Maurice de Vlaminck
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Henri de Toulouse - Lautrec
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Vincent van Gogh
Caspar David Friedrich
Kees van Dongen
Carl Julius von Leypold
Jean Francois Millet
Pierre Auguste Renoir
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
Luncheon of the Boating Party 1880-81
Self Portrait with Dada Head, 1920
Flowers in a Crystal Vase, c1882
The Lovers, 1928
View into a Lane 1914
Lozenge Composition with Red Grey Blue Yellow and Black 1924-25
Les Demoiselles d'Avignon 1907
I and the Village, 1911
Working Woman with Earing 1910
Nude Descending the Stairs No 2, 1912
The Apparition 1886
Te aa no areois (The Seed of the Areoi), 1892
On the Balcony 1872
River with a Distant Tower 1865
The Starry Night, June 1889
Portrait of Journalist Sylvia von Harden, 1926.
Madonna 1895 1902 reproduction after colour lithograph
Wanderer above the Sea of Fog 1818
Airplane Synchromy in Yellow Orange, 1920
Bride of the Wind 1914