This edition: Into the Twentieth Century
Part 1. Introduction to the Twentieth Century
Part 2. Between the Wars
The avant-garde movement of Vienna and Paris produce art works that embody the experience of urban and modem life. The sensuous paintings of Klimt, the daring color of the Fauves, and the Cubist revolution prefigured in Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" demonstrate how artists seek to free themselves from the past and capture the modem spirit in the years before World War I. Modernism triumphs after the war, as seen in the French. Russian, Dutch, and German works of the Intentional style. The darker side of modem life is explored in such Surrealist works as Miro's "The Birth of the World."