Modernism History According to Carol


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

2 thoughts on “Modernism History According to Carol

  1. reuben May 11, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    Great self portrait. Is that recent?

  2. Carol Es May 11, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    Thanks Reuben! That was from 2002, so not so new. It’s called “Rejection.”

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