Jazz as Decal for the European Avant-Garde


This essay documents the absorption of jazz by the European artistic vanguard between 1910 and 1930. Because of jazz' perceived spontaneous and libidinous qualities, avant-garde artists exploited it as a symbol of modernism "like a decal on a traveler's bag," in turn preparing jazz' appropriation by the world of fashion of that time.

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Bauhaus, Cabaret Voltaire, Charlie Chaplin, Constructivism, Futurism, James Reese Europe, Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Pablo Picasso, Soviet Union, USSR