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Modernism is an artistic style, also called Art Nouveau, that mainly developed between the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Although the word "modern" is synonymous with "recent," modernism refers to a limited time period, since the word is not used as an adjective, but as a proper noun.

Notable Artists

Plastic arts, architecture, and literature are the disciplines where modernism had a significant influence. In painting, the essence of the style was a notable break from any artistic canon existing up to that time.

To achieve this, new techniques brought about by the industrial revolution were leveraged, which for the first time allowed art to be replicated on a large scale: printing techniques and screen printing. These technologies themselves largely shaped the type of figures, colors, illustrations, and mixes that would characterize the style.

There is no unanimous agreement among academics on what should be classified as "modernist," with not a few authors including even impressionism and cubism as part of the movement.

Some examples of modernist paintings and posters, in the strictest sense, are:

  • "Tournée du Chat Noir"

    This is a poster used as an advertisement, installed in a nightclub named "The Black Cat," located in Paris. It is an emblematic work of the modernist aesthetic that would soon develop strongly in France.

  • "Champeonis" by .

    This is another example of the aesthetic cultivated in France, this work can be considered as a "classic" example of the style.

  • "Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow" by .

    Painted in 1930, though Mondrian is characterized with movements such as cubism and neoplasticism, the period during which he made his main contributions allows him to be classified as a modernist painter, at least during part of his career.

Modern Paintings
Modern Art

Painters considered modernists include Gustav Klimt and Pablo Picasso, here you can see some works:

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The Kiss, Klimt
The Kiss £134.00 GBP
Love and Pain, Munch
Love and Pain £134.00 GBP
The Empire of Light II, Magritte
Before the Masked Ball, Max Beckmann
Self-Portrait in Blue Jacket, Max Beckmann
Quappi in Pink Jumper, Max Beckmann
The Artist and His Wife, Max Beckmann
Family Picture, Max Beckmann
Family Picture £888.00 GBP
Dancing Bar in Baden-Baden, Max Beckmann
Self-Portrait in Tuxedo, Max Beckmann
Self Portrait as a Clown, Max Beckmann
Self-Portrait. Between the Clock and the Bed, Munch
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, Klimt
The Swamp, Klimt
The Swamp £134.00 GBP
Expectation, Klimt
Expectation £134.00 GBP
Fulfillment, Klimt
Fulfillment £134.00 GBP
Mada Primavesi, Klimt
Mada Primavesi £134.00 GBP
Portrait of Helene, Klimt
Water Serpents II
Water Serpents II £224.00 GBP
The Virgin, Klimt
The Virgin £323.00 GBP
Death and Life, Klimt
Death and Life £224.00 GBP
The Rest, Picasso
The Rest £134.00 GBP
Nude and Still Life, Picasso
Paris through the Window, Chagall
Birthday, Chagall
Birthday £134.00 GBP
White Crucifixion, Chagall
White Crucifixion £224.00 GBP
The Creation of Man, Chagall
The Blue Circus, Chagall
The Blue Circus £134.00 GBP
Houses at Vitebsk, Chagall
Houses at Vitebsk £134.00 GBP
The Grey House, Chagall
The Grey House £134.00 GBP
Self-Portrait, Chagall
Self-Portrait £134.00 GBP
The Madonna of the Village, Chagall
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