The advent of the 20th century saw the proliferation of a multitude of artistic currents. 1900: Art at the Crossroads presents a comprehensive, pluralistic view of this moment with some 250 works by more than 170 artists from 26 countries. The exhibition offers a fresh look at Impressionists and Post-Impressionists alongside those young proponents of the avant-garde who would become the avatars of Modernism—Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso. 1900 also extends to more conservative figures such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau, born in 1825 but still espoused by academicians at the turn of the century, as well as to the stylistically divergent production of a vast array of other individuals acclaimed in their lifetimes but little-known today. This retrospective glance at cultural production circa 1900 reveals that the ideals, developments, and problems that signaled the dawn of the 20th century had a defining impact on our culture one hundred years later.


This exhibition was organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

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This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities with additional support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding


William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Regina Angelorum, 1900. Oil on canvas, 285 x 185 cm. Petit Palais—Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris. Photo by Pierrain. © Photothèque des Musées de la Ville de Paris.

John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children, 1895. Oil on canvas, 201.9 x 135.9 cm. Private collection. Photo by John Webb.