City living can be treacherous. A misplaced step on an uneven sidewalk can sprain an ankle, bags not held closely are ripe for would-be snatchers, tumultuous winds can turn an umbrella, and a distracted driver can terrorize pedestrians. Day-to-day living can at the very least be inelegant, and at the very worst traumatic. The city can some days get the best of anyone. Yet many artists of the early 20th century looked past these inconveniences to see opportunities for artistic expression. The modern city was a new phenomenon filled with unbridled energy and endless variety, the perfect incubator for artists trying to establish new ways of seeing the world.
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