During the latter part of the 19th Century, there were a rising number of painters who began to break the trend of socially acceptable methods and careful execution of their artistic compositions. Artists began receiving opposition from the churches as they explored subject matter differing from the overly used heroic interpretations of that day. More and more artists began emerging, displaying works of art that depicted ordinary lifestyles in day and night scenes that completely changed the direction of its contemporaries. Since then, the Modern Art era is considered to be composed of artistic interpretations from 1860 to 1970, and will always be considered a turning point in where traditional forms of artwork made a significant change, as artists began to experiment with new colors and subject matter.
Over the years Modern Art and the movements that have followed its creation, has been characterized by any type of work that has pushed past its origin. For example, when Modern Art first hit the scene, the world was rapidly changing and artists wanted to depict these changes in their work. Since this form or art greatly differed from all previous formats, it opened up an unlimited supply of inspiration and criticism. This particular era lasted till around 1960. After this time period, workings created were known to be of the post-modernism time frame. Today, most of the 20th century “modern art” styles are really a very diverse range of movements. However, Modern Art, in all its forms has completely shaped our interpretation and appreciation for artwork of all types.
Much like with any type of change, at first many people did not take lightly to the new direction in modern artwork. Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso shocked and amazed people with their twisted interoperations of life scenes and mature subject matter. At first, these painters were considered outlaws in their own right, however, as time passed, so did the naivety of their viewers. As time passed, people understood the artistic genius behind famous paintings such as Dejuener sur l’Herbe, Starry Night, and The Scream. This revolution in artistic expressionism is only thanks to a handful of brave pioneers who paved the way for other extremely talented artists, who after seeing these famous pieces were inspired to do the same.
The benefits to this form of expressionism can be seen today. In architecture, many building structures follow the same patterns that artists create when designing shapes and patterns. Many people have adopted the “modern” concept when decorating their homes. Different color schemes, furniture styles, and centerpieces all have some form of modern art incorporated into their design. We see this type of artwork everyday in magazines, posters, commercial art, and on virtually every landscaping scheme. Most people don’t realize how much modern artwork has shaped their preferences and their overall lifestyles. It is only fair then, that we pay respect to the young artists of the 19th century, who through their brave exploration of their artistic abilities were able to create what we know today as Modern Art.