Modernity and Visualizing the Person

I'm under no illusion that the following works can be considered representative of an entire period of history and culture; nonetheless, they do reveal some shifting attitudes and viewpoints toward the human person that express some aspects of the 20th-Century. Look at each painting, what do they suggest about attitudes toward humanity?

Four Dancers
Degas (c. 1899)

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon
Pablo Picasso (1907)

Le double secret
Magritte (1927)

Woman V
Kooning (1952-1953)

Marilyn Monroe
Andy Warhol (ca. 1962)

Interrogations II
Leon Golub (1980-81)

Overshadowed
Patty Wickman (2001)

 

 

"All manner of thing shall be well/ When the tongues of flame are in-folded/ Into the crowned knot of fire/ And the fire and the rose are one." -- T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding