Modernism is a style or movement in the arts that aims to break with classical and traditional form. This means that it goes against previous ideas and ways of the arts. Modernism evolves from previous ideas, but has it's own spunk to it.
Some Modern style artists include Georgia O'Keefe, known for her paintings of flowers, Charles Sheeler, known for his building paintings and photographs, and Arthur Dove, known for abstract work.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote books such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, This Side of Paradise, and most popularly, The Great Gatsby.
- Willian Faulkner wrote books such as The Sound and the Fury and The Hamlet.
- Ernest Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, and Short Stories.
- Catcher in the Rye showed the Youth Rebellion which was a great example of modernism behavior.
- Jazz was a popular style of music during this time.
- Some well known Modernist composers include Lou Reed, Charles Ive, John Cage, and Samuel Barber.
- Jazz musical Shuffle Along. Premiered on Broadway in 1921 and stayed for 504 performances. This really represented modernism not only because of the jazz style music, but because theater became a new interest from both the performer and audience perspective.