Cubism and early abstraction

The School of Paris

In the center of the European pre-war art world, artists experimented with a variety of styles and media.

c. 1904 - 1939

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Amedeo Modigliani, <em>Young Woman in a Shirt</em>
Amedeo Modigliani, Young Woman in a Shirt

“Wearing” would be much too strong a word for this woman’s relationship to her shirt.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, <em>Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare</em>
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare

A pioneer of photojournalism, Cartier-Bresson used a portable 35mm camera which enabled him to capture moments like this.

Constantin Brancusi, <em>Bird in Space</em>
Constantin Brancusi, Bird in Space

When this traveled from France to the U.S. for an exhibition, customs agents couldn’t believe it was a work of art.

Constantin Brancusi, <em>The Kiss</em>
Constantin Brancusi, The Kiss

Brancusi retains the materiality of the stone, honoring it rather than denying it as past artists had done.

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