Contextual 10

Contextual Studies​Tutor: Chris Young​Autumn 2016Contextual Studies 10: Other Disciplines in Early Modernism


1. What are the characteristics of, and ideas behind, Modernist art?


 Moholy-Nagy – abstraction, interested in form, 
Hans Finsler – abstract, untraditional subject matter, about form,
Umbo – sinister street – abstract, form
Florence Henri – compositions, shape and form,
Tina Modotti – abstract, form, shape
Man Ray – composition, almost abstract, shape and form,
Edward Weston – abstract, form
Edward Weston – stark angles/ shade, form 



 All about the form, all in black and white






2. How do those characteristics relate to other disciplines?




Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946)


Man Ray (1890-1976)


Edward Weston (1886-1958)


André Kertész (1894-1985)


Umbo (Otto Maximilian Umbehr) (1902-1980)


Tina Modotti (1896-1942)


Hans Finsler (1891-1972)


Florence Henri (1893-1982)










Fernand Leger (1881-1955) Ballet Mecanique, 1923/4


 About movement/objects, experimenting, mirror images, 



Hans Richter (1888-1976) Rhythm 21, 1921


animated painting, originally didn’t have sound

Domino House, 1914


Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) (1887-1915)

Villa Savoye (1929-31)


 Unconventional radical designs of buildings, 






Luigi Russolo (1885-1947), Awakening of a City, c1916


Main points from set text:

He says times change,

Part of the futurist group,



All new, 

None was crowd pleasing,

People felt it was uncomfortable,

Modernism was pushing art,









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