Art is a human creative skill, which is demonstrated through imaginative designs, sounds, or ideas. Art and artistic skills have been integral to our Histories. Events, life styles, and the other prevalent things, were all depicted through the various art forms of those times. Art has been evolving with thoughts, ideas, events, times, and technological developments, and is the father of today’s Graphical Illusions.
The Ancient History of Art dates back to as many as 2 million years ago, to the Stone Age. The first Stone Tools used to create impressions, can be said to be the initial ideas of Art. Ancient Art is actually a symbolic representation of information about the life styles and the representation of facts by the people of those times, who framed a strong ground for Art. Since then, Art has been transforming to accommodate the changes and the improvements of every era to suit connoisseurs’ tastes and ideas.
History of Art. Prior to taking up the Modern Art Concepts, lets take a look at the different art ages:
o Pre Historic Art / Paleolithic (2million years ago – 13000B.C)
o Ancient Art (from 3000 B.C – 331 B.C)
o Medieval to Early Renaissance Art (373 B.C – 1453 A.D)
o Renaissance to Early Modern Art (1453 – 1800 A.D)
o Pre Modern Art (1800 – 1880 A.D)
o Modern Art (1880 – 1945 A.D)
o Contemporary Art (1945 – Present age)
History of Modern Art started with Impressionism as its main frame and continued its revolution with the gradual additions and the deletions in the second half of 19th century. New art styles and movements disappeared at an increasingly fast pace, reflecting the growing rate of changes in our society.
The Impressionist painters preferred to paint outdoors and studied the effect of light on the objects, creating wonderful arts such as, landscapes and scenes from daily life. This trend continued until 1905. Then the present day thinkers added impressive, vivid colors to the Modern Arts, thereby bringing pictures into life. They called it Fauvism. Expressionists followed Fauvism in 1979. Expressionism was a kind of German Modern Art version of Fauvism, conveying its expressions.
The second movement of Modern revolution brought Expressionism, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco Movements. They were new Arts concepts with highly decorative style, dedicated to natural art forms. Art Deco was primarily a design style popular in 1920-1930’s, which is a follow up of Art Nouveau. These art forms showed their domination in the mass production of Fashion, Furniture, Jewelry, Textiles, Architecture, Commercial Print Making, and Interior Decorations.
Modern Art Movement III was another revolutionary movement of Modern Art, which was majorly restricted to paintings and sculptures. Nevertheless, it had vital influence on the development of Modern Art. Cubism came, where images were converted into cubes, or other geographical forms, followed by Surrealism, emphasizing the unconscious & the importance of dreams, and finally came the Abstract Art, which was creating art with several abstracts joining.
Pop Art Movement and Optical Art Movement (OP Art) came into picture after debating with Abstract Artists, as these artists considered Abstract Arts as too sophisticated and elite for the general masses to understand. The Pop Art and the Optical Art Artists brought art back into the daily lives of people through Simple Sketches, Comics, and Picture Arts, as seen naturally in daily life. Optical Art was again a transformation of art into reduced geographical forms, sometimes in Black & White contrast and sometimes in brilliant, contrast colors.
Modern Art period is the era where forms change to different levels, beyond Manual Paintings to Photography eventually. The art revolution continues in the current Pro-modern Art/ Contemporary Art period with the art forms changing to Visual Graphics and 3D animations.