Relationship Between Politics & Art in the Early 20th-Century


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Which art movement reflected the scientific optimism and national pride of its time?

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1. Which method did Dada artists channel with their use of collage and assemblage?

2. Which Italian poet is attributed to the founding of the Futurist movement?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Many European artists in the early 20th century drew inspiration from the era's political culture. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of how politics influenced early 20th-century art. Some things you'll be assessed on include the art movement that reflects scientific optimism, and the founding of the Futurist movement.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Reflections of national pride
  • Use of collage and assemblage
  • Relationship between Fascism and Futurism
  • Prominent themes in Futurist art

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the influence of politics on early 20th-century art
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specific artistic movements in the early 20th century and how they were influenced by the European political culture of the time
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on early 20th-century European politics and interpret it in terms of 20th-century artistic movements

Additional Learning

To learn more about the influence of politics on art, review the accompanying lesson on Politics & Early 20th-Century Art. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the relationship between Dadaism and anti-war sentiments
  • Recognize the purpose of the Futurists
  • Identify the message and impact of the Manifesto of Futurism