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Introduction to Flatness

Since humankind first began using tools to depict figurative forms in an artistic medium, the greatest challenge has been dealing with the two-dimensional surface. From cave drawings forward, artists have continuously experimented with new ways to create a sense of visual depth and three-dimensionality on something that is naturally flat. In times predating the Impressionists, the ultimate goal for artists was to achieve a visual balance of perspective, volume and three-dimensionality. This began to change when Edouard Manet and other artists challenged such painterly conventions. However, the idea of flatness as an artistic concept was not a conscious concern until the early 20th century.


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