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Modern Art or Modernism?

Some people don’t think of  “Modern Art” as fine art because it isn’t realistic in it’s portrayal of human, animal or nature. Modern art is not simply splashing paint from a bucket onto a canvas… it has its own history! Many artistic works produced during the 1860’s to the 1970’s express the style and philosophy of the art and culture during that era. People usually associate the term “modern art” with art where the so-called fine art traditions of the past, such as art of the Renaissance period, were disregarded for the sake of trying out new ways of doing things. Modern artists experimented with fresh ways of seeing and had new ideas about the nature of materials they used and the purpose of art. They were moving away from the traditional arts toward abstraction.

Modern ArtAlthough The concept of modern art is closely related to modernism (see orange painting above), art in recent times is often called contemporary art or postmodern art.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Modernism arose from wide-scale and far-reaching transformations in Western society  It is considered a philosophical movement with cultural trends and changes, and this where artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian and others came into cultural awareness. Some of the elements that shaped modernism were the development of modern industrial societies in concert with the rapid growth of cities, and then came the devastating horror of World War I.

Along with experimentation with form and techniques, Modernism clearly rejected the concept of realism. Interestingly, Modernism rejected the certainty of Enlightenment thinking, and even of religious belief.

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Horses in Art

Horses have naturally been depicted in art all through history, recurrently portrayed as the horse in battle until modern times. The Renaissance horse paintings during the 4th century included some exceptional portrayals of horses. In 1482 Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to sculpt the largest equestrian statue in the world (which,by the way, was never completed until it was replicated in the late 20th century). Private Art Coach Fort Bragg, California (707) 813-4854Because the beloved horse is no longer important either as a type of transportation or as a war tool, horses are not seen as frequently in modern times. In recent history they are primarily associated with fox hunting, racing, the old west (cowboys and native Americans), and pulling carts, etc. Presently, the field of equine art has gotten very expressive and creative and can be very colorful. Beautiful works of art are seen of horses with wings and unicorn horns, sometimes together. Fantasy equine art is very popular and quite gorgeous.


August 26, 2014 0 Comments