To understand the emergence of Modernism, the World Fairs that had a great influence on both Design and Art Movements, and movement away from realism.
Dr. Giuntini presents a lecture where she discusses modernity, popular culture, and the influence of the World Fairs.
Art History Unstuffed by Dr. Jeanne S. M. Willette have great Podcasts; they are also available through iTunes and can be listened to on your iPad
“Painting 1: Preface to the Avant-Garde”
There is some historical disagreement over when and where the avant-garde movement in the visual arts began. But it is clear that that the notion that changes in art come from the margins not the center came into existence and began to impact painting by the middle of the nineteenth century. What were the aesthetic and cultural conditions that made the avant-garde possible?
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The Avant-Garde Before the Great War
The decades of the fin-de-siècle period in Europe were fruitful ones, years of innovation and experimentation in painting. “Ism” followed “ism:” Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, German Expressionism, ended only by the Great War. New independent Salons and the burgeoning artist-dealer system provided new opportunities for cutting edged artists to show their work. Working experimentally, these artists developed a new language for a new art for a new century.
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Painting 2: Manet to Post-Impressionism
Although the Pre-Raphaelite artists initiated the artistic interest in contemporary urban life and the problems of modern people, the Parisian artists are given credit for learning how to express modernitéin formal terms. The French painters found the seventeenth century Dutch painters important precursors. Inspired by the depiction of ordinary moments of daily life among the middle class in Holland, the emerging avant-garde artists began to rethink, not just how to handle modern content, but also how to use paint itself so that their art could be “of its own time.” The result of this experimentation was an evolution of painting into the twentieth century.
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