What was 1920 s art like

Topics: Surrealism, Dada, Anti-art Pages: 15 (650 words) Published: January 31, 2015
What was 1920’s art
like?

By: Marisol Menendez and Libby Davis

Art Influences
• Art in the 1920’s
was mainly
influenced by two
movements: Dada
and Surrealism.

Dada Art
• Dada was an anti-art movement .
Anti Art painters rejected in
some way the conventional
artistic standards.
• It was born out of negative
reaction to the horrors of World
War I. It rejected reason and
logic, prizing nonsense,
irrationality and intuition. Many
Dada artist scattered across
Europe after Great War ended.
Dada’s aesthetic were marked by
its mockery of materialistic and
nationalistic attitudes.

Max Ernst
German painter, graphic artist, and poet

Murdering Airplane (1920)

John Heartfield-

He was a pioneer in the
use of art as a political weapon

• Whoever Reads Bourgeois
Newspapers Becomes Blind
and Deaf: Away with These
Stultifying Bandages!

War and corpses:  The Last Hope of the Rich

Surrealism and It’s influence
• Surrealism is a style of
modern art in which images
are based on fantasy and
the world of dreams.
Surrealistic Paintings
expressed dreams and
things without conscious
rational control
• Surrealist artist ignored
paintings events related to
war

“The Persistence of
Memory” Salvador
Dali

Rene Magrite-

This is not a pipe

The False
Mirror

Man Ray-

The
Misunderstoo
d

American Artist

La Fortune

The events of Modernism in 1920s and
how it influenced 1920s art
• It represented
Modernism, uniqueness,
innovation. Paintings in
the 1920s mostly
represented the painters’
feelings, perception and
creativity. Also it
represents certain daily
things like cities,
machines by imagery

Futurism
• Futurism celebrated advanced
technology and urban modernity.
Committed to the new, its members
wished to destroy older forms of
culture and to demonstrate the
beauty of modern life - the beauty of
the machine, speed, violence and
change.
• The Futurists were fascinated by the
problems of representing modern
experience, and strived to have their
paintings evoke all kinds of
sensations - and not merely those
visible to the eye. At its best,
Futurist art brings to mind all about
metropolis.

Art Deco
• There was a sense of
excitement in the air during
the 1920s. Technology was
improving the quality of life
as well as radio, the printing
press, the skyscraper and
modernized transportation.
It was during this time art
deco’s style began to move
to the big picture.

Famous Artists during 1920s

Maxifield
Parrish
Idealistic
American
illustrator
Know for neoclassical
imagery

Hans Arp

Salvador Dali
Spanish Catalan
Surrealist painter

German-French
Sculptor,
painter, and
poet

Max Ernest

Definition of topic
• The 1920’s art was a mixture of Art Deco,
Dada, Surrealism, Futurism, and
Modernism. The mixture of the styles
made people break boundaries and
created more thought provoking art to
truly express the time period and
themselves.

Impact
• The Surrealists developed techniques such
as automatic drawing, automatic painting,
decalcomania, frottage, fumage, grattage
and parsemage that became significant
parts of Surrealist practice.
• The surreal art allowed others to break the
boundaries and interpret their own
concepts during the time.
• Dada also influenced political thought,
visual art, film, literature, etc..

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• "Art, Music, and Literature of the 1920s." Art, Music, and Literature of the 1920s. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2014.
• Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 06 Dec. 2014. • "How to Really Understand Surrealist Art." About. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2014. • "MoMA Learning." MoMA. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.

• "MoMA Learning." MoMA. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2014.
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• "How to Really Understand Surrealist Art." About. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2014.
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• "Surrealism (1920s-1940s)." Scholastic Publishes Literacy Resources and Children 's Books
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