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Modern Art. A History from Impressionism to Today

Modern Art. A History from Impressionism to Today

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In the 1860s, a group of painters in Paris known as the Impressionists began using quick, loose brushwork to paint pictures of everyday street life. This was the first attack on the artistic establishment and led to a succession of modernist styles, including Symbolism, Expressionism, Futurism, Dada, abstract art, renewed Realism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimal, and conceptual practice. This overview traces the restless energy of modern art through a year-by-year succession of groundbreaking artworks that shook standards and broke down barriers.

Format: Hardback
Length: 696 pages
Publication date: 18 December 2020
Publisher: Taschen GmbH

The modern art journey, widely acknowledged by art historians, embarked upon its transformative path in the vibrant city of Paris during the 1860s. A collective of artists, who would later be recognized as the Impressionists, embarked on a revolutionary artistic endeavor, characterized by their use of rapid, loose brushwork. Instead of opting for grandiose heroic scenes, they chose to capture the essence of everyday street life, offering a fresh perspective on artistic expression. In defiance of the strict rules and regulations of the Salon, these visionary artists took matters into their own hands, organizing independent exhibitions that showcased their work.

This audacious act marked the beginning of a relentless pursuit of artistic innovation and challenge. The modernist movement, characterized by an ever-evolving array of styles, emerged and flourished. From Symbolism to Expressionism, Futurism to Dada, abstract art to renewed Realism, Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, Pop to Minimal and conceptual practice, the artistic landscape was transformed in breathtaking ways. Each movement brought with it a unique vision and approach, pushing the boundaries of what was considered art and challenging the established norms.

This comprehensive overview, spanning a century of artistic evolution, offers a captivating journey through the restless energy of modern art. It presents a year-by-year succession of groundbreaking artworks that shook standards, broke down barriers, and forever altered the course of artistic history. Introductory essays provide insightful perspectives on the most significant and influential movements, accompanied by explanatory texts for each major work and its visionary artist. By delving into the rich tapestry of modern art, this invaluable resource serves as a testament to the boundless creativity and innovation that continue to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

Weight: 1130g
Dimension: 205 x 152 x 47 (mm)
ISBN-13: 9783836555395

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