Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Wondrous Words: Modern Art at Centre Pompidou in Paris

 



Modern Art sounds like it should be the art of the last couple of years, right? But, no. We are cautioned not to confuse modern art with contemporary art. Instead, let's look at a definition from Wikipedia: 
Modern art includes artistic work produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the styles and philosophies of the art produced during that era. The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation.
Centre Pompidou was the first collection of modern art in Europe. I thought I didn't like modern art. I thought I didn't want to visit Centre Pompidou in Paris. 

I was wrong.

"Une fenêtre"("A Window"), Robert Delaunay, 1912, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.



"Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel" ("The Bride and Groom of the Eiffel Tower"), Marc Chagall, 1913, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.



"Haut le mains" ("Hands Up"), Paul Klee, 1938, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.




"Trente" ("Thirty"), Vassily Kandinsky, 1937, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.



"Le Phoque" ("Seal"), Constantin Brâncuși , 1914, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.



Even the youngest member of our party at the Pompidou, my great-niece, Josie,  enjoyed looking at modern art."Nature Morte Au Violon" ("Still Life With Violin"), Georges Braque, 1911, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.




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19 comments:

  1. Sorry I do not like modern art, I think it looks like they could not be bothered in what they did or gave it any thought.

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    1. I thought I didn't either...until I visited this museum. There's something magical about modern art.

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  2. I love the Pompidou Centre, I've only been once but it made a big impression. And I learned the French word for doughnuts in the cafe!

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  3. It's weird, isn't it, how 'modern' tends to be at least fifty years old now! I guess that's what we have 'contemporary' for.

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  4. It is not my cup of tea, but I always appreciate creativity and imagination.

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  5. These are good and enjoyable, not the outlandish art some people make in the shroud of Modern art. :)

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  6. Great post. I love that museum too. The Chagall painting of the bride and groom has been one of my favorites for a long time, and it's not always on display, so you were lucky. A copy of it was once on a French postage stamp in a wonderful series with great art works.

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  7. I want to visit. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. I love The Bride and groom of the Eiffel tower. Gorgeous!

    I am soooo sorry that I skipped Wondrous Words this week, I might do one next week, depending on how I manage here.

    Are you having problems with Blogger and CANVA graphics? I am soooo frustrated!! All my previous pictures are a complete mess now. And I know you also use CANVA....

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    1. I'm sorry you are having trouble. No, I haven't had any difficulty with these. I know that is so frustrating!

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  9. Weird but then again art is subjective. I kinda like "Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel"

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  10. thanks for sharing the wonderful pics
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  11. I'm not huge on modern either and skipped the Pompidou, even though it was only a few blocks from where I was staying. And it wasn't like I just hung out doing nothing, so I'm OK with that but after seeing this I would definitely consider it for another trip. I love all the pieces you chose to share here, especially the Chagall, always a favorite.

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  12. I used to think I didn't like modern art but I think the more I've been exposed to it and open to it, the more I enjoy it. I may not understand it but I can still appreciate it. I would love to go to the Pompidou! One day :)

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  13. Fascinating. We didnt get in to the Centre - I cant remember why - but my architecture loving partner wanted to walk all around. we have lots of photos of the outside. I would like to go in next time I can :) I am quite appreciating your collection here, particular the Vassily Kandinsky.

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  14. After I audited a friend's class on Art and Graphic Design, I found a whole new appreciation for modern art.

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  15. When we visited there was some really raunchy stuff right off the bat. After that settled down, I quite liked it :)

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