The Artists

Marc Chagall

Camille Pissarro

Suzanne Valadon

Maurice de Vlaminck

James Ensor

Berthe Morisot

Kazimir  Malevich

Jeanne Jacquemin

Edouard Manet

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Lucie Cousturier

Henri de Toulouse - Lautrec

Kathe Kollwitz

Jean Arp

André Masson

Henri Matisse

Gabriele Munter

Wassily Kandinsky

Henri Rousseau

Edvard Munch

Émilie Charmy

Yves Tanguy

Albert Giacometti

Joan Miró

Andre Breton

Piet Mondrian

Eugène Delacroix

Georges Braque

Gustav Klimt

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Mary Cassatt

Vincent van Gogh

Edgar Degas

Sonia Delauney

Andre Derain

Egon Schiele

Fernand Leger

Salvador Dali

Théodore Géricault

Caspar David Friedrich

Kees van Dongen

Otto Dix

Max Ernst

Jean Arp

Oskar Kokoschka

Carl Julius von Leypold

Claude Monet

Joan Miró

Paula Modersohn-Becker

Marie Laurencin

Pablo Picasso

Jean Francois Millet

Paul Gauguin

Pierre Auguste Renoir

Marcel Duchamp

Amedeo Modigliani

Paul Seurat

Constantin Brâncuși

Romaine Brooks

René Magritte

Georges Rouault

Franz Marc

Gustav Moreau

Gustave Courbet

Vincent Van Gogh

Art styles changed more quickly during the Modernist period than at any time before. Considering that most people were accustomed to recognisable art depicting religious iconography, classic or heroic tales, landscapes and portraits, it's not surprising that there were mixed responses to the avant-garde artists who sought to express both the inner and outer worlds in a different way, to piant 'art for art's sake' or experiment with colour, form and composition.

 

Below, you'll find some examples of art by artists painting this period, some of which you'll find 'easy on the eye' with other images being either less appealing, or less understandable. Please answer the introductory question about your response to these images, and then check back on your response when you've finished the program. Hopefully, even if your answer hasn't changed, you might have a greater understanding of why you have responded the way you have. The section on art terms and colour theory should assist you to recognise how the art has been constructed.

 

I have included many of the paintings which I first encounted through my own discovery of art through art appreciation programs - those that made me want to look twice, or to know more about the artist, or that created 'ah ha' moments. I hope you also discover many similar artworks in this program.

Examples of artworks covered in the program

Introduction to Modern European Art on-line art appreciation program.

 

Introduction to Modern European Art on-line art appreciation course.

 

Modern European Art on-line art appreciation program.

 

Modern European Art on-line art appreciation course

 

On-line art appreciation program

 

On-line art appreciation course

Pierre Auguste Renoir
Pierre Auguste Renoir

Luncheon of the Boating Party 1880-81

Sophie Taeuber
Sophie Taeuber

Self Portrait with Dada Head, 1920

Edouard Manet
Edouard Manet

Flowers in a Crystal Vase, c1882

Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas

L'Absinthe, 1876

Frantisek Kupka
Frantisek Kupka

Prisme, 1947

René Magritte.
René Magritte.

The Lovers, 1928

August Macke
August Macke

View into a Lane 1914

Piet Mondrian
Piet Mondrian

Lozenge Composition with Red Grey Blue Yellow and Black 1924-25

Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon 1907

Marc Chagall
Marc Chagall

I and the Village, 1911

Kathe Kollwitz
Kathe Kollwitz

Working Woman with Earing 1910

Marcel Duchamp
Marcel Duchamp

Nude Descending the Stairs No 2, 1912

Sonia Delauney
Sonia Delauney

Rhythm, 1938

Gustave Moreau
Gustave Moreau

The Apparition 1886

Paul Gauguin
Paul Gauguin

Te aa no areois (The Seed of the Areoi), 1892

Berthe Morisot
Berthe Morisot

On the Balcony 1872

Camille Corot
Camille Corot

River with a Distant Tower 1865

Van Gogh
Van Gogh

The Starry Night, June 1889

Otto Dix
Otto Dix

Portrait of Journalist Sylvia von Harden, 1926.

Edvard Munch
Edvard Munch

Madonna 1895 1902 reproduction after colour lithograph

Caspar David Friedrich
Caspar David Friedrich

Wanderer above the Sea of Fog 1818

Stanton MacDonald Wright
Stanton MacDonald Wright

Airplane Synchromy in Yellow Orange, 1920

Max Ernst
Max Ernst

Celebes, 1921

Paul Cezanne
Paul Cezanne

Still Life

Oskar Kokoschka
Oskar Kokoschka

Bride of the Wind 1914