Module 5 20th Century Art Discussion

In this module discussion, we will be researching the art movements in the early 20th Century which changed everything in the world of art.

It is not possible to even begin to include many of the artists in modern art. Just because an artist is not here does not in any way diminish their important contribution to the history of art.

Students are required to research these early movements in modern art, using the two Lumen Art History Texts here:

Here are some of the important artists who contributed to the movement known as modern art.

See Chapters 12, and 13 in the Lumen Art History II Text.

Modernism in Europe and America, 1900 to 1945_
The early twentieth Century was a time of great change, and experimentation in the arts.

In this discussion , choose a minimum  of two of the movements below to research, and report to the class for response.

Try to imagine the shock and frustration felt by spectators who were used to traditional art, when they encountered work by Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Duchamp.

You should use Lumen Learning Texts above, and your own independent research to participate in this class discussion.

Any supplementary website in the module is not required for students to be successful in student learning outcomes.

Be sure to include citation  in your posts, so your reader can follow your link to an article, web site, or video. You can research the representative work, but should add a minimum of two more works in your chosen movement. 


Below is the movement, Fauvism, with the representative artist, Henri Matisse. You can research his Joy of Life, but should add two other Fauvist works of art. 


Henry Matisse     Joy of Life


Pablo Picasso   Demoiselles D’Avignon

There were many periods associated with Cubism, but the main two are early_Analytic, and later_Synthetic.

There were two artists working together in the birth of cubism, Pablo Picasso, and George Braque. Above is the groundbreaking Les Demoiselles D’Avignon by Picasso. 

Below is a later work by Georges Braque, The Portuguese:


Edvard Munch

Non-Objective Art

Cubism led artists close to total abstraction, or what we call Non-Objective art. But other artists went further, trying to create art that was not a scene from the real world, but an equivalence to music, or emotion.

 Kandinsky, Composition V

Piet Mondrian

Mondrian, Composition No. II

Piet Mondrian, Composition No. II, with Red and Blue, oil on canvas, 1929 (original date partly obliterated; mistakenly repainted 1925 by Mondrian). Oil on canvas, 15 7/8 × 12 5/8″ (40.3 × 32.1 cm), (The Museum of Modern Art) 

Malevich  Suprematism   White on White


Boccioni     Unique Forms of Continuity in Space

Abstraction in Sculpture

Constantine Brancusi    Bird in Space


Marcel DuChamp   


Frida Kahlo  

Jackson Pollock

Mark Rothko

Early Abstraction

Georgia O’Keefe