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Classical to Contemporary – Changes in the Journey of Art!

June 07 , 2022
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Meaning of Art

Art, just by reading the word, we feel aesthetic and manifest something beautiful, right? Don’t we all? Art means a lot of art forms in today’s times, such as well-written lyrics of poems or songs are the form of art, an excellent direction of a movie or the brilliant acting of actors is a piece of art, a theme from any music video or a live performance might count as an art form, but in this article, we’re going to talk about the only art form, which is none other than the original mainstream art, which is an art piece made on canvas or wall or carved in stone by the artist.

Overview of the journey

Of course, it is likely to happen decade by decade, century by century, artists change, and so does the art style. In mediaeval times or before that, people had different mindsets, cultures, and lifestyles than present times, so, relatively speaking, their art pieces or ideas behind wonderful works were based on those various variables. However, beginning in the nineteenth century, the emphasis shifted from classical art to marvellous modern art until 1960. Again, this current art period did some experiments and differentiated the new art from the old art by adding the flavour of individuality. Since 1970, contemporary art has been in vogue because it gave artists the most potent ingredient they want more than anything else, "freedom.” Now enough about brief information; let’s move on to detailed clarity on these tremendous changes during the evolution of art.

Classics from the Classical period

To begin with, classical art forms are chiefly centred around myths and stories from the old days. If you look at any classical art piece and observe it for some time, you’ll notice that it involves the culture of that time with a mythical tale attached to it in most of the works. It may be b at that time; it was the era of kings and their nation rather than ordinary people living under the government. Most of the artworks were created only to please kings so that they could put them in their palaces or gift them to each other, either to their children or wives. Some were even dedicated to centering religion on places like churches and temples, which contained biblical stories or godlike figures of super-powerful mythic characters. Undoubtedly, the imagination put into a demonstration of stories in the form of a piece of art is honourable and fully deserves the top places in history. Various nations approached their own rules and made their old art pieces, bu. Still, due lack of connection with other countries, they were devoid of uniformity and ubiquitous approach, effect, or appeal. However, if you look at it through different lenses, that’s why we got to witness a variety of works presenting a variety of cultures, which is excellent. Some famous examples include John Flaxman, a British sculptor and draughtsman known for his prolific creation of funerary monuments such as the Monument to Sir Robert Ladbroke during the neoclassicism and classicism periods, Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other classics, Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, and Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Modernization of art

In the late 19th century, the modern art concept replaced or rearranged classical art in an individualistic manner. From the word "modern," we think now, but no, it was ‘now’ from 1860 to 1970 (it differs), so basically, modern art is not that contemporary compared to now, but yes, it is compared to classical. Focus shifted from stories and mythology to the artist’s dreams, abstraction, symbolism, and personal iconography. This modernization in art form gave rise to a plethora of genres whose names end in "ism''Cubism, Fauvism, Surrealism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Post-Impressionism, and the like are the creations of this modern century period. Fundamentally, contemporary art is a current form of paintings and drawings, unlike the classical state of the art. Prime examples of modern art include the famous Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. This painting was made from his memory and views from his balcony, leaving an impression of the artist's imagination and individuality. The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali is another popular piece of art depicting the artist’s point of view about time. Pablo Picasso’s Three Musicians is another example of a masterpiece and unique oil painting art in the period of modern art.


Following modern art’s end at the end of the 20th century came contemporary art, which means it started after 1970 and is still going on. Contemporary art has revolutionised the art industry. It has provided artisans with the one thing potent, powerful and crucial in making art—freedom. Cutting-edge technology and liberalism are two fuels in the modern art engine that keep the train of new ideas moving. Unlike tools used in the classical and contemporary periods, contemporary artists now use digital screens and canvas artwork. Technology has improved the quality of art with a plethora of innovative and easy-to-use features that artists are now everywhere in every corner of the world. Art is being formed every second. So imagine how much uniqueness is out there in the form of creativity and art. Art, until the late 20th century, was static, but thanks to novel tech arts, they are now dynamic, either in animation or video structure. In the old days, words were used as a power to empower any movement. However, in the contemporary epoch, art forms are being used as a thought-provoking medium, the excellent, most significant freedom, and the whole concept of art. From mental health issues like stress, anxiety, and depression disorders to political issues like racism, gender issues, feminism, war, and poverty, illustrations made by present artists are helping and influencing billions of people. Young artists find new ways to communicate with other people by expressing their feelings or views in digital art and spreading them on social media platforms to reach out for help or awareness. From Damien Hirst's The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hirst, Infinity Mirror Room by Yayoi Kusama, Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons, from Olafur Eliasson Weather Project (2003), a giant artificial sun installed inside London's Tate Modern; and Ice Watch (2019), huge ice blocks left to substantial in major cities to raise awareness about the climate crisis, are both fantastic examples of contemporary art that pique people's interest. Good changes have happened in this journey from classical to contemporary, from making art for people’s pleasure to making art to change young minds about vital issues. Art has created a tremendous impact on our lives. Agree? Just, imagine what would happen if today’s artists and yesterday’s artists switched places!


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