Monday, July 25, 2011

Early 20th Century

Henri Matisse, Harmony in Red

E.L. Kirchner, Artist With Model, German Expressionism

Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907

Pablo Picasso, Ma Jolie, Cubism

Wassily Kandinsky, Painting with Black Lines

Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, Dada

Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, Surrealism

El Lissitzky, "Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge!", poster, Russian Avant Garde

Walter Gropius and others, The Bauhaus campus, Dessau, Germany, Bauhaus

Piet Mondrian, Broadway Boogie Woogie

Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm, Abstract Expressionism


Henri Matisse
Die Brücke (The Bridge)
--E.L. Kirchner
Wassily Kandinsky
--Marcel Duchamp
--Salvador Dali
The Russian Avant Garde
--El Lissitzky
The Bauhaus
--Walter Gropius
Abstract Expressionism
--Jackson Pollock


Director Fritz Lang's 1927 epic movie Metropolis was history's first science fiction blockbuster.  Set in an immense city in the year 2026, the movie shows a struggle between exploited workers forced to live underground who their superiors regard as more disposable than the machines they toil over, and a privileged elite who live high above in the great city.  Though the movie was a huge hit throughout Europe, it was so expensive to make that even with sell out shows, the production company was forced into bankruptcy.  Metropolis is the grandfather of all the science fiction epics that come out every summer from Star Wars to Blade Runner to The Matrix to Star Trek.

Metropolis still has devoted fans around the world, and Kino-Lorber, the company that now owns it, is cracking down on YouTube postings of this movie.  So here is the official trailer for their new fully restored release of the movie from a few years ago.  You get a glimpse of a lot of the cool parts.

Twentieth Century art is an art of great expectations and great anxieties, and both of those come together in this spectacular movie.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Post Impressionism

Paul Gauguin, Vision After the Sermon

Paul Gauguin, Manao Tupupau (The Spirit of the Dead Watches)

Vincent Van Gogh, The Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh, Self Portrait

Paul Cezanne, Apples and Pears

Paul Cezanne, Mont Sainte Victoire

Edvard Munch, The Scream


Vincent Van Gogh
--Theo Van Gogh
Paul Gauguin
--decorative form
Paul Cezanne
Edvard Munch

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beginnings of Modern Architecture

Daniel Burnham, Monadnock Building, Chicago

Louis Sullivan, Carson Pirie Scott Store, Chicago

William Morris, Red House, Bexleyheath, UK

Victor Horta, Tassel House, Brussels, Belgium, Art Nouveau

Antonio Gaudi, Casa Mila Apartments, Barcelona, Spain, Art Nouveau

Otto Wagner, Postal Savings Bank, Vienna

Frank Lloyd Wright, Robie House, Chicago, Prairie Style House


Daniel Burnham
Steel Frame
Louis Sullivan
William Morris
--Arts and Craft Movement
Art Nouveau
--Victor Horta
--Antonio Gaudi
Otto Wagner
Frank Lloyd Wright
--Prairie Style House

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Photography and Impressionism

Louis Daguerre, Boulevard du Temple, photograph

 William Henry Fox Talbot, The Open Door, photograph (calotype)

Edward Manet, Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), Impressionism

Edward Manet, Bar at the Folies Bergere, Impressionism

Claude Monet, Boulevard des Capucines, Impressionism

Claude Monet, Haystacks, Impressionism

Claude Monet, Waterlilies, Evening Effect, Impressionism


Nicephore Niepce
Louis Daguerre
William Henry Fox Talbot
Charles Baudelaire
Edward Manet
--Salon des Refuses
Claude Monet
--Impressionist brush stroke
--chromatic palette


Francisco de Goya, "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters", etching from Los Caprichos

Francisco de Goya, The Third of May, 1808

Francisco de Goya, Saturn Devouring His Children

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Hannibal Crossing the Alps

JMW Turner, The Burning of the Houses of Parliament

John Constable, Lane in Suffolk

John Constable, The Haywain

Caspar David Friedrich, Monk By the Sea

Caspar David Friedrich, The Large Enclosure

William Blake, Albion Rose...

William Blake, page from Jerusalem

Theodore Gericault, The Raft of the Medusa

Theodore Gericault, Severed Heads

Eugene Delacroix, The Massacre at Chios

Eugene Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People

JAD Ingres, The Grande Odalisque

JAD Ingres, Madame d'Hausonville


Francisco de Goya
--Los Caprichos
Romantic Landscape
--the sublime
--JMW Turner
--John Constable
--CD Friedrich
William Blake
Theodore Gericault
Eugene Delacroix
JAD Ingres

Read Chapter 22


'O Welche Lust' (The Prisoners' Chorus from Fidelio) "O Freedom Freedom! Come to us again..."