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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

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BUSSON, MARCEL: Der Djemaa el Fna in Marrakesch.
Nov 05, 2:00 PM CET
BUSSON, MARCEL: Der Djemaa el Fna in Marrakesch.
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF1,600- CHF2,400
CHF1,2000 Bids
COLOMBI, PLINIO ARMIN: "Murten - Morat".
Nov 04, 9:00 AM CET
COLOMBI, PLINIO ARMIN: "Murten - Morat".
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF100- CHF250
CHF1200 Bids
HUGENTOBLER, IWAN EDWIN: "Biel Bienne Concours Hippique 1971".
Nov 04, 9:00 AM CET
HUGENTOBLER, IWAN EDWIN: "Biel Bienne Concours Hippique 1971".
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF100- CHF150
CHF700 Bids
MÜLLER, JACOMO: "Leysin Suisse".
Nov 04, 9:00 AM CET
MÜLLER, JACOMO: "Leysin Suisse".
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF300- CHF500
CHF2400 Bids
NEBEL, OTTO: "Der bunte Knabe".
Nov 04, 9:00 AM CET
NEBEL, OTTO: "Der bunte Knabe".
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF600- CHF900
CHF4500 Bids
NEBEL, OTTO: "Der Mond im Manne bleibt unerforscht".
Nov 05, 6:00 PM CET
NEBEL, OTTO: "Der Mond im Manne bleibt unerforscht".
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF1,600- CHF2,400
CHF1,2000 Bids

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