Art History - Post WWI - Modern Art

Dadaism & Surrealism

"L.H.O.O.Q" - Marcel Duchamp 1919
"L.H.O.O.Q" - Marcel Duchamp 1919
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"Indestructible Object" Man 1923 Ray

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"Fountain" Man Ray 1917


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"Personage Throwing Stone at Bird" Joan Miro 1926

"Lovers II" Rene Magritte 1928
"Lovers II" Rene Magritte 1928



"Persistence of Memory" Salvador Dali 1931
"Persistence of Memory" Salvador Dali 1931
Post World War I and post Influenza Pandemic both Europe and the World in general were stunned at the tremendous loss of life. War deaths although horrible were somewhat understandable. It was the mysterious "Spanish Flu" that hit every continent in three different waves that terrified people. This deadly flu killed in 2-3 days with the death total well above 20 million victims worldwide.
After these two catastrophic events, people saw things in a different light. They looked to the teachings of Sigmund Freud and Freudian Psychology to understand the devastation that they had experienced. Others looked to scientific theories for comfort believing that standards of morality and art were not absolute. Traditional values of art, music, literature, & architecture were mocked or cast aside. The Roaring Twenties was a decade known for social change and rejection of the former traditional values of life before the Great War and Pandemic Flu.external image 244241.389flapper7.jpg