Modern Art and Finding the Piece that Speaks to You

Since the beginning of the 19th century, art has transformed into something much more fluid, 3D and expressionist. With this, there have been numerous sub-genres of modern art leaking into the realms of sculptures and architecture.
Some examples of modern art tropes include: futurism, cubism, fauvism, symbolism, pop art, minimalism, expressionism, metaphysical painting, abstract expressionism, dada, surrealism, De Stijl and more.
Today, I wanted to talk you through five of these different types of modern art you’ll find by artists in a 2021 reality. The idea is to help demystify the inherent properties of modern art in order for you to find out how to choose home décor as an extension of yourself. Or, in essence, to find the right masterpiece that truly speaks to you.
  1. Minimalism 
Formed in 1950s USA, this form of artwork compliments conceptual art in that it focuses on the one feature or two simple features to the piece.
This can be a very calming art piece, where it isn’t busy, it isn’t screaming with personality or stories, it is simply whispering its nature.
Back in the 1950s, Frank Stella famously exhibited his ‘Black Paintings’ at the Museum of Modern Art. While initially a subject of confusion for many art lovers, it because a pinnacle for mindful exploration. Suddenly, words were not the only things to have underlying connotations or subjectivity.
These pieces of art best work in a neutral place of your home such as the hallway or a study. They dance around the room providing notes of colour and depth without causing too much distraction or a statement.
  1. Abstract Expressionism
As it says on the tin, the artistry behind these types of pieces offer an abstract view of life. Whether it’s taking in a skyline with so-called calculated spontaneity and simplistic strokes that depict blurred puddle reflections, there’s much more of a story to be heard.
From skylines and seascapes to characters and objects, there’s nothing out of the question for abstract work; especially when it comes to the rainbow of originality that dances between each new creative mind.
For more of an idea on the abstract acrylic paintings that could be adorning your wall, avert your gaze toward my site; MadhavFineArt.
With vibrant pieces such as Dancing Colours and other single-scale palette pieces such as The Street Lights 2, you’ll become inundated with abstract expressionist possibilities.
  1. Pop Art
Another start-up for the 1950s art community, pop art is a fantastic and vibrant art style that drew inspiration from popular and comic culture.
Think, comic book art and the classic Andy Warhol block rendition of Marylin Monroe that hangs on the wall of so many across the world.
However, while it was original, it became a controversial art topic due to its perceived ‘low’ subject matter. Though, it is still often considered the beginnings to postmodern art we see today.
And, it has become much more accepted. To the point where we can look at the art and allow it to frame a wall and create the right statement as a personification of ourselves rather than trends and what other people will accept in our homes.
  1. Futurism
If there were ever a way to artistically render the fourth dimension, it would be throughout the paint strokes of futurism.
The idea of futurism was founded by Italian sculpture artist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and was used to depict energy with movement. Making it a strong tale to be told in the living room of those with full lives.
Resonating with speed and action, futurism is an amalgamation of normality with an edge that brings it to life. Vibrations around a face, convex and awkward architecture, extreme block colours and additions of geometry that truly bring life into your interiors.
  1. De Stijl
The final in this group of five types of modern art is De Stijl, meaning ‘the style’ in Dutch. The importance being strict adherence to a rule of lines and geometry to governs this minimalist-rendition of art whereby to notable features include thick black vertical and horizontal lines, often with squares coloured in the classic red, yellow or blue.
It was originally formed in the early years of the twentieth century, we can thank a couple of Dutch artists who wanted to create a magazine based on the new artistic practice.
The publication was a success among many artists and architects throughout the area who loved to incorporate such stringent lines.
There is a true mindset that perfectly couples with this style; with minimal colour, stunning parallels and a clean-cut design, it can be a calm addition to any room when thinking about how to choose home décor.
As these are a few of the most notable types of modern art, consider which speak to you the most. Which type provides the sublime connection when you envision how to choose home décor with art?
For more information on what to do with your art and why it’s important, have a look at some of my other articles: “Using Art to Create a Statement Wall: Everything You Need to Know”, “Fun and Unique Ways to Frame Art in Your Home” and “The Secret Benefits Behind Hanging Original Handmade Paintings on Your Wall”.

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