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The Style and Philosophy of Modern Art

Published by : modernartshow  on  12 Mar 2014

The Style and Philosophy of Modern Art

The contemporary abstract art that we are familiar with is the form of art that became popular in the 1860s. Nowadays artists create modern paintings that are a combination of modern art as well as classical art that was practiced 30,000 years ago. That is why today’s paintings look so vivid and bright made from contemporary color palettes and direct painting techniques. There are no multiple layers anymore; but a style that demonstrates the underlying concept of the painter quite brilliantly.

When we talk about the style and philosophy of modern art, painters like Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin are usually mentioned. Many other popular artists created some of the most magnificent and wonderful pieces of abstract art in the beginning of the 20th century. Till 1970, modern art had started to become obsolete and a combination of contemporary and classic art techniques was introduced to general public.

The style of modern art can be best understood by looking at the abstract paintings of the Impressionists, the Romantics, and the Realists. Later on, post-impressionists movement was introduced succeeded by the Symbolism during which contemporary art received much attention and publicity. After Symbolism, the most popular movement was the Expressionism that received widespread popularity throughout the world.

Much later, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art became the basis of modern art. This was roughly the period from 1950 to 1960. In the next decade, Lyrical Abstraction and Video Art were the last movements of this style of painting. Nowadays, neo-expressionism and figurative painting are the most popular forms of abstract art; however, the artist is free to choose his or her own style of painting making use of any palette of colors and either direct or indirect technique of painting.

Giving the artist or painter this freedom means we are moving from classical and contemporary style of painting to a more abstract and totally original form of creation that doesn’t involve any boundaries or limitations. Now the artist has the liberty to comprehend his or her own concept through a brightly lit abstract art painting without needing support from literature or history.       


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