Modern Art Film Clips
A war-time interview with the Welsh painter Augustus John (1878 - 1961).
Clive Bell (1869 - 1964) was an art critic who is remembered in our day as one of the most devoted champions of modern abstract art. In this 1921 review for THE NEW REPUBLIC, Bell explained why he held that the paintings of the André Derain (1880-1954) were so significant - writing that the Frenchman was "best painter in all of France" (reserving for Picasso the roll of the "most influential painter in all of Europe").
The attached art review is a classic piece of anti-modernist criticism:
"The intellectual degeneracy of the modernistic movement of to-day can easily be traced back to the moral degeneracy of the Second Empire, created by the Mephistophic traitor and despot Napoleon III..."
This single column reported on the 1916 busts that were created by the American sculptor Jo Davidson (1883 - 1952), during his tour of war-torn Europe.
By the end of the Twentieth Century, much of his work would be in the collections of many of the finest art museums, such as the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, the U.S. Senate Art Collection and the National Statuary Hall, both in Washington.
The editors of VANITY FAIR saluted the eighty year-old painter Claude Monet, praising him as
"the only remaining member of a little group of painters - Degas, Manet, Renoir and several others - known as the Master Impressionists."
London's post-World War I art world was rocked by a scandal involving a number forged drawings which were misleadingly signed with the name Aubrey Beardsley (1872 - 1898). This piece captures that moment.
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