The Classical Modernism section covers artists from an epoch that reached its zenith in the 20th century in Europe with the revolutionary works of the Fauvists, Cubists, Futurists, Expressionists and avant-gardists. Today, it continues to demonstrate the same diversity as the avant-garde styles seen as pioneering in the fine arts at the end of the Belle Époque. Its typical representatives are artists such as Henri Matisse, André Derain, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Beckmann, Franz Marc, Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian. Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky are assigned to Russian Modernism. Germany’s Bauhaus is considered to have provided the cultural spark for Modernism.
In recent decades Classical Modernist masterpieces have dominated the auction rooms, together with Impressionist works and contemporary art.