Learn About Famous Artists of Twentieth Century Painting, Veiw their Famous Art
Gustav Klimt, "Emile Floge"
In art history, very recognizable famous artists influenced Twentieth century painting. Artists painting at the end of
the nineteenth century or close to the end were van Gogh, Cezanne, Gogan, and Seurat.
Trends influencing art at this time, and into the early 1900's were symbolism,
impressionism, neo-impressionism, expressionism, fauvism, cubism, art nouveau, and the
Artists were beginning to experiment with subject matter. Reality, or what the artists
viewed in nature, was processed through their own inner vision. Artists began to find a new
freedom to go in their own direction, and then incorporate their new discoveries in their
work. Artists with similar views banded together and formed loosely knit groups that today
are known by the suffix added, ism. Many of these artists in early twentieth century painting
The search for new subject matter and techniques, caused artists to go different
directions in twentieth century painting. The directions were not mutually exclusive, and an
artist's work can sometimes have roots of influence in multiple trends.
The Fauves in the beginning of twentieth century
painting, with Henry Matisse as it's leader, used new bright, bold, intense color to
express form. The impressionists painted in terms of tone forgetting what the object looked
like. They painted light on objects, not the object's form. Cezanne's stated direction for his
paintings was "to make impressionism something solid and durable". He painted with a
universal light, no shadows.
HenryMatisse himself learned color could be an entity unto itself and not used solely
to describe objects in space, while Picasso in the beginning of cubism reduced nature to its
simplest form using angular lines. The symbolist's thought it was their job not only to see
reality in nature, but find a deeper meaning, a meaning related to inner experience. To other
famous painters in art history, symbolism meant fantasy.
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