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Towards the Spiritual Essence of the Modern Age

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In this manifesto-like essay, the painter Bohumil Kubišta formulates a new morality and a new ethical position for modern art, grounded on the pragmatic realities of the early twentieth century. By penetrating the depths of contemporary life, by investigating as closely as possible the mundane and the commonplace, and by accepting that modern morality is governed by work rather than mysticism, the artist will nourish his creative soul and transcend the surface materialism of the age.

Keywords: Bohumil Kubišta; Braque; Cubism; Czech modernism; Cézanne; Expressionism; Picasso; modernism; morality; spirituality; van Gogh

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2011

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