The 1920s and 1930s were remarkable decades of social, economic, scientific, and political change in America and the nations of Western Europe. Bounded by the First World War, the period saw the birth of Jazz, widespread use of the automobile, voting rights for women, as well as the hardships of the Great Depression and the destructive slide into political conflict. Throughout these dramatic times, during both the highs and the lows, artists responded to the world in which they lived in dramatic fashion. Introduced at the beginning of the century, modern styles of expression flourished on both continents in the 1920s and ‘30s. The modernists struggled for acceptance from critics and collectors, competing with the centuries-long academic traditions based on the fidelity to nature.
This exhibition is drawn from the Phoenix Art Museum’s extensive collection of works from the early twentieth century as a complement to the traveling exhibition From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection. Artists include Pablo Picasso, Everett Shinn, André Derain, Reginald Marsh, Kees Van Dongen, Isabel Bishop, George Grosz, and several others.
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Left: Kees Van Dongen, Lady with Beads, 1923 (detail). Oil on canvas. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald D. Harrington
Right: Victor Higgins, Arroyo Hondo, c. 1935 (detail). Watercolor. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orme Lewis.
This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum.