French Modernism | A Lesson in Style

French Modernism originated with the avant-garde art movements, including Expressionism, Cubism, and Dada, that emerged in France—especially Paris—during the early 20th century.  Icons such as Matisse and Picasso are the biggest influences on artists and designers working in this tradition today.

Here's how to spot French Modern style:

The use of abstraction

(Line and shape, smudge and smear. Often decorative or geometric.)


(Cut and tear and paste.)

Absurdist juxtaposition

(This and that, and what?)

Repetitive compositional schemes

(Geometry, symmetry, pattern.)

Bold primary or secondary colors

(Red and blue and yellow and green.)

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