THE beginning of modernism

THIS COLLECTION OF PAINTINGS ARE FROM A VARIETY OF ARTISTIC MOVEMENTS, BUT SHARE THE COMMON INTEREST OF EXPLORING THE MEDIA AND THE LIMITATIONS OF PAINTING. FOR MANY OF THESE PAINTINGS, SUBJECT MATTER IS MORE ABSTRACT, INCLUDING LIGHT, LINES, PAINT AND FORM. MANY OF THESE ARTISTS PAINT "OFF THE CANVAS". AFTER THE INVENTION OF THE MODERN CAMERA, CAPTURING THE REALITY OF AN IMAGE WAS NOT THE ONLY FOCUS OF PAINTINGS. LIBERATED FROM REFLECTING REALITY, PAINTERS BEGAN TO EXPLORE TOPICS LIKE TIME, WITH MONET'S  EFFORTS TO CAPTURE LIGHT, OR COLOR,  SEEN IN CEZANNE'S FOCUS ON COLOR HELPING THE EYE SEE FORM AND SHAPE. TURNER'S FOCUS ON ABSTRACTION TO CAPTURE LIGHT, AND MATISSE'S FAUVIST CHARM REFLECT THE SHIFT TO MODERN TOPICS IN PAINTING, ALTHOUGH EACH PAINTER'S STYLE WAS DISTINCT AND OFTEN LACK AESTHETIC SIMILARITIES. SOMETIMES THESE ARTISTS WOULD INCLUDE AN ELEMENT THAT COULDN'T LOGICALLY EXIST IN THE PICTURE, SUCH AS MONET'S BARTENDING WOMEN. (bar at Folie...)  IN THIS PICTURE, YOU SEE A MAN IN THE MIRROR THAT DOESN'T FIT IN THE PORTRAIT. LIKEWISE, WITH MATISSE, THE CHAIR IS REALLY SITTING IN SPACE (AS IS OFTEN SEEN IN HIS WORK). MONET'S BLACK BARS IN HIS PAINTING REINFORCE THE MEDIA AND PROTRUDE OR SEEM CLOSER TO THE VIEWER ON THE RIGHT HALF THAN THE LEFT- MONET MAKES ROOM IN THE SPACE FOR THE MOTHER TO SIT. MANY ART HISTORIANS BELIEVE THAT THESE PAINTERS USED SUBJECT MATTER AS A STARTING POINT TO CREATE ART INSTEAD OF THE END GOAL. 

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