1904 Edwardian Era Art

The art of 1904 was a period of dramatic change. Visit BrambleArtShop for much more.

In this year Simon Bussy painted this picture of the biographer Lytton Strachey working on a thesis with the aim of gaining a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Lytton Strachey (1904) by Simon Bussy

Bussy 1904

Simon had married Lytton’s sister Dorothy the previous year and Lytton was visiting them at their home in France at the time of the portrait.

This year saw Picasso settled in Montmartre and he moved from his Blue to his Rose period as seen by this painting of Suzanne Bloch in the Spring followed by ‘The Actor’ done towards the end of the same year.

A cold & frost morning 1904 G Clausen

Clausen 1904

Sir George Clausen was an English artist knighted in 1927. He painted this picture in this year. (His work is always on show at Tate Britain).

Grant, Duncan, 1885-1978; The Duke of Urbino

Grant 1904

Duncan Grant went to Italy and copied the masters. This painting of the Duke of Urbino still hangs at Charleston – well worth a visit.

Kirchner the-café 1904

Kirchner 1904

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was a German expressionist painter and one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or “The Bridge”, a key group leading to the foundation of Expressionism in 20th-century art. But that was to come; today he was doing this.



Sir Philip Hendy, in his preface to the 1961 Bevan retrospective exhibition, commented that Bevan was perhaps the first Englishman to use pure colour in the 20th Century.


Bevan, Robert Polhill, 1865-1925; Back of the Granary, Poland

Bevan 1904

Alexej von Jawlensky was to become a Russian expressionist painter. During this year he painted this still life.

stilleben-mit-weinflasche-1904. Alexej von Jawlensky

Jawlensky 1904

Maurice de Vlaminck was a French painter. Considered one of the principal figures in the Fauve movement, a group of modern artists who from 1904 to 1908 were united in their use of intense color.

the-gardener M Vlamanick 1904

Vlaminck 1904

Gustav Klimt painted this portrait of Hermine Gallia during this year.

Klimt Portrait of Hermine Gallia 1904

Klimt 1904

Albert Marquet, great friend and contemporary of Matisse, is painting these wonderful pictures in the south of France.

Raoul Dufy in 1904 worked with his friend Albert Marquet and painted some wonderful picture during 1904.

Richard Gerstl was an Austrian painter known for his expressive psychologically insightful portraits. His lack of critical acclaim and his affair with the wife of Arnold Schoenberg which led to his suicide just 4 years after these paintings, aged 25.

Jean-Édouard Vuillard was a French painter associated with the Nabis. He painted this picture of Lucy Hessel in this year.

Edouard Vuillard 1904 -lucy-hessel-at-the-seashore.jpg

Vuillard 1904

John Duncan Fergusson, the Scottish Colorist, was painting theses portraits in 1904.

Monet was deep into painting his waterlilies this year.


Hammershøi 1904

Vilhelm Hammershøi was a Danish painter. He is known for his poetic, subdued portraits and interiors. He painted this picture – Interior with a Young Woman from Behind – in this year.

MacNair,_The_Gift_of_Doves 1904

MacNair 1904

James Herbert MacNair was a Scottish artist whose work contributed to the development of the “Glasgow Style” during the 1890s. MacNair was friends with Charles Rennie Mackintosh. As part of their training, the two attended evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art between 1888 and 1894, and it was there that they met the MacDonald sisters, Margaret and Frances. MacNair would go on to marry Frances, and Mackintosh would marry Margaret. He painted this picture – The Gift of Doves – in this year

Paul Cezanne was painting these pictures of Chateau Noir in 1904.

Andre Derain completed his military service and decided to take up painting full time. Here are some of his paintings from this year.

Franz Marc one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement painted this picture of Indersdorf in 1904.

Franz Marc Artists mother 1904

Marc 1904

Alfred East was an English Romantic landscape painter and in 1906 he was elected President of the Royal Society of British Artists. He painted this picture titled ‘Golden Autumn’ in 1904.

East, Alfred, 1844/1849-1913; Golden Autumn

Alfred East 1904

Felix Vallotton painted these two wonderful interiors in this year.

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