Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Modern Painting

Edouard de Castro

Favorites list: modern painters or paintings (unordered)

Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Piet Mondrian (Nederland, 1872-1944)

Dutch painter, an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement (neoplasticism: pure abstraction and universality by a reduction to the essentials of form and colour). He is best known for his non-representational paintings (which he called compositions), consisting of rectangular forms of red, yellow, blue, or black.

Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red

In Switzerland you used to often see concrete trucks with a “Mondrian” paint / motif (he would probably have liked that), so to me Mondrian equals concrete truck!


Updated ?. Created 2007-Apr-09

Victor Vasarely (France/Hungary, 1906-1997)

Geometric abstraction artist, ~father of the Op-art (optical art; art which use optical illusions).


(Outdoor Vasarely artwork at the museum in Pecs)


Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Kazimir Malevich (Ukraine, 1878 -1935)

Russian avant-garde painter, pioneer of geometric abstract art.
He introduced his abstract, non-objective geometric patterns in a style and artistic movement he called Suprematism .

An Englishman in Moscow (1914)

Complexe presentiment (1932)

Black Cross (192? !)


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Wassily Kandinsky (Russia, 1866-1944)

Russian painter and art theorist, a pioneer in abstract art. As a synaesthete, he named some of his paintings “improvisations” and “compositions” as if they were works of music and not painting.

Sky Blue (1940)

Struttura Allegra

kandinsky on artsy.net

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Cassandre (Ukraine/France, 1901-1968)

Adolphe Jean Marie Mouron was an influential Ukrainian-French Art Deco commercial poster artist, and typeface designer (inspired by Futurism and Cubism).


Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Paul Klee (Switzerland, 1879-1940)

He has been variously associated with expressionism, cubism and surrealism but his pictures are difficult to classify. They often have a fragile child-like quality to them, and are usually on a small scale. They frequently allude to poetry, music and dreams and sometimes include words or musical notation. The later works are distinguished by spidery hieroglyph-like symbols.


Klee museum in Bern, Switzerland

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Marc Chagall (Russia/France, 1887-1985)

Among the celebrated painters of the 20th century, he is often associated with the Surrealist movement.


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Joan Miro (Spain, 1893-1983)

Catalan painter, sculptor and ceramist. Inspired by surrealism and abstract art.


Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2009-Aug-06

Richard Estes (USA, 1932 - )

is an American painter who is best known for his photorealistic paintings. The paintings generally consist of reflective, clean, and inanimate city and geometric landscapes.
Richard Estes on wikipedia

Supreme Hardware, 1974

Photorealism in the 1970s’ at Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin [artblart.wordpress.com]

Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2008-Apr-22

Grant Wood (USA, 1891-1942)

American painter, known for is rural “midwest” (almost!) realist and (almost) naive paintings.

American Gothic (1930)

American Gothic is one of the few images to reach the status of cultural icon, along with Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Edvard Munch’s The Scream. It is thus one of the most reproduced — and parodied — images ever.

Fall plowing (1931)


Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Amedeo Modigliani (Italy, 1884-1920)

Italian painter and sculptor. Unique style (elongated faces) ~influenced by primitive art. A womanizer, sick most of his life (+ alcohol and drugs) he died at the age of 35.

Nude Sdraiato (1917)


Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Edvard Munch (Norvegia, 1863-1944)

Norwegian expressionist painter. “Master” of “existential anguish” (e.g. “the Scream”, 1893)!

Madonna (1895)


Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2009-Aug-07

Edward Hopper (USA, 1882 - 1967)

A prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While most popularly known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. In both his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.
Edward Hopper on Wikipedia

Nighthawks (1942)

Compartiment C, voiture 193 (1938)

Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Francis Bacon (England, 1909-1992)

A collateral descendant of the Elizabethan philosopher Francis Bacon! His artwork was well-known for its bold, semi-abstract, and often grotesque or nightmarish imagery.

Pope Innocent X (1953)


Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Alphonse Mucha (Czechoslovakia, 1860-1939)

Czech poster designer and painter, most well known Art Nouveau artist. I like his poster (before he turned to “traditional” painting!) designs characterized by sinuous lines, flowers and sensual women with long flowing hair.


Updated ?. Created 2010-Nov-01

Léon Spilliaert (1881 – 1946, Belgium)

Vertigo, Magic Staircase, 1908

Symbolist painter; mystery and melancholy...

Leon Spilliaert wikipedia article

all-art.org article

Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Roy Lichtenstein (USA, 1923-1997)

A prominent American pop artist, whose work borrowed heavily from popular advertising and comic book styles, which he himself described as being "as artificial as possible."

Girl with Hair Ribbon (1965)

House I (1996)


Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Marcel Duchamp (France/USA, 1887-1968)

Dadaist artist; mockery of art!, readymades etc...

Urinoir (1917 !!)


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Fernand Leger (France, 1881-1955)

French painter (inspired by cubism as well as surrealism); he developed a sparse vocabulary of mostly cylindrical forms, and he started to limit his palette to the primary colours plus black and white.


Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Max Ernst (Deutschland, 1891-1976)

Surrealists painter.

The Garden of France, Max Ernst (1962)

L’Ange du foyer (1937?)


Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Gustav Klimt (Austria, 1862-1918)

An Austrian Symbolist painter; one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Art Nouveau (Vienna Secession) movement.

Danae (1907)

The Kiss (1908)

Gustav Klimt on wikipedia

Models reenact Klimt paintings

Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

George Grosz (Germany, 1893-1959)

Member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group. Satire of German society.

Dedicated to Oscar Panizza (1918)

Eclipse of the Sun (1926)


Artsy’s George Grosz page

Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Georges-Pierre Seurat (France, 1859-1891)

French painter, the founder of Neoimpressionism (~Pointillism).
Funny: weirdly contrived and static!

Un dimanche après-midi à l’Ile de la Grande Jatte (1886)