Gustav Klimt, 'The Kiss', 1907-1908

Art Between 1900 and 1920

In the early decades of the 20th century, Paris had been the centre of attraction for artists. Before World War 1 Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Modigliani, Mondrian had a major impact on the art sphere. Art styles like Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism flourished during that period.  Moreover, Secession Groups developed a more progressive role in art by opposing traditional art movements. Among these Secession Groups, the most significant representatives of Viennese Secessionist Movement, Gustav Klimt and Max Kurzweil developed a unifying approach, bringing painting, architecture and decorative arts together. Forming a renewed understanding of decorative arts, this ‘total art’ aimed to reject historicism and encourage plurality. The richness of the first two decades of the 20th century is so strong that we are still in love with works of Cezanne, Monet, Degas, Picasso and Klimt and enjoy the experience of seeing them.

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