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Subject: Arts: Art & Artists

Art: Transatlantic Modernism Series

Art historian and author Wanda Corn (The Color of Mood; The Art of Andrew Wyeth; Grant Wood) examines the cultural dynamics that linked art circles in Paris and New York in the opening decades of the 20th century, focusing on painting, sculpture, art films, literature and the decorative arts. Produced Click for more

12. Paris: Apres la Guerre

12. Paris: Apres la Guerre

Avant-garde art in Paris changed radically after World War I, with its horrors of trench warfare and poison gas. France suffered in a way that New York could not understand. There was a new kind of realism or classicism after the war, and art became more conservative and tied to traditions. Two experimental films produced in the 1920s show the avant-garde aesthetic. Francis Picabia's Entr'Acte, seen in an earlier program in the series, shows the playfulness and humor of the New York Dadaists and their fascination with film as a means of scientific motion. A darker side, emphasizing death and violence, is expressed as well, showing lingering memories of World War I. Ballet Mechanique, a film with Cubist qualities, used specific movements and repetition to emphasize mechanical motion. Artists like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse reverted to more traditional modes of painting and worked against their own innovations and experimentation. In this way they referred back to what was great in a nostalgic attempt to re-create the pre-war days. 98/09DE SCA 60 min.

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