Modern Art



The notion of modern art is closely related to Modernism. Modern art is a universal term which is used to designate most of the artistic production from the late 19th century until around the 1970s. By the late 19th century, quite a lot of movements influenced by modern art had begun to appear. Influences upon these movements were varied. At the time, the generally held belief was that art should be exact in its representation of objects, but that it should be intended at expressing the superlative, or the domestic.

Modern art refers to the then new approach to art. In modern art it was no longer important to signify a subject realistically. The discovery of photography had made this function of art outdated. As an alternative, artists started trying out with new ways of seeing, with fresh ideas about the nature, materials and functions of art. This definitely moves us further toward abstraction.

The names of modern artists who have played an important role in the history of modern art can be given below:

  • Ismail Acar
  • Max Ackermann

  • Francis Bacon
  • Giacomo Balla
  • Alexander Calder
  • Norman Carlberg
  • Carlo Carra
  • Salvador Dali
  • Ronald Davis
  • Robert Delaunay and many more.

Modern art was heavily criticized while it was being produced. People complained that modern art was indistinguishable from non-art like

  • A solid-colored canvas,
  • A pile of assorted objects,
  • Random cacophony etc.

Although some installation of modern art received critical approval, disapproval was the most common reaction among the general public. Much of the work could only be cherished by other artists and could not be understood without reading the artist's account.
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