lastångare Stadsgården

Lastångare Stadsgården

Sigrid Hjertén1934
Chalk Cliffs

Chalk Cliffs

Sigrid Hjertén1935
Lime Rock, St. Aubin

Lime Rock, St. Aubin

Sigrid Hjertén1935
Violet-Orange

Violet-Orange

Wassily Kandinsky1936
Dominant Curve

Dominant Curve

Wassily Kandinsky1936
Untitled

Untitled

Ad Reinhardt1937
Study for a Painting

Study for a Painting

Ad Reinhardt1938
Red Verandah

Red Verandah

Amrita Sher-Gil1938
Study for a Painting

Study for a Painting

Ad Reinhardt1938
Untitled

Untitled

Ad Reinhardt1938
Study for a Painting

Study for a Painting

Ad Reinhardt1939
Study for a Painting

Study for a Painting

Ad Reinhardt1939
Sombreness Sunlit

Sombreness Sunlit

Emily Carr1938-1940
Untitled

Untitled

Ad Reinhardt1940
Collage

Collage

Ad Reinhardt1940
Newsprint Collage

Newsprint Collage

Ad Reinhardt1940
Composition

Composition

Ad Reinhardt1940
Amrita Sher-GilPortrait of Amrita Sher-Gil

Amrita Sher-Gil

A woman brings Indian tradition into modernism

1913-1941
After Xhorkum

After Xhorkum

Arshile Gorky1940-1942
The War

The War

Marc Chagall1943
Broadway Boogie Woogie

Broadway Boogie Woogie

Piet Mondrian1942-1943
The Clown

The Clown

Henri Matisse1943
Water of the Flowery Mill

Water of the Flowery Mill

Arshile Gorky1944
Piet MondrianPortrait of Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian

There is no God — only Truth

1872-1944
Icarus

Icarus

Henri Matisse1943-1944
Hilma af KlintPortrait of Hilma af Klint

Hilma af Klint

The world isn't ready

1862-1944
Anne GoldthwaitePortrait of Anne Goldthwaite

Anne Goldthwaite

Artist turns modernism into equal rights activism

1869-1944
Victory Boogie Woogie

Victory Boogie Woogie

Piet Mondrian1943-1944
Wassily KandinskyPortrait of Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky

How to paint music

1866-1944
The Soul of the City

The Soul of the City

Marc Chagall1945
Old Chestnut

Old Chestnut

Luigi Russolo1945
Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya

Portrait of Lydia Delectorskaya

Henri Matisse1947
Number 43

Number 43

Ad Reinhardt1947
Sigrid Hjertén

Sigrid Hjertén

A genius colorist fights schizophrenia

1885-1948
Interior with Black Fern

Interior with Black Fern

Henri Matisse1948
Zulma

Zulma

Henri Matisse1950
Two = One

Two = One

Saloua Raouda Choucair1947-1951
Composition with a Circle

Composition with a Circle

Saloua Raouda Choucair1952
Sorrow of the King

Sorrow of the King

Henri Matisse1952
Composition with Vertical

Composition with Vertical

Saloua Raouda Choucair1953
Gradual Rythmical Composition

Gradual Rythmical Composition

Saloua Raouda Choucair1953
Henri MatissePortrait of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse

100% artist

1869-1954
Composition for Tapestry

Composition for Tapestry

Saloua Raouda Choucair1956
Winter Pool

Winter Pool

Robert Rauschenberg1959
Untitled (Remnant from 18 Happenings in 6 Parts)

Untitled (Remnant from 18 Happenings in 6 Parts)

Robert Rauschenberg1959
Chloe's Judgement

Chloe's Judgement

Marc Chagall1961
The Meal at Drya's House

The Meal at Drya's House

Marc Chagall1961
Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto

Wedding Feast in the Nymphs Grotto

Marc Chagall1961
Piazza d'Italia

Piazza d'Italia

Giorgio de Chirico1964
Giorgio MorandiPortrait of Giorgio Morandi

Giorgio Morandi

What if you only painted bottles for your whole life?

1890-1964
Night Creatures

Night Creatures

Lee Krasner1965
Yellow Body

Yellow Body

Robert Rauschenberg1968
Bande de Sureté / Twin City / Nipples

Bande de Sureté / Twin City / Nipples

Robert Rauschenberg1971
The Mute Orpheus

The Mute Orpheus

Giorgio de Chirico1971
Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

The man who ate the world's art

1881-1973
Glaze (Hoarfrost)

Glaze (Hoarfrost)

Robert Rauschenberg1975
Vow, (Jammer)

Vow, (Jammer)

Robert Rauschenberg1976
Alice NeelPortrait of Alice Neel

Alice Neel

The unblinking anxiety of modern life

1900-1984
Marc ChagallPortrait of Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall

A painter of inner and outer worlds

1887-1985

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