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Inspirational Art Movements

It is no secret that art has made a powerful impact on society over the years. It has evolved through different styles and techniques, all which are still relevant today. In the following piece, we will explore a few of the most influential ones and how they shaped visual history.

Impressionism is known for its visible brush strokes and vivid colours, attempting to capture natural light and is most used when painting landscapes. It stemmed from France in the 19th century and was used by painters such as Picasso and Monet. This evolved into post-impressionism by Van-Gogh as he moved away from naturalism by rejecting the rules of light and colour, allowing more freedom to experiment with light and colour.

Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night

Another art movement developed in France is Pointillism. Commonly known as ‘dot art’, this is familiarised by its small paint dabs and strokes which develop into strong colours. Pointillism is still popularly used by contemporary artists now such as Yayoi Kusama (a.k.a. Queen of polka dots) and watercolourist Ana Enshina. It is also very much used in fashion, art and tattoos.

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room

One of the most interesting art movements is cubism. Cubism is commonly known as the first abstract style of modern art and was invented by Picasso. This is a very expressive art movement which moves from the idea that art should reflect nature and allow more expressive tendencies of non-western art influence the movement. Cubism is a very popular form of contemporary design even today as it introduces collage into painting.

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