Modern Paintings

Modern Furniture Design

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

"Money Honey" Oil by Suraya Raine
"Money Honey" Oil by Suraya Raine
21st Century and Contemporary American American Modern Paintings
Cotton Canvas, Oil
A pug, a pocketbook and a beautiful Vargas-like pinup. What's not to love about this original canvas.
1976 Dame Edith Sitwell Portrait by Sita Gomez de Kanelba, Cuban American.
1976 Dame Edith Sitwell Portrait by Sita Gomez ...
Sita Gomez de Kanelba
Vintage 1970s American Modern Paintings
A Cuban, born in Paris in 1932, Sita Gomez de Kanelba is a renowned artist, noted for her paintings mostly of women. Here an oil on board portrait of Dame Edith Sitwell, herself a fa...
Painting by Rune Hagberg
Painting by Rune Hagberg
Rune Hagberg
Vintage 1980s Swedish Modern Paintings
Painting by Rune Hagberg, Sweden. Not dated.
Original Contemporary Modern Oil on Canvas by Le Roi Johnson, Buffalo, NY
Original Contemporary Modern Oil on Canvas by L...
LeRoi C. Johnson
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Paintings
Born in Buffalo, New York, Le Roi C. Johnson was raised a catholic in an eastside project in Buffalo, New York and later became a prominent Buffalo attorney. He is a Canisius College...
Heart of the Volcano

