The selected works are among the most iconic in MoMA's collection. They share a common medium — painting — and represent various steps in the development of new artistic languages at the turn of the twentieth century. They illustrate developments in modern art and demonstrate how celebrated artists have built on and broken with artistic tradition to forge new ground in representation and artistic practice. Given the focus on innovation, the works are arranged chronologically. This sequence allows the conversation to progress historically and shows how each work builds on tradition to bring about innovation.
Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 1889
André Derain. London Bridge. 1906
Pablo Picasso. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. 1907
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Street, Dresden. 1908
Umberto Boccioni. The City Rises. 1910
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