Themes of study of Modern Art in the first half of the 20th century

Throughout our study of Modern Art in the first half of the 20th century, several themes seem to repeatedly arise.

These themes are: 1) Use of primitivism in various art movements; 2) Exploration of Freud’s psychoanalytic theories; 3) The changing role of art and the influence of mass culture (i.e., art as commodity, links to commodity culture or mass production of art products); and 4) A new form of realism in response to political and social events occurring in the early 20th century (i.e. new, even possibly more abstract, ways of expressing real experiences, beyond Courbet’s realism).
For your final project you will be reexamining these four themes and searching for images that reflect each of them.

Choose one image for each theme and construct a portfolio (written and visual) that explains its relationship to the theme and determines its importance and impact on 20th century art. These images must come from the time period of 1900-1945




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