Frank Lloyd Wright was on of the main architects that helped push the modernist movement. He, like all other modernist, believe that function came over form. Meaning that something’s mean goal to objective, should come over how it looks or feels. It’s all about what the thing does, not
how it looks. With this as his main idea, Wright began to change the world of architecture. He decided that a building shouldn’t be so neoclassical and symmetrical, but that it should simply work. A building should be built from the inside out, with the subject of each room at heart. From example, ‘Fallingwater’, a building built in Pennsylvania that was designed by Wright, is all about simplicity and abstraction. The building completely blends into the surroundings and mimics the natural flow of the water. The building is a statement on the industrial age, and the modernist movement. It speaks about how we can use natural matierals, such as stone and wood to help create the simplistic buildings. Wright sourced stone in the area to help create the building, proving that a modernist building can still have a very natural feel to it. Below is an image of ‘Fallingwater’ water which I sourced from Wikipedia. As you can see, the building is very modern and almost looks futuristic, even to this day.

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright


The Bauhaus was one of many institutions at the forefront of modernism. Specialising in the arts and crafts, The Bauhaus moved onto the creation of many other different crafts and movements once they found their own way of thinking. They helped shape the modernist movement. They crafted objects such as chairs and kitchen utensils in their own way, with simplicity as the main feature. Klee taught at The Bauhaus. This artist style could not be defined as each painting was different. Some looked cudist, while others looked
surrealist or from some other different movement. His work was unique, he had his own style, but was helping to drive the modernist movement. Below is an image of one of his paintings, ‘Tale à la Hoffmann’. It is very evident in this image, that Klee had his style. At
first glance it looks cubist, with the very straight lines and cubic shapes, but then at a second glance, it looks almost like an abstraction piece, with the large blocks of colour and very little detail. Even though you could not determine what style or movement he fell under, he was definately a modernist. The painting helps back this up. It shows us the simplistity that Klee was famous for, the way in which there is very little detail, only the main lines of the objects. Very little tone has been used also, which shows that only the colour is important, not the tone or detail of it.

Tale à la Hoffmann by Paul Klee


Wyndham Lewis was a cubo-futurist painter who, aslong side Klee and Wright, helped shape the modernist movement. His paintings like Klee were very hard to classify to one movement. His work was prodeminantly cubist, but had a very pop art look to it also, with the bright colours and dark lines. Below is an image which he painted of himself entitled ‘Mr Wyndham Lewis’. The self portrait of Lewis stays true to his cubist style with the absqure angles and shape edges. The colouring is very pop art like and gives a new feel to the work. It, unlike most cubist
work, is very bright. Simply because of the yellow background. The mixture of these styles definately place Lewis as a modernist. His work was all about simplisty with very little detail. This is certainly not a traditional painting. It is modern. Lewis helped shape the modernist and to me, it looks like his work would have been an influence on Andy Warhol and artists within the pop art movement.

Mr Wyndham Lewis by Wyndham Lewis







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