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Modern Art

The history of art is traced back to cave paintings of regarding 15000 BC.

The nature of paintings modified little till around 1450 AD, when the Renaissance brought-about naturalistic styles and formal rules of composition, such as perspective (Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, etc).

Following the Renaissance, new styles emerged every 50 to one hundred years, but nothing considerably modified (e.g. the foundations of perspective were still applied).

In 1874, Impressionism was born (Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, etc). The term was originally used to form fun of Claude Monet's painting "Impression: Sunrise", but was adopted by artists to describe their style of work. the general public are accustomed to Impressionism, thus i'll not waste words describing the fashion, and move on.

At the top of the 1800s, Impressionism spawned Post Impressionism (Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, etc). whereas Impressionism had remained faithful to nature, Post Impressionism favoured brighter and a lot of unnatural colours.

Next we had Abstraction, where artists (Modigliani, Picasso, etc) modified the appearance of their subject thus it now not looked realistic, by shifting the purpose of read, exaggeration, simplification, etc.

At the risk of over simplifying things myself - Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, and Dada all quickly followed, and were variations on Abstraction. It’s the Dada artists that i need to put in writing regarding.

In 1916, the Dada movement was fashioned amidst despair and revulsion arising from the horrors of World War I. Dada art was intentionally anti-aesthetic, and sought to reject all rules and conventions. many Dada artists thought of their work to be anti-art, and to own the purpose of enraging their audiences.

The single most influential Dada artist was arguably Marcel Duchamp.

Conceptual Art springs from the “Fountain”

As a young boy, Duchamp aspired to become an artist, and took classes in tutorial drawing. He worked in the styles of the time (Post Impressionism, Cubism, etc), but didn't achieve recognition, until 1917, when his notorious ‘Fountain’ modified the face of art.

“Fountain” was a signed urinal. Duchamp claimed it to be a work of art that he had created, because; he chose it, he gave it a name, he placed it in a completely different context, and created a new thought for that object.

In December 2004, Duchamp's Fountain was voted the most influential artwork of the 20th century by 500 selected British art world professionals. The freelance noted in a February 2008 article that with this single work, Duchamp invented conceptual art and "severed forever the standard link between art and merit".

Each person needs to draw his or her own conclusions, but these are mine

Duchamp was taking the "p" (urinal!).

He was an art anarchist, and his aim was to break the art institution. sadly the art institution evolved to embrace his prank, and allowed Duchamp to attain his goal.

Perhaps this happened as a result of Duchamp presented a chance for those equally without skill to enter a world previously closed to them? whatever, over ninety years later, our art galleries, art awards, and media coverage are all filled with "fountains", and the objective of our most notorious present day "artists" still appears to be enraging their audiences. fashionable art has become a awfully weary joke.

Reasoning that anything is art is not any completely different to saying that everything is everything. History has even been rewritten, and the cave paintings currently typically given a new conceptual twist: they weren't decoration, but an early variety of communication.

Detractors of modern art are typically shot down. after we voice our views we are sometimes patronisingly told that we don’t love it as a result of we don’t comprehend it. I do perceive … I honestly do!

The point i am attempting to form is that conceptual art is one very small and polarised viewpoint. It doesn't render all different points of read invalid.

Isn't it time for a change soon?

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