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Herbert, 1997. Social Research 64(3):1273-1305

The Arrival of the Machine: Modernist Art in Europe, 1910-25
Robert L. Herbert

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Technology and the Rest of Culture
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 64, No. 3 (Fall 1997): 1273-1305

ABSTRACT: The article deals with the influence of modern machinery, science and industry in modernist painting and sculpture in Europe. Various kinds of primitivism became virtually synonymous with modernism, ranging from techniques in painting, sculpture, and print-making to images of peasants and non-European peoples. Another possible factor in accepting the machine as part of modernity rather than its opponent was the rapid increase of machinery in daily life. Bicycles and automobiles were commonly seen in the first years of the century, so were domestic sewing machines and electric lighting. With the onset of World War I in August, 1914, the machine took on a new and terrifying presence, so much so that the...
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