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Early Modernism

Tradition be damned.

Hilma af Klint

The world isn't ready

1862-1944

Wassily Kandinsky

How to paint music

1866-1944

Henri Matisse

100% artist

1869-1954

Anne Goldthwaite

Artist turns modernism into equal rights activism

1869-1944

Piet Mondrian

There is no God — only Truth

1872-1944

Umberto Boccioni

Why can’t I stop painting my mother?

1882-1916

Theo van Doesburg

Ending a friendship over diagonal lines

1883-1931

Sigrid Hjertén

A genius colorist fights schizophrenia

1885-1948

Marc Chagall

A painter of inner and outer worlds.

1887-1985

Giorgio Morandi

What if you only painted bottles for your whole life?

1890-1964
The Woman with a Hat

The Woman with a Hat

Henri Matisse1905
Pierre Matisse

Pierre Matisse

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
Le Bonheur de Vivre

Le Bonheur de Vivre

Henri Matisse1906
Music (Sketch)

Music (Sketch)

Henri Matisse1907
The Dessert: Harmony in Red

The Dessert: Harmony in Red

Henri Matisse1908
Seated Figure, Right Hand on Ground

Seated Figure, Right Hand on Ground

Henri Matisse1908
The City Rises

The City Rises

Umberto Boccioni1910

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
Gray Tree

Gray Tree

Piet Mondrian1911
Bride with Fan

Bride with Fan

Marc Chagall1911
Female Figure

Female Figure

Piet Mondrian1911-1912
Nude

Nude

Piet Mondrian1911-1912
A Water Carrier and a Coachman

A Water Carrier and a Coachman

Marc Chagall1912

Amrita Sher-Gil

A woman brings Indian tradition into modernism

1913-1941
Composition in Grey Blue

Composition in Grey Blue

Piet Mondrian1912-1913
Composition No. 3

Composition No. 3

Piet Mondrian1912-1913
Composition in Blue Gray and Pink

Composition in Blue Gray and Pink

Piet Mondrian1913
Composition No. 9

Composition No. 9

Piet Mondrian1913-1914
Oval Composition with Light Colors

Oval Composition with Light Colors

Piet Mondrian1913-1914
Composition No. 6

Composition No. 6

Piet Mondrian1914
Pier and Ocean

Pier and Ocean

Piet Mondrian1914
The Song of Love

The Song of Love

Giorgio de Chirico1914
The Philosopher's Conquest

The Philosopher's Conquest

Giorgio de Chirico1914
Pier and Ocean (Composition No. 10)

Pier and Ocean (Composition No. 10)

Piet Mondrian1915
The Poet Reclining

The Poet Reclining

Marc Chagall1915
Apples on a Table - Green Background

Apples on a Table - Green Background

Henri Matisse1916
Composition with Lines (Composition in Black and White)

Composition with Lines (Composition in Black and White)

Piet Mondrian1917
Composition with Colours A

Composition with Colours A

Piet Mondrian1917
Composition with Colours B

Composition with Colours B

Piet Mondrian1917
Purim

Purim

Marc Chagall1916-1917
Lozenge

Lozenge

Piet Mondrian1921
Composition with Blue and Yellow (Composition 1)

Composition with Blue and Yellow (Composition 1)

Piet Mondrian1925
The Terrible Games

The Terrible Games

Giorgio de Chirico1925
Composition in Black and White (Painting 1)

Composition in Black and White (Painting 1)

Piet Mondrian1926
The Two Masks

The Two Masks

Giorgio de Chirico1926
Composition with Red Yellow and Blue

Composition with Red Yellow and Blue

Piet Mondrian1927
Composition with Red Yellow and Blue

Composition with Red Yellow and Blue

Piet Mondrian1928
Broadway Boogie Woogie

Broadway Boogie Woogie

Piet Mondrian1942-1943
The Clown

The Clown

Henri Matisse1943
The War

The War

Marc Chagall1943
Victory Boogie Woogie

Victory Boogie Woogie

Piet Mondrian1943-1944
Icarus

Icarus

Henri Matisse1943-1944
The Soul of the City

The Soul of the City

Marc Chagall1945
Interior with Black Fern

Interior with Black Fern

Henri Matisse1948
Zulma

Zulma

Henri Matisse1950
Sorrow of the King

Sorrow of the King

Henri Matisse1952
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