MODERNISM DEFINED A roughly 100 year period beginning with Realism Courbet rejects the Academy Invention of Photography demands a new style of “truth” in painting Ends with WWII When modernists become disillusioned with the hopes and broken promises of Modernism Leads to Postmodernism!
M ODERNISMImpressionism and DadaPostimpressionism Cubism Abstract Surrealism Expressionism
M ODERNISM MOVES FROM A … Truth Centered World ofMeta- World IndividuationNarrative is a“little story”, 1. Existence of 1. Meta-narrativesbut it is one meta-narratives collapsethat explainshumanexperiences 2. God as creator 2. Individual is creatorthroughreligion, 3. Truth is absolute 3. Truth is contextualpoliticaltheory,historical 4. There is order to 4. Order is false; thediscourse the world world is disordered
E XAMPLES OF M ETA -N ARRATIVES LIGHT Pre-Modernism Modernism The Sun was created by God Light does not, in fact, exist The Sun (and so God) gives “Light” is my eyes’ us light perception of electric and Light is a symbol for life, magnetic fields divine So I am the Creator of “light” MODERN SCIENCE CHANGED Light will become a WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT modern symbol for the LIGHT individual
E XAMPLES OF M ETA -N ARRATIVES COLOR Pre-Modernism Modernism Color comes from natural Color does not, in fact, exist materials created by God “Color” is my eyes’ perception Colors can combine to create of electric and magnetic fields other colors to create the colliding with objects of illusion of reality different electric and magnetic makeup God is the creator, the artist is an imitator of God’s reality So I am the Creator of “color” Light is a symbol for life, divine Color will be used more subjectively, with more MODERN SCIENCE CHANGED consideration of the science of WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT color, and more emotionally COLOR
MODERNISMSome artists Focuses on the World of Individuationwill faceModernismwithconfidence—Monet.Other willface it withanxiety—VanGogh.