American Modernism Aydin Sidali, Zoie petronzo, Justin munjack, sal Vassallo, and brenna alfano

Time Line:

1890 - William James published his book Principles of Technology. One of the first modernist books that modernist writers now look to for a guide

1900 - Freud published Interpretation of Dreams is the first book to discuss dreams and what they truly mean

1905 - Albert Einstein develops the Special Theory of Relativity which blows everyone’s mind as it discusses space and time which no one had ever done before

1907 - Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is one of the first paintings to use cubism in modern art and caused lots of controversy

1910 - Modernism is born and along with it comes advantages in technology


Many modernist writers felt that every story that could possibly be told had been told already and in order to create something new, they often had to try using new forms of writing.

Previous Writing- Romantic Era(Nature and being) and very linear writing style.

Modernism( ideas of inner self, social issues, and consciousness.

Most modernist fiction is written in first person.

American modernism benefited from the diversity of immigrant cultures. Artists were inspired by African, Caribbean, Asian and European folk cultures.


Previous to the modernistic era drawing and painting were very grounded in reality. The colors, figures, and proportions all reflected reality. Once the era hit, art became more vibrant, abstract, and expression.

This is an old painting showing the very few colors and shapes being portrayed. Uses many colors, textures being brought to the eye of a spectator. This 20th century painting on the right is by Picasso and shows to be a great example of evolution of modernism art

American Modernistic Artists- Stuart Davis,Oscar Bluemner, Morgan Russell


Early in the 20th century, jazz evolved from the blues tradition, but also incorporated many other musical and cultural elements. In New Orleans, often considered the birthplace of jazz, musicians benefited from the influx of Spanish and French colonial influences

Well-known white musicians such as Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Milton Mezzrow, Muggsy Spanier or Joe Sullivan were inspired by Afro-American icons like Louis Armstrong and Count Basie

Jazz was the single most discussed musical genre of the United States during the 1920s, coming to represent the decade as a whole. The “Jazz Age” evoked rapid mechanization and the giddy good life of America's more high-rolling citizens, as much as it did a particular genre of music

Influential Modernist Figures:

Louis Armstrong- an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz

E.E. Cummings- an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote over 2,900 poems

John Steinbeck- an American author of 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories

William Faulkner- an American writer and Nobel Prize winner from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays. Specifically wrote American Southern literature


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