Classical Modernism: From Cubism to Abstraction

Fernand Léger, Le balcon, 1914
Kunst Museum Winterthur, Legat Dr. Emil und Clara Friedrich-Jezler 1973
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Piet Mondrian, Composition A, 1932
Kunst Museum Winterthur, Legat Dr. Emil und Clara Friedrich-Jezler, 1973

Paul Klee, Blühendes, 1934
Kunst Museum Winterthur, Legat Dr. Emil und Clara Friedrich-Jezler 1973
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Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Plans profilés en courbes, 1935
Kunst Museum Winterthur

René Magritte, Le monde perdu, 1928
Kunst Museum Winterthur

Constantin Brancusi, Danaïde, um 1913
Kunst Museum Winterthur
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Alexander Calder, Ohne Titel, c. 1939
Kunst Museum Winterthur
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From cubism to abstraction, outstanding paintings and sculptures illustrate decisive stages of modernism in Winterthur. Work groups by Fernand Léger and Juan Gris illustrate cubism, alongside Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Orphism is represented by Robert Delaunay, as is the purism of Le Corbusier and Amédée Ozenfant.

A highlight of the collection is Paul Klee’s famous Blühendes (Blossoming). There are important paintings by Oskar Schlemmer, Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte. Abstract art around 1930 is represented in exemplary amplitude by reliefs by Hans Arp, as well as paintings by Theo van Doesburg and Piet Mondrian, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart and Joaquín Torres-García.

The developments of modern sculpture from cubism to surrealism can be followed thanks to excellent works by Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Henri Laurens, Jacques Lipchitz, Antoine Pevsner, Constantin Brancusi, Hans Arp, Alberto Giacometti and Alexander Calder.

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