Art in the 20th Century

20th century art is also known as modern art and is one of the most revolutionary and diverse forms of art. The art form started in the late 19th century with the style known as modernism and various movements such as post-impressionism, art nouveau and symbolism all contributed to helping to create the vibrant style that we think of today as modern art.

Color plays a key role in the art of the 20th century and is a marked step away from the muted colors and restrained subject matters of the artwork of the previous centuries. In fact, when it comes to the art of the 20th century almost anything goes and modern artists are constantly striving to push the boundaries of what exactly can be classified as art to expand the creative consciousness of other artists as well as art lovers.

The beginning of 20th century art is classified by the Fauvism movement in Paris as well Die Brucke in Germany, which translates as The Bridge in English. the Fauvism movement in ParisOne of the key features of Fauvism is the heightened use of non-representational color in figurative paintings. With this movement the color and the form of the painting is more important than their subject matter and in fact to the untrained eye it may often appear that there is no subject at all and the painting rather focuses on the joyful use of colors.

The Die Brucke movement led to the well known expressionism style where the artist uses color and form to evoke emotions in the person viewing the art. Where art was previously rather rigid and controlled, now artists were given the freedom to express themselves artistically in whole new ways. Where art was once thought of as being divine, with the new movements it became more spiritual and some of the prominent artists of the 20th century who developed and embraced new styles are Picasso, Munch, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock.