There were many influences on the arts during the Early Modern ages. War was the main influence that jump started the rest of them. World War 2 was known as the industrial war, this was the time that technology came in to play with war. Machine guns, planes and poison gas were all introduced during this era. With the war though came poverty and depression. Within a few months the Great Depression took hold leaving cities devastated. Homes and lives were destroyed. No longer able to pay bills many people were forced into the streets. However it wasn’t all bad. The industrial revolution lead people to search elsewhere for a better life. Out of this came the Christian movement. With these influences however art flourished and adapted into a whole new aspect.
Dada movement was focused on the cynical attitude towards the social views in a funny light. It was created to bring problems going on after the Great Depression to light.
This piece was done by Hannah Hoch. She named it Cut with the Dada Kitchen Knife through the Last Weirmar Beer- Belly Culture Epoch in Germany in 1919. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/6b/Hoch-Cut_With_the_Kitchen_Knife.jpg/476px-Hoch-Cut_With_the_Kitchen_Knife.jpg.
If you take a look above you see alot going on in the painting. The first thing that came view would be the public figure faces at the time. Also if you look you can see quite a bit of industrial objects pasted on top of words and newspaper clippings.
Duchamp’s fountain was something that turned the art world upside down. It was premiered in 1917 as a practical joke. At depressing time with little money available this was a key aspect in the world of art. I would also say that this was the foundation to the Modern Art’s found art movement. Which is the process of taking on thing and using it for the purpose of another.
Collective Invention by Rene Magritte which was premiered in 1934. This was a different look on Surrealism. So taking the natural word and inverting it instead. This movement was going on at the same time as the Dada movement. Surrealism was a post war effect too. A way to escape the world and enter another dimension. Creative and a little out there it was a movement I instantly fell in love with.