Modern art opens up a broad spectrum of innovation and movements that cropped up in the mid-19th century. The Industrial Revolution ushered in a series of changes in the society, thereby forming the platform for a series of movements. These movements have left a huge impact on the art and culture of the contemporary period.
For instance, the 20th century has witnessed a huge influx of new artistic techniques and materials, not to mention the modes of expression! you can look for curated portfolio of carefully selected artworks online.
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The history of modern art can be traced to a group of French artists who broke from the formal, realistic art of their contemporaries thus introducing the movement of Impressionism. Notable among the Impressionist painters were Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro and Pierre Auguste Renoir of France and Alfred Sisley of England.
Impressionists, through the dramatic use of light and color, introduced a whole new approach to art. The tradition became highly popular and evolved to give rise to a number of Post-Impressionistic movements.
Hailed as one of the prime Post-Impressionistic movements, Fauvism, believed in the use of simplified designs in combination with an "orgy of pure colors". The famous artists during this period were Henri Matisse, Andre Derain, Maurice de Vlaminch, Kees van Dongen and Raoul Dufy.
In 1880, there emerged a new elaborate style of art called Art Nouveau. The painting of Gustave Klimpt, whose stunningly adorned, often mysterious women became the rage of the time.