Modern Art and Abstract Expression

Art is a broad spectrum of human activities including creative imagination, beauty, emotion, technical skill, or purely visual concepts to express some idea, beauty, or intellectual passion. In the past, art was regarded as an exclusive domain of the upper classes in European society. Although the term “art” does come from the Latin root artis, it has been continually used to denote any form of creative endeavor. Although the word “art” does have a reference to human activity, it can be considered a universal term because it is used in many other contexts, for example, in business and politics, literature, and music. There are many arguments as to whether art is a human activity or merely a form of entertainment.


Modern art started in the late 19th century with the creation of Pop Art, a style of modern art that combined elements of abstract expressionism and imagery. In reaction to Pop Art, avant-garde artists and conceptual artists sought a more sculpted, realistic style of art that focused more on the artist’s sense of physical form rather than color. Some of the most prominent early figures in the art movement were Renoir, Monet, de Kooning, and Monet.

Today, contemporary art continues to explore the depths of expression through a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, performance art, and photography. Impressionism marked the beginning of modern art, and many artists who followed after Impressionism are still widely regarded as masters. Examples of Impressionist paintings include The Night Cafe (1926), The Rocks (1927), The Painted Face (1927), and The Seated Man (1927). Art lovers are often drawn to contemporary art for its boldness and beauty. Many contemporary artists combine elements of various types of art to create works of unique beauty.