This Week in the Art World: A Glimpse of 1920

Welcome, fellow art enthusiasts, to another captivating journey through time with Irish Art Mart. This week, we invite you to step into the enchanting world of art in the year 1920. A time when creative innovation, artistic diversity, and significant contributions to the realm of fine art were at their zenith.

The art world of 1920 was a vibrant tapestry of movements, including Surrealism, Cubism, and the continued influence of Impressionism. Artists were pushing the boundaries of creativity, leaving an indelible mark on the canvas of art history.

1920 – A Year of Artistic Renaissance

In 1920, the European art scene was undergoing a profound transformation as artists sought new ways to convey their ideas and emotions. Let’s delve into the key developments and prominent artists of this remarkable year:

  • The Rise of Surrealism – Surrealism, characterized by its exploration of the irrational and the subconscious, was on the ascent. Artists like Salvador Dalí and André Breton were key figures in this movement. Dalí’s “The Persistence of Memory” remains an iconic work of Surrealism. Dive into the world of Surrealism here.
  • Cubism’s Continuing Evolution – The Cubist movement, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, continued to evolve. Picasso’s “Three Musicians” and Braque’s “Violin and Palette” exemplify the Cubist style’s innovative approach to form and perspective. Learn more about Cubism here.
  • Impressionism’s Enduring Appeal – While new movements emerged, Impressionism retained its charm. Claude Monet, the luminary of Impressionism, painted “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge,” showcasing his unparalleled ability to capture light and color. Discover more about Monet’s enduring legacy here.

Irish Art in 1920

In Ireland, the art scene was equally vibrant, with distinguished Irish artists making significant contributions:

  • Jack Butler Yeats – Yeats continued to captivate with his unique blend of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. “The Last Broadcast” from 1920 is a notable work that reflects the evolving dynamics of Irish life.
  • Roderic O’Conor – The esteemed Irish artist Roderic O’Conor remained committed to Post-Impressionism. His work “Landscape in the Pyrenees” from this year showcased his unwavering exploration of color and form.


As we step out of our artistic time machine, we hope this glimpse into the art world of 1920 has transported you to a period of profound creativity and innovation. This pivotal year laid the foundation for the groundbreaking art movements that would shape the 20th century.

Stay tuned for more captivating journeys through the world of art with Irish Art Mart. Remember, art isn’t just about observation; it’s about immersion, learning, and, above all, feeling. So, don’t hesitate to explore our extensive collection to find your next artistic treasure or to deepen your understanding of the captivating world of art.

Until our next adventure, keep exploring, keep learning, and keep feeling the world through the eyes of these masterful artists!

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