Sunday 6 September 2015

Early 20th century art at the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm

Museum of Modern Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
The museum has one of Europe's finest collections of modern and contemporary art.
The collection is organised chronologically with key works by Marcel Duchamp scattered around the various galleries in an attempt to show the influence this artist has had on modern art and art history. The first three galleries exhibit works from the early 20th century and this is what this post is about.

Edvard Munch, Portrait of the Danish Author Helge Rode, 1908

Edvard Muhc, Work in the Fields, 1918

Edvard Munch, Landscape, 1919

Henri Laurens, The Spanish Woman, 1939

Edvard Munch, Girl at the Bedside, 1916

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Marzella, 1909-1910

Wassily Kadinsky, Improvisation No. 2, Funeral March, 1908

Henri Matisse, The Snake-Like, 1909

Henri Matisse, Moroccan Landsape (Acanthus), 1912

Pablo Picasso, Femme, Boisgeloup, 1931

Pablo Picasso, Woman with Black Eyes, (Dora Maar), 1941-43

Pablo Picasso, Woman with Blue Collar, 1941

Jean Gris, The Man with the Violin, 1918

Jean Gris, Fruit Bowl on a Blue Cloth, 1916

Amedeo Modigliani, Woman in a Blue Dress, Seated, 1917-1919

Constantin Brancusi, The Newborn II, 1919-1921

Juan Gris, Landscape from Ceret, 1913

Juan Gris, La Chope, 1913

Henri Laurens, The Clown, 1915

Fernand Leger, The Staircase, 1914

Albert Gleizes, The Harbour (sketch for Fishing Boats), 1913

Pablo Picasso, Bottle, Glass and Violin, 1912-1913

Georges Braque, Still Life with Violin, 1911


Siri Derkert, Self-Portrait, 1915

Georges Braque, The Fruit Bowl, 1908

Georges Braque, The Castle at Roche-Guyon, 1908

Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman (Fernande), 1910

Man Ray, Lampshade

Man Ray, Transmutation (Theatre), 1916


Kurt Schwitters, The Worker Picture, 1919

Marcel Duchamp, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, 1915-1923

There is another copy of this work in the next room that is dedicated to Marcel Duchamp's work, and some of his works keep 're-appearing' in other galleries further along in order to emphasize the influence of this artist in the body of 20th century Western art.

Man Ray, Obstruction, 1920/61

Man Ray, Indestructible Object, 1923/1965

Man Ray created this piece in 1923. In 1932, when the photographer Lee Miller, who had been Ray's assistant and partner, left him and moved to New York, he replaced the original eye with a picture of Miller's eye. The original title of the piece was Object to Be Destroyed. At an exhibition in 1957, a group of protesting students took the artist at his word and destroyed the piece. Ray used the insurance money to make a series of one hundred reproductions, which would make it hard for anyone to destroy all of them, and changed the title to Indestructible Object.

Piet Mondrian, Ocean I, 1913-1914

Gosta Adrian-Nilsson, The Loudspeaker, 1920

Giacomo Baila, The Speed of a Car + Light, 1913

One of the many works on this theme in which Baila captures the power and dynamism of a vehicle so that we can almost feel the wind and the smell of exhaust fumes. Diagonals cut across the pictorial surface, and white semicircles, possibly the car's headlights, pulsate rhythmically over the canvas. The Futurist painters claimed that traditional static images were obsolete and did not depict reality as it appeared to the eye, that is, in constant motion. The new art would portray speed.

Fernand Leger, Cubist Composition, 1917

Fernand Leger, Femme au Miroir, 1920

Alexandra Ekster,  Venice, 1915

Looking out.

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