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The Varieties Of Western Paintings

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Few things elicit favorites of western paintings quite like phrases such as post-impressionism, romanticism, and neo-classicism.  Popular 19th century artists such as Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Caspar David Friedrich are just a few names that often arise in this popular period of art and innovation leading the way for many of the modern artists recognized around the world.  Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse are just a couple of the many artists that will leave an impression on the way art is experienced today.

A lot of the early art was primarily depicted with representation; today, artists are more conceptual and abstract.  However, Western paintings are respected and adored around the world because of its beauty and symbolism.  Even the modes by which artists create beautiful works of art have changed with the ages.  Using technologies popular of the day changes the way artists work, and as such, the artistry differs a great deal from one century to the next.

Often, the likes and dislikes of the viewers will dictate popular culture as well.  However, most artists perform according to what is known.  Many wonderful pieces of art have been developed because of popular ideals of the region.  Art is about what the artist feels, and that art touches others because it can elicit similar feelings within the viewer.

Historically, even ancient societies utilized the power of art.  Beautiful Egyptian artwork can be seen throughout the world in museums and online.  That amazing art withstood the tests of time, and today, can give modern people a good idea of what life was like for those ancient peoples.  Representation can be seen within Greek and Roman artwork, too.

Of course, Western paintings depict important values of the era.  The Middle Ages brought people the Dark Ages and many intriguing Medieval works of art.  The art of the day had a lot of religious overtures because religion was such an important part of everyday life.  Even the Dark Ages was wisely named because the life of the people was so dark and often negative.  As such, the popular art was also extremely dark, and today, people can look at the artwork left behind to see the hardships and struggles faced by the people.

Abstraction is a wonderfully unique part of Western paintings.  Pioneers such as Van Gogh led the way for today’s Expressionism.  Abstract art is a skewed vision of reality put into an artistic format.  The beauty of Abstraction is that people can see something different in the same work of art.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that statement has never held more truth than when experienced through some of the modern Expressionism of today.

Western paintings are a popular look at the history of the world.  Each artist depicts popular reality of the time through a variety of available mediums.  Whether on a vase or a canvas, many works of art have survived today allowing for an interesting look back at society and the reality of the people of the time.  Artwork is history, and history is preserved as seen by the way it influences today’s artists to higher experiences for all to appreciate.


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