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Moving Modernism – The Urge to Abstraction in Painting, Dance, Cinema - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Moving Modernism: The Urge to Abstraction in Painting, Dance, Cinema

Nell Andrew


This book reenacts the simultaneous eruption of three spectacular revolutions—the development of pictorial abstraction, the first modern dance, and the birth of cinema—which together changed the artistic landscape of early twentieth-century Europe and the future of modern art. Rather than seeking dancing pictures or pictures of dancing, however, this study follows the chronology of the historical avant-garde to show how dance and pictures were engaged in a kindred exploration of the limits of art and perception that required the process of abstraction. Recovering the performances, methods, and ... More

Keywords: Loïe Fuller, Nabis, Valentine de Saint-Point, Sophie Taeuber, Zurich Dada, Akarova, plastique pure, modern dance, abstraction, kinesthesia, avant-garde cinema

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190057275
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190057275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nell Andrew, author
Associate Professor of Art History, University of Georgia

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