Friday, January 3, 2014

Is Modern art same as contemporary art?

The terminology "modern art" isn’t that simple and easy as it appears. Relatively, we can say that it is a bit intricate; the single most imperative thing anyone should to know about Modern Indian art is that it's quite different from Contemporary Art. Generally, the terms modern and contemporary appears to be the same as per the dictionary meaning. You can swap words "modern" and "contemporary" in the English language. But, you will be amazed to know that as per the world of art these two terms have different definitions.

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As per good rule of thumb:

Modern Art: Modern artwork was prevalent during the era of Impressionists and continued till the 1960s or 70s.

Contemporary Art: This form of artwork came into existence during 1960s or 70s and has continued till this very moment.

As per the research and studies conducted by the archeologist, it has been believed that Modern Art emerged at the end of the 19th century, say around 1863. While this is an acceptable taxonomy, strong arguments have been put forth in the same concern. Through these debates it has been found that it has been assumed that Modern Art began at a variety of different dates.

Well, depending on these surveys, Modern Art is said to have initiated either during:
  • Romanticism (the Romantic Movement), in the approximate period from 1800 to 1850.
  • Realism, in the 1850s,
  • Daguerreotypy, in 1839, can be called as creation of a direct positive image,
  • In 1846, the renowned writer, Charles Baudelaire, called upon artists to "be of their time",
  • The first ever exhibition by Impressionist in 1874 has also been considered as turning point in the field of artwork or
  • Last but not the least, emergence of Neo-Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism.
In the end, we would conclude by saying that these two forms of art have remarkably influenced the populace of the different eras and will still continue to do that in the centuries ahead. Nowadays, many eminent artists are selling their artwork through various online platforms that you can buy from any Indian art gallery online.

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