Heart of the Volcano

By Tiffany Brown
Heart of the Volcano
Tiffany Brown
2010s Norwegian Modern Contemporary Art
Painted and signed by English Tiffany Brown, 2017 whilst in Norway. The picture is one of the kind and called heart of the Volcano, acrylic painting on canvas. . The colors are brigh...
Contemporary Acrylic Painting Called Emotional Kaleidoscope
Contemporary Acrylic Painting Called Emotional ...
Tiffany Brown
2010s Norwegian Modern Contemporary Art
A modern contemporary acrylic painting on canvas called emotional kaleidoscope by Tiffany Brown. Large acrylic painting measuring 100 cm x 100 cm. The name emotional kaleidoscope ...
Jungle Still Life, signed J. Gautier
Jungle Still Life, signed J. Gautier
Vintage 1970s Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art
Jungle acrylic still life of Haitian animals. Measures 25" H x 25" W x .75" D with frame. By Joel Gautier/Gauthier (Haitian, b. 1955)
Rope and Acrylic on Wood Abstract Painting by Patrick Hogan
Rope and Acrylic on Wood Abstract Painting by P...
Patrick Hogan
Vintage 1980s American Modern Paintings
Rope, Acrylic, Wood
A amazing rope and acrylic on wood abstract painting by American Listed artist Patrick Hogan ( 1947-1988). Hogan has several pieces in the permanent collection in Laguna Art Museum. ...
Cubist Still Life "Violin" by Agnes Weinrich, Signed, Dated 1922
Cubist Still Life "Violin" by Agnes Weinrich, S...
Agnes Weinrich
Early 20th Century American Modern Contemporary Art
Still Life Painting (Violin, Flowers), Oil on canvas, by Agnes Weinrich, Signed and dated "22", Unframed: 20" x 16", Framed 27.5 x 23". Agnes Weinrich (1873...
Sam Gant Ghost Space American Primitive Gallery
Sam Gant
1990s American Modern Outsider and Self Taught Art
Paint on paper by Samuel Gant (1955-2000) a California self taught artist who overcame his disabilities to make compelling paintings in California. Images of spaceships became a pers...
Oil on Canvas by Sergei Danilin
Sergei Danilin
2010s American Modern Paintings
This impressionist oil on canvas was painted by Sergei Danilin in 2013 and depicts Main Street in Oldwick, NJ. and is titled "Midnight Rain". It came from Sergei's personal collectio...
Large Toulouse Lautrec by Peter Max in Peach Pi...
Peter Max
Vintage 1960s American Modern Contemporary Art
This is the largest of the Toulouse Lautrec portraits by famed artist Peter Max in peach pink. Professionally framed, signed and numbered.
Signed Antique French Triptych Oil on Canvas Pa...
Antique Early 1900s French Modern Paintings
Canvas, Paint
Be the first to see our New Selections direct from 1stdibs! Please click on Follow below. A striking triptych of antique French oil on canvas paintings depicting enormous trees ea...
Painting of a Woman with Curlers, circa 1950
Vintage 1950s American Modern Paintings
Painting of a woman with Curlers, circa 1950. Painting on canvas board panel with applied locks of red hair and rollers.
Albert Chubac, Gouache, Signed, circa 1960, France
Albert Chubac
Vintage 1960s French Modern Paintings
Albert Chubac (1925-2008), gouache, signed, numerated N°310, circa 1960, France. Measures: Height 47 cm, width 60 cm. Last painter of the school of Nice. This is an impor...
Well Painted Strelitzia by Jim Dine
Jim Dine
Vintage 1980s American Modern Paintings
Works by Jim Dyne, 1980s. ED.32 / 33.
Emanuel Romano Glicenstein Painting, Signed and...
Emanuel Glicenstein Romano
Vintage 1960s American Modern Paintings
An original watercolor painting by Emanuel Romano Glicenstein (1897-1984). Signed by the artist "E. Romano" in lower corner. Recently matted and framed in ivory wood under Plexiglas....
Emanuel Glicenstein Romano Painting, Signed and...
Emanuel Glicenstein Romano
Vintage 1960s American Modern Paintings
An original watercolor on paper painting by listed artist Emanuel Glicenstein (1897-1984), also known as Emanuel Glicen Romano. Signed "E. Romano" and dated 1959 by the artist in low...
Emanuel Glicenstein Romano Painting, Signed and...
Emanuel Glicenstein Romano
Vintage 1960s American Modern Paintings
An original mixed-media collage watercolor on paper by artist Emanuel Glicenstein Romano (1897-1984). Signed, "E. Romano" in lower corner. This work has been recently been matted and...
Abstract Oil and Ink Painting by Robert Katkows...
Robert Katkowski
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Paintings
Wood, Oil
Untitled oil and ink abstract work on panel created in 2012 by Robert Katkowski. Roberts work resides in private collections as well as the collections of the following institution...
Painting 'October in the Cantina' by Sergio Ago...
Sergio Agostini
Mid-20th Century Italian Modern Paintings
Canvas, Oil
"Ottobre in Cantina" Painting, oil on canvas by Italian artist Sergio Agostini, Rome, 1960. Signed on lower left with sticker from original exhibition at Galleria L'88 on Via M...
Signed C. Macourlard San Francisco Watercolor
Vintage 1940s American American Modern Paintings
This watercolor painting is newly framed and is one of two by the same artist in our gallery. The second one is also signed by the artist and marked Southern California. The conditio...
Modernist Mixed-Media Abstract Nude, Dorothy Fi...
Dorothy Fitzgarlald
Early 2000s American Modern Paintings
Paper, Oil
Wonderful contemporary modernist oil painting on paper exicuted by Dorothy Fitzgarald,great use of color, space and texture. Dorothy P Fitzgerald (b. 1952, Buffalo, New York) is p...
Large Oil on Board by David Hosie
David Hosie
Vintage 1980s Scottish Modern Paintings
Very large oil on board by this important Glasgow artist, signed lower right. Born 1962. We have been in contact with David and he has told us that this work was one of a series of...
Georg Walter Rössner, Portrait of Mrs. Yvonne ...
20th Century Modern Paintings
Georg Walter Rössner (1885-1972), portrait of Mrs. Yvonne Santiago. Oil on canvas, unframed, 88 x 74 cm. Signed. In perfect condition. Price example: A similar painting by Georg...
Ture Pettersson, Oil Painting
20th Century Modern Paintings
Ture Pettersson (born 1919), oil painting. Still life, 55 x 43 cm. In perfect condition.
Lagar Celso Painting of Seated Model, Watercolo...
20th Century Spanish Modern Paintings
Lagar Celso (Spain, 1891-1966): Seated model, watercolor, signed. Measures: 22x28 cm. Price example: A painting by Lagar Celso was sold at Subastas Segre in Madrid, December 19, 20...
1980's Mexican Oil Painting "Diablo"
Late 20th Century Mexican Modern Paintings
Canvas, Oil
1980's Mexican oil painting " Diablo ". It is signed.
Still looking?
Get weekly alerts when there are new arrivals for Modern Paintings
More Ways to Browse