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Art Theory and Art Critics

Ideas and concepts related to modern art are explored in this section, along with the overviews of the most important critics and historians that shaped and influenced the progression of art. The desktop version of this page has much more content, visit this page when you are at your computer!


Modern art

represents an evolving set of ideas among a number of painters, sculptors, writers, and performers who - both individually and collectively - sought new approaches to art making. Although modern art began, in retrospect, around...
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is best understood by defining the modernist ethos it replaced - that of the avant-garde who were active from 1860s to the 1950s. The various artists in the modern period were driven by a radical and forward thinking approach...
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Other Concepts


A painting's form is composed of its basic elements: color, line, composition, and texture...
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The philosophy of Existentialism was an influential undercurrent in art of the 1940s and 1950s...
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Art for Art's Sake

The phrase 'art for art's sake' condenses the notion that art has its own value and should be...
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