Coming into the 20
century, a new time started where modernity, the machine, and the
idea of avant-garde art started to take over.
Modernity created a time where there was a rapid
and accelerated rate of change affecting pretty much everything, including social, scientific,
economic, technological and artistic areas.
It shifted the way things were done in the past, to a
new way of doing things, and looking at things like art.
Art was revolutionized and transformed
to create new ways of thinking and looking at art.
Cubism, contributed by Picasso and Braque
was a major part of modernity, as well as the construction of the Eiffel Tower.
Artists such as
Delaunay, Picabia and Duchamp, along with Gustave Eiffel and of coarse Picasso and Braque
redefined the meaning of picture making and representation of art and reality at the turn of the
The Eiffel Tower was a major example of modernity.
It was created for the Paris World
Fair as the main focal point.
Paris wanted to outdo the Crystal Palace, and that’s exactly what
First of all, an engineer, rather than an architect, created the Tower, which was a major
change and a symbolic one as well in and of itself.
Gustave Eiffel drew his inspiration from the
In a way, the Tower looks like a person standing over a river.
A colossus standing
with his legs spread wide, standing in the middle of Paris, dominating the area.
He decided to
build up rather than horizontally like the Crystal Palace, because it created a more grand
It was the first time that this had been done, and it was a remarkable
They felt that the air at this point had been unoccupied territory, useless space,
and that anyone can occupy the land, but only Paris at this point has managed to occupy the sky
This demonstrated France’s power of process because this was the first time that that
had been done. Another aspect that made the Eiffel Tower so spectacular was the view you