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Modernity in the Metropolis: Portrayals of Symbolic Structures in New York City and Paris

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Title: Modernity in the Metropolis: Portrayals of Symbolic Structures in New York City and Paris
Author: Cantor, Franklyn
Advisor: Saltzman, Lisa; Cast, David
Department: Bryn Mawr College. Dept. of History of Art
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: In New York City and Paris, two well-established cities with rich histories, new technology and ideas at the turn of the 20th century brought a new spirit and significant energy. Scientific progress in construction, manufacturing, and design enabled the development of the urban metropolis, which constituted a drastic change from the old world cities that preceded them. Many artists chose to depict the changing cities, employing different techniques and subject matters to portray the world around them. Two such painters are Robert Delaunay and Joseph Stella, who utilized innovative technological structures as vehicles for their opinions and expressions concerning modern life and the changing image of the city. Delaunay and Stella focused almost exclusively on the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge, which became both beloved symbols of the specific cities and independently venerated technological accomplishments. The worship of such structures, and more inclusively, all things modern, was denoted “modernolatry,” a term borrowed from the Italian Futurists.
Subject: Paris (France) -- In art
Subject: Delaunay, Robert, 1885-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Stella, Joseph, 1877-1946 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Brooklyn Bridge (New York, N.Y.) -- In art
Subject: Tour Eiffel (Paris, France) -- In art
Subject: New York (N.Y.) -- In art
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/8762

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Cantor, Franklyn. "Modernity in the Metropolis: Portrayals of Symbolic Structures in New York City and Paris". 2012. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/8762.

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