Modern Wall ArtArtwork produced by artists during the period from the 1860s through the 1970s is roughly categorized as modern art. The work produced during this era was characterized by the attitude of throwing away the philosophy and techniques of the previous traditions and experimentation with a never seen before fervour. And this gave rise to a novel way of looking at the materials and functions of art. There a lot of fresh ideas too. In recent times, modern wall art has also been often referred to as contemporary art and post-modern art.
Though it is usually accepted that the Modernist movement began in the 19th century, but it is not difficult to see that the movement had its seeds planted way back. The official date that is held to be the birth date for Modernism in art is 1863 when Edouard Manet's Le dejeuner sur l'herbe was exhibited at the Salon des Refuses in Paris. Other dates that are considered equally important in the history of modern art are the years 1855 when Gustave Courbet exhibited his 'The Artist's Studio' and 1784 which saw Jacques-Louis David complete 'The Oath of the Horatii'. The change that grew so marked in the paintings of this period crept in very gradually.
However, most art historians would agree that Immanual Kant was 'the first real Modernist', meaning that the modernist movement can be traced back to the 'Enlightenment'. The Modernist movement began the gradual process of change through the works of Romantics, Realists and Impressionists which generated immense amount of political and social debate and encouraged the practice of challenging and questioning the rationality of what were the established beliefs in both cultural as well as social circles.
Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, and Futurism were the movements that characterized Modernism in the first decade of the 20th century. The disillusionment that followed the World War I was shown in the movements such as anti-art movements, the Dada movement, and Surrealism. With the Armory Show in 1913, modern art was introduced in the US and the influx of European artists to the U.S. during World War I engendered the next phase of the modern movement.
Though traditional wall art, canvas paintings and sculptures looks very good and are still very popular, modern art has grown in leaps and bounds and today, there is a great demand for modern artwork. There are many art museums that display the work of artists and many of them are known for their work with modern art. Many business houses and individuals too are known to invest a lot of money in wall art paintings, sculptures and other artwork and this is probably why buying art has become so costly now.
But the good news is, you can find good quality unique art at affordable prices as well. And this includes traditional canvas paintings, abstract art and modern art as well. No matter what you want, and wherever you want to put it up, artwork has the potential to magically transform almost any room or lobby. So if modern art is what appeals to you, so go ahead and get what appeals to you. No, you need not burn your pocket.