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Modern Paintings

Modern art is art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The movements of modern art – Political Realism, Futurism, and Abstract Expressionism – were nearly always linked with a political view. In general, modern thinking sought to refine everything to its essence; modern painting sought to distinguish itself from sculpture. It came to celebrate line, color, geometry, and the two-dimensional plane.

Modern art is the artistic expression that correlates with the Industrial Revolution. Working in the suburbs of Paris, the French Impressionists, resembling the countryside, often show a smokestack in the background. Modern art is also an expression of humanity’s hope that the machine age would end war – and the subsequent disappointment of the two world wars.

The Italian Futurists incorporated motion and machinery into their art, which they intended to herald a radical new future, completely free of the ancient and Renaissance past. After the wars, people turned to Abstract Expressionism for a spiritual experience.


Quick Facts

  • Alfred Barr articulated much of modern art history, distinguishing the various movements within it as "-isms"
  • Barr was the first director of the Museum of Modern Art, which is accordingly a pivotal resource for discovering and understanding modern art history
  • Today, as paintings sell at auction for millions of dollars, areas such as photography, lithography, and ceramics allow young collectors access to affordable works by modern masters

Recommended Items at Auction

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Raimund Girke – Ohne Titel
Nov 30, 6:00 PM CET
Raimund Girke – Ohne Titel
by Karl & Faber - Timed
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€2,2006 Bids
Walter Dahn – Sklavenschiff
Nov 30, 6:00 PM CET
Walter Dahn – Sklavenschiff
by Karl & Faber - Timed
Est: €2,000- €2,500
€1,6001 Bid
Klaus Rinke – „Squeezed Orange“
Nov 30, 6:00 PM CET
Klaus Rinke – „Squeezed Orange“
by Karl & Faber - Timed
Est: €1,500- €2,000
€1,2001 Bid
Otto Eduard Pippel – „Der Tegernsee vom Wallberg gesehen“ („Der Tegernsee vom Wallberg gesehen“)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Otto Eduard Pippel – „Der Tegernsee vom Wallberg gesehen“ („Der Tegernsee vom Wallberg gesehen“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,4000 Bids
Fritz Winter – „Horizontal“ („Horizontal“)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Fritz Winter – „Horizontal“ („Horizontal“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €4,000- €5,000
€3,5000 Bids
Bruno Müller-Linow – Hinterm Haus (Behind the house)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Bruno Müller-Linow – Hinterm Haus (Behind the house)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €3,000- €3,500
€2,4000 Bids
Josef Scharl – Zimmerleute (Carpenters)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Josef Scharl – Zimmerleute (Carpenters)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €16,000- €20,000
€14,0000 Bids
Max Peiffer Watenphul – Blumenstillleben mit Mohnstrauß (Floral still life with a bouquet of poppies)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Max Peiffer Watenphul – Blumenstillleben mit Mohnstrauß (Floral still life with a bouquet of poppies)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €12,000- €15,000
€12,0000 Bids
Arnold Balwé – „Das Achental“ („Das Achental“)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Arnold Balwé – „Das Achental“ („Das Achental“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €5,000- €7,000
€4,5000 Bids
Arnold Balwé – „im Gartenzelt“ („im Gartenzelt“)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Arnold Balwé – „im Gartenzelt“ („im Gartenzelt“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €12,000- €15,000
€11,0000 Bids
Hans Purrmann – Stehender weiblicher Akt (Standing female nude)
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CET
Hans Purrmann – Stehender weiblicher Akt (Standing female nude)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €40,000- €50,000
€40,0000 Bids
Hans Purrmann – Anemonenstillleben (Still life with anemones)
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CET
Hans Purrmann – Anemonenstillleben (Still life with anemones)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €50,000- €70,000
€50,0000 Bids
Herbert Gurschner – Sommerlandschaft (England) (Summer landscape (England))
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Herbert Gurschner – Sommerlandschaft (England) (Summer landscape (England))
by Karl & Faber
Est: €5,000- €7,000
€4,0000 Bids
Otto Modersohn – Unsere Felder (Our fields)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Otto Modersohn – Unsere Felder (Our fields)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €10,000- €12,000
€10,0000 Bids
Lesser Ury – Seinequai im Nebel (Quay on the Seine in the fog)
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CET
Lesser Ury – Seinequai im Nebel (Quay on the Seine in the fog)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €50,000- €70,000
€50,0000 Bids
Curt Ehrhardt – „Vertreibung aus dem Paradies“ („Vertreibung aus dem Paradies“)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Curt Ehrhardt – „Vertreibung aus dem Paradies“ („Vertreibung aus dem Paradies“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €4,000- €6,000
€4,0000 Bids
Julius Bissier – „Cista“ („Cista“)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Julius Bissier – „Cista“ („Cista“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €9,000- €12,000
€9,0000 Bids
Ernst Wilhelm Nay – Welle (Wave)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Ernst Wilhelm Nay – Welle (Wave)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €40,000- €60,000
€30,0000 Bids
Max Peiffer Watenphul – Stillleben mit Flaschen und Früchten (Still life with bottles and fruit)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Max Peiffer Watenphul – Stillleben mit Flaschen und Früchten (Still life with bottles and fruit)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €15,000- €20,000
€12,0000 Bids
Max Liebermann – Konzert in der Oper (Concert at the opera)
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CET
Max Liebermann – Konzert in der Oper (Concert at the opera)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €250,000- €350,000
€200,0000 Bids
Willi Baumeister – Linienfigur mit Farben (Line figure with colours)
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CET
Willi Baumeister – Linienfigur mit Farben (Line figure with colours)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €60,000- €80,000
€55,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Modern Paintings


Karl & Faber

Karl & Faber

Karl & Faber - Timed

Karl & Faber - Timed

Galerie Bassenge

Galerie Bassenge

Schneider-Henn

Schneider-Henn