Art of the Extreme 1905-1914
The decade leading up to the First World War was the most exciting, frenzied and revolutionary in the history of art. This was the crucible of Modernism, when Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism and Abstract Art all developed in quick succession. There were phenomenal new innovations in avant-garde painting and sculpture, above all in Paris where a community of artists, critics and collectors was flourishing. But all Europe was caught up in this exciting revolution from Moscow to London. Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Malevich, Klimt and Schiele all came to prominence during this period, though few understood their genius. Here Sotheby's art expert Philip Hook explains how it took less than a decade for everything to change.