Dr. Kim Grant


About Dr. Kim Grant

Kim Grant is Professor of Art History at the University of Southern Maine. Her publications include All About Process: The Theory and Discourse of Modern Artistic Labor (Penn State University Press, 2017) and Surrealism and the Visual Arts: Theory and Reception (Cambridge University Press, 2005).


In the modern period artists recognized that the well-being of society and all its members were supported and enhanced by well-designed objects, buildings, and spaces.

A-level: Art Nouveau


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The distinctive qualities of Japanese art offered striking new approaches to modern artists developing alternatives to the Western tradition of naturalistic representation.

A-level: Japonisme



By observing nature more closely, absorbing new scientific theories and spiritual investigations, many modern artists sought higher truths.

A-level: Modern art and reality






The German Expressionist Emil Nolde was particularly explicit in linking himself to a Nordic tradition.

Expressionism as Nordic?



By observing nature more closely, absorbing new scientific theories and spiritual investigations, many modern artists sought higher truths.

Modern art and reality


Japonisme thumb
The distinctive qualities of Japanese art offered striking new approaches to modern artists developing alternatives to the Western tradition of naturalistic representation.

Japonisme



Art Nouveau artists and designers created a completely new style of decoration.

Art Nouveau



Symbolist artists embraced the spiritual significance of art while rejecting science and objectivity.

The Nabis and Symbolism


“Every word that is spoken and sung here says at least one thing: that this humiliating age has not succeeded in winning our respect.”

Dada Performance


For Bauhaus designers, beauty was achieved through careful choices of materials, proportions, textures, and colors for the functional features of the objects.

The Bauhaus and Bau




Derain used a liberated Fauve approach to color and form to depict female figures in an exotic setting.

André Derain, The Dance


The Neo-Impressionists prided themselves on bringing scientific rigor to the hitherto largely intuitive Impressionist project.

Neo-Impressionist Color Theory



Cubist sculpture challenged the European sculptural tradition in terms of form, media, and often subject matter.

Cubist Sculpture II