Modernism of Art
As societies develop in understanding and complexity, the themes that artists are able to express themselves through become fewer and it has made it hard for artists to predict their audiences’ reception correctly. Artists have to be careful with how they use symbolism and other artistic tools to pass their message to ensure they are not prejudicial against any group, class, creed, or race. This led to many social topics being ignored for fear of raising controversy and furthering the status quo that existed even though the topics and themes continued to be seen in many literary and art works. This led to the rise of a historically conscious faction among the Western privileged society that sought to understand the building blocks of each society and how they influence the present. This culture is known as the avant-garde and its origins coincided with the scientific revolution in Europe.
This new class was averse of politics though they had to align themselves with revolutionary politicians in their fight against the status quo that existed. The avant-garde also maintained their links to their privileged society because of the monetary support they continued to enjoy from them. The avant-garde played the important role of ensuring cultural continuity in a time that was plagued by uncertainty and unrest with the literary and artistic poets creating pieces that transcended the barriers that society had created. These pieces elicited an interest and interpretation that was free from prejudice and allowed people to appreciate the art works for their own beauty and not for what they might infer from them. Another culture, the reargarde, also emerged from the emigrants who although they learnt how to read and write were still denied the privilege of partaking in the refined arts and found them too boring for their liking. This new culture was based on industrialization and academics forming the Kitsch, which has outgrown its classical cousin in both popularity and marketability with huge profits.
Many people in America today are turning their focus to art though most argue that their creations are based on the themes from French paintings making them look like recreations. Some painters have however come up with unique techniques that make their works stand out as fresh and draw their inspiration from both earlier European and American painters. These artists use their canvas to show their emotions and events as opposed to simply reproducing objects in their surroundings. They employed a sort of laissez-faire approach to their work, which meant that even they had no idea as to what the outcome of a painting session would result in. This effect was brought about by the fundamental difference in which these painters regarded their minds as the canvas and the canvas as a screen to enable others to share in his visions.
Such paintings can only be truly appreciated if the audience is privy to the life experiences of the painter since they are a representation of his state of mind and body at the time of the painting much like poetry. Such works can only be interpreted by focusing on the way the artist uses different variations of hue and intensity to portray feelings and can be highly subjective. The new kind of criticism necessary for the appreciation of these modern works is becoming increasingly complex with artistic freedom growing in leaps and bounds, having, and taking over many projects including architecture.