The art of the twentieth century is art of newness and exploration. The art of these times is a historical commentary on the world’s shift from the traditional to the modern, from the classical to the contemporary. Specifically, the art of the mid-twentieth century was about exploring new ways in which to utilize paints and mediums, it was about pushing the boundaries of our perceptions of what art was and is, and forever will be. New concepts of composition arose, abandoning the usual ideas of depth and space as seen in nature, artists in these influential years began experimenting with a more two dimensional approach, creating depth not through scale and shading, but rather through colors and shapes. However, these artist’s works were far from flat as they challenged the traditionalist’s creation of three dimensions through representation by instead evoking both depth and mood through non-representation.
Through the surrealism movement Salvador Dali who through his own interpretation discovered a new world based on the unconscious mind by portraying his ideas and thoughts on a canvas. Surrealism was a milestone in twentieth century art with the way it incorporated the subconscious mind into the art world. Surrealism not only opened a whole new door to the art world, but was also a cultural movement. The surrealist movement was a heterogeneous movement, including, poets, photographers, and later on influenced the making of objects and films. Surrealism is a form of art that focuses on interpreting the occurrence of dreams and stressing the subconscious mind.
Furthermore I will attempt to outline how his use of subversion of tradition has helped to develop and heighten the participatory role of the spectator and the relationship with the artist. I am lead to question why Duchamp was such a strong influential figure in the art world. Perhaps it is Duchamp’s playful and questioning approach to art that helped to pave the way for artistic freedom of expression and ideas. For instance after the Second World War art began to move rapidly and we saw the emergence of movements such as pop art, minimalism, conceptualism and Fluxes. Marcel Duchamp was associated with the Dada surrealism movement due to his “anti-art” approach.
The author of the poem was born in the era of 50’s where there is an influential movement occurred at that time which involves massive change on literature works by many artist. This movement presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, etc. In pop art, material is sometimes visually removed from its known context, isolated, or combined with unrelated material, known as installation art. The concept is employing such aspect like mass culture and gives the idea of abstract expressionism. It is aimed to gives images of given culture in such ironic way to emphasise the poor taste because of its excessiveness.
What did modernists hope to achieve? Discuss with reference to one poem and one story – The Love Story of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot and The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf Modernism refers to the radical and sudden shift in the post WWI period of the social and cultural views of the public, from Victorian realism to a style with a focus on a profoundly pessimistic picture of a society in chaos. It was brought about by newly developing ideas about how the mind works, by people such as Freud, a shift in politics on issues such as the Great War, and modern industrialisation and beginnings of mass production. This all resulted in a society that for the first time was challenging the norm views about Christianity and revelation, science and the universe and even reality itself.
ORDINARY CULTURE AND RADICAL SUBVERSION IN DUCHAMP’S “L.H.O.O.Q.” There is no question that the work of French artist Marcel Duchamp in the early 20th century was radical, subversive and deeply defiant of prevailing and traditional cultural values and tastes in the time he lived in, and an exemplification of this is his 1919 piece L.H.O.O.Q. But when examining his works it may be clear to what extent Duchamp was simply setting out to defy or destroy the past, and whether the “anti-art” movement truly was opposed to art in and of itself. However anyone so important to the history of art cannot be so easily dismissed as abjectly and single-mindedly opposed to the milieu in which he worked and influenced so many; “even the abolition of art is respectful of art because it takes the truth claim of art seriously” (Adorno 1970). Under further examination of L.H.O.O.Q. and other pieces in his oeuvre, it becomes clear that Duchamp’s intention was not simply to destroy art, but to expand our conceptions of it, challenge it, and in doing so enrich it, and even underscore the artists and artistic traditions that preceded him.
The masterpieces of Picasso and Theodore were epic works. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and The Raft of the Medusa differ by the styles of such artists. Gericault's fine art contributed to the Romantic era, as Picasso's introduced Cubism. The Raft of the Medusa lacks any vibrant color which gives a dark emotion, unlike Les Demoiselles' color tones that distinguishes its background and angles. The energy depicted in the canvas of the Raft of the Medusa is the feeling of movement due to the dramatic poses contributed.
“As traditional art forms had become out-dated due to industrialization, modernism emerged in Western Europe out of a need to reject tradition and embrace the political, social and economic change of the industrial age” (Arteducation.com.au 2009). The paintings around this period were more focused on academic and social aspects rather than the traditional forms of religious and political institutions that were used earlier, as these were seen by the radical modernists to be restrictive of individual liberty. Artists sought to seek out the finer things in everyday life and to focus on these things. While most of the artists around this period were depicting truth through their work others were carrying out more abstract forms of art such as Pablo Picasso that would strip away the material things of the world (Arteducation.com.au 2009). One of the most well known images from this era is the work of Edvard Munch and his panting ‘The Scream’ (Fig.
The websites mentioned earlier should also assist? an art movement early in the 20th century; the artist's subjective expression of inner experiences was emphasized; an inner feeling was expressed through a distorted rendition of reality 1. Artwork 1/Artist 1: Expressionist Era
You might have noticed already how Reyle’s art work has colors and textures that for an instance “[do not] fit, or work against other elements of the piece, or [do not] work at all in the conventional sense of tasteful composition;” (ref 3) hereby creating his art work special and unique. It was not too long until he had constructed an incredible achievement in his practices of painting. In his art piece Untitled, (2007) (see figure 1) it is visually possible to distinguish this notion of being in contrast from the colors and textures that were applied. It is like if