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La Belle Epoque: A series of 3 Art Movements

Enjoy three art movements that changed the course of how artists represented the world: Fauvism, Cubism and Futurism!

La Belle Epoque: A series of 3 Art Movements
La Belle Epoque: A series of 3 Art Movements

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Please join Maria Chester to learn what happened in Paris after 1905:


After Realism & Naturalism, Impressionism & Post-Impressionism, Henri Matisse will break all the rules by applying furious pure colours deserving the mote “fauve” (wild beast) given by the art critic Louis Vauxcelles. We will analyse the style of the Fauvists and their technique. We will study the oeuvre of Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck, Dufy and Braque as well as other Fauve artists, like Kees van Dongen. This talk will showcase how Fauvism opened the door to Modernism in art!


The Trocadero was the place visited daily by the young Picasso and his friend Braque. In there, they found the exotic beauty of the African masks and sculptures from Oceania. We will virtually visit their studios. In Picasso’s one, we will find an old photo camera with its lens broken: it was a gift from the Italian Gino Severini, who will become a Futurist painter. We will also try to find the differences between Analytic Cubism and Synthetic Cubism.


Futurism is a movement with a manifesto written by poet and journalist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti who will be the engine behind the movement. Marinetti met Mussolini when they were working as journalists and became close friends. Futurism was born as a literary movement which will attract the attention of Italian artists

Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carra, Luigi Russolo and Gino Severini. They will study almost scientifically the sounds and waves of movement. Many of their work (specially the “Futur Balla” signature used by Giacomo Balla) will try to show these waves in colours. They organised soirees in which they will recite non- sensical words and odd sounds anticipating – in a way – the future Dada sessions in Zürich during the WWI. In Britain, the Futurist movement became the Vorticist, led by Wyndham Lewis. Futurists artists were banned because they were active fascist militants.

Recommend Reading: Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends

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