Modern Art 1900-1945: The Age of Avant-Gardes

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While every century has had artists who rebelled, refusing to go along with traditional teaching, what happened during the early years of the 20th century was something far more serious—a rebellion of artists so vast and radical that it called into question the basic principles that until then had determined how art was made and used. Today's art historians refer to those years as the age of the avant-gardes, and in truth, nothing in the world of art has been the same since.

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2007 Hard cover New. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 399 p. Contains: Illustrations.

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Overview

While every century has had artists who rebelled, refusing to go along with traditional teaching, what happened during the early years of the 20th century was something far more serious—a rebellion of artists so vast and radical that it called into question the basic principles that until then had determined how art was made and used. Today's art historians refer to those years as the age of the avant-gardes, and in truth, nothing in the world of art has been the same since.

All the major artist of the period are covered, from Picasso to Hopper, Klee and Klimt to Kandinsky, Matisse, and Dalí, John Ford to Fritz Lang. The artists, historical events, and masterpieces interweave in a story that leads to the threshold of World War II, when once again the horizons of art were overturned.

Filled cover to cover with lush color images, Modern Art is an important document of the first half of 20th-century art. Each chapter is composed of an introductory text followed by a wealth of beautiful images of the most important works with in-depth descriptions. The book also includes biographies of all the painters cited, an essential tool for understanding the great artistic personalities of the age of avant-gardes. This book is a must-have for all art enthusiasts.

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While 1945 seems like the genuine end of an artistic era, it is odd to begin a consideration of modern art in 1900, as this would omit the 1880s and 1890s, universally seen as the moment of artistic change. Nonetheless, this is where Crepaldi, a director at an Italian auction house, begins his survey. Each of the more than 430 reproductions he presents, which include masterworks of all levels of recognition, many from Italian collections, is accompanied by brief stylistic and biographical notes; introductions averaging two pages long begin each chapter. While Crepaldi includes the art of standard masters like Picasso and Matisse (with some notable omissions, e.g., Arschile Gorky), he also features the work of less well-known artists such as Fernand Knopff and Mario Sironi. He focuses on European painting but also gives a nod to U.S. and Latin American painting as well as architecture and motion pictures. The striking graphic design distinguishes the book from others covering modern art. Suitable for public and academic libraries.
—Kathryn Wekselman

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  • ISBN-13: 9780061363122
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/9/2007
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 11.80 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gabriele Crepaldi, born in Milan in 1958, works at the Finarte-Semenzato auction house. He is currently director of the department of engravings and antique books and is secretary of Italy's national association of auction houses. He is the author of many articles and books about the arts.

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