I’ve been wasting a LOT of time working on an art history experiment on one of the art forums I belong to. Yes, the very one I quit a while back.
I don’t know why I went back. I’m an idiot I suppose. I guess it’s because I’m absolutely addicted to talking about art in every way shape, form, blah, blah, blah, and I can’t find that outlet anywhere else. I tried to create a group or two on Google+ and I have tried to make my own forums in the past, but it’s just not the same as talking to a group of strangers from all over the world that don’t necessarily want to show their art. They just want to talk about art.
And it’s not that I won’t continue my Vision House/Google+ endeavor. I will! This other place just runs itself without me, so it’s easier to do it when I want, or when I don’t want. I guess that’s the difference. It doesn’t rely on me to keep it extremely active.
Anyway, there is this challenging thread happening there right now that takes a lot of work and I decided to make it a post on my blog. I can bore you with it here! Yaye!
It is taking me forever, however, and I’m not even close to being finished. It asks to pick out which artist and/or painting best exemplifies each decade of the the modernist/post-Modernist experiment to date.
So the original poster is asking what general characterization applies to your personal opinion/story, arc for each decade – explaining the steps along the way, from there to here.
I took this to mean to just pick the paintings, without having to explain. For each decade, I’d pick out my favorite pivotal pieces that changed art history towards Modernism – and not necessarily my favorite painting from each artist. Not even paintings by artists I even like!
That’s not easy. I had to look with a different, objective eye. Still, chose my favorite.
I picked paintings that came before other paintings I liked so much more. Many of these guys settled into styles that they later became known for, but when they painted these paintings – it was shocking and NEW. They changed the course of art history forever.
So here is the first installment from 1850 to 1920. I will do another installment of 50 years when I can.
Millet, The Gleaners, 1857
Monet, The Walk Woman with a Parasol, 1875
Degas, Stage Rehearsal, 1878-79
Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, 1884-1884
Toulouse-Lautrec, Abandonment (The pair), 1885
Van Gogh, Wheat Field with Cypresses, 1889
Munch, The Scream, 1893
Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, 1897-1898
Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907
Klimt. Hope II, 1907-1908
Matisse, Harmony in Red, 1908
Kirchner, Marzella (Franzi), 1909-1910
Braque, Violin and Candlestick, 1910
Chagall, I and the Village, 1911
Kandinsky, Farbstudie — Quadrate mit konzentrischen Ringen (Color study — squares with concentric rings), 1913
Modigliani, Jeanne Hébuterne, 1919
Klee, Twittering Machine, 1922