The difference between these artists is shown in their style and their popularity. The name Norman Rockwell is unfamiliar to many, including myself, but nearly everyone has heard of Andy Warhol. It’s strange, for someone has as active in politics as Rockwell, to be less known than Warhol. Both of these artists made ‘controversial’ pieces, but only one of them got the attention of the public. At the name, Rockwell was extraordinarily famous, but Warhol’s name is still used today.
1- Talking about inspirations, I need to divide into three different categories: concept, style, and material.
Throughout history, there have been different types of art that has risen to fame. But why and how has it become such a symbol in the world? So today I picked a well-known painting that many people may have seen and heard about, the American Gothic.
The first person to have influenced Pollock was Frederick Schwankovsky; he “gave Pollock some rudimentary training in drawing and painting, introduced him to advanced currents of European modern art, and encouraged his interest in theosophical literature”(). Their relationship soon ended after Pollock was expelled from Riverside High School. The next person Pollock would come under influence was Thomas Hart Benton, “Pollock’s work was strongly influenced by the compositional methods and regionalist subject matter of his [companion] Benton”. There were many more artists that influenced Pollock, but these above specifically built the fundamentals for young Pollock. Pollock’s style also developed through his influence of achohol, ,apparently after his experiences in psychiatric treatment for alcoholism,his work transformed into semi abstract and “showed the assimilation of motifs from the modern Spanish artists Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, as well as the Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco. Jungian symbolism and the Surrealist exploration of the unconscious also influenced his works of this period”(). Pollock absorbed all the knowledge given and created masterpieces that changed American art forever, the masterpiece created was called Mural, which was a dark interpreatiton of Benton’s
Vincent Van Gogh was the greatest artist in European history. Someone who is the greatest artist in European history must have a life full of art and personal art work. They will have had to work hard to get recognized and must have put lots of effort into their work. They must have very important pieces of art and they need to have invented or created a fantastic new form of art. Although known for his sad depression and unsuccessful first attempts at painting, Vincent Van Gogh is the greatest artist in European history because he was ahead of his time with his impressionist paintings, he never gave up on his artwork, and his paintings are some of the most popular in the world.
The Counterculture was a time where many youthful Americans wanted to live in peaceful, carefree environments. Taking place in the 1960’s, this movement mainly consisted of commonly white, middle-class youths who were upset with the lack of fairness in America. Removing themselves from traditional America, these youth attempted to create a new society filled with peace and love. Members of the counterculture, also known as hippies, felt that America had “grown hollow” in the sense of war and technology. Because of this feeling of living in a hollow world, tens of thousands of youth left their homes, schools, and or work to join what they hoped would be a community of love and tranquility. The hippie era (Age of Aquarius) was not only influenced by rebellious teens but also the nonconformist beat movement of the 1950’s.
Art has been all around us since the beginning of time. It is a way to express feelings or views with a simple paint brush or pencil. It has been evolving through the years and different mediums of art have been made. Two of my most favorite artists are, Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo. Both of these artist have many similar and different aspects in art. Like why did they create art and, how they created art, what styles did they introduce to the era they were living in, and what their most famous art works were.
Warhol died in 1987 and he is just growing in popularity since his death. Warhol ,even though deceased, is still a leader in modern art. He is seen as so influential because he took every day items and made them art. He drew a Campbell's soup can and put color to it and this piece of art is everywhere. He tried to find the connection between “celebrity culture and artistic expression” Warhol has inspired what today is modern contemporary art. Without Warhol art as we know it would be completely different. Andy Warhol completely tore down the boundaries of art. Others just went with how things were and Warhol completely thought outside the box and made everyone who sees an art peice of his look at the world a
message that women are only good for looking pretty, and men were the ones who provided.
In the beginning of the 20th century was the modernism era. It included amazing and famous painters, sculptors, draughtsmen, and printmakers. In this era an amazing artist was born called Henri Matisse. He was born in 31, December 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambrésis in Northern France. He was a painter, sculptor, drafts man, and printmaker. His mother was an amateur painter and his father was a corn merchant. He studied law from 1887 to 1891 and then decided to go to Paris, to become a painter. He drew some amazing paintings and all of them had a story behind it. He drew paintings to pass time. He painted his first masterpiece in 1897, it was called The Dinner Table.
During The Great Depression every family was at it’s weakest point. Harry Hopkins one of President Franklin Roosevelt closest advisor started an experimental program known as the Public Works Art Program. This program was shortly lived, however, Harry Hopkins moving from the Federal Emergency Relief Administration to the Works Progress Administration created the Federal Art Project. The Federal Art Project was created by the WPA as a relief measure to employ artists and artisans. In all this project created more than 200,000 jobs in many different lines of separate work.
Georgia O’ Keeffe is one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century. Her artwork is very distinct and detailed. Without her, modern art would not be what it is today. She is well known for her paintings of landscapes and images of bones against the desert sky.
Roy Lichtenstein was born on October 7, 1963. He grew up in a fairly wealthy family for his time and attended a private school for some parts of his education As a teenager, he took watercolor classes at Parsons School of Design to enhance his artistic abilities and at this time, was more interested in art than ever. In college, Lichtenstein studied with artist Reginald Marsh at the Art Students League in 1939. Lichtenstein studied art throughout college and became an art teacher after graduating. During his college
Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter, theorist and writer. He contributed to the De Stijl art movement. He developed Neoplasticism from non-representational forms. The main elements of his geometrical works were white rectangles, black lines and three primary colors. He loved Jazz music. It shows on his works. He designed never walked into Netherlands when he heard about Jazz music was banned in Netherlands because it harmed the unsophisticated customs. He was born in a turbulent time. However, we can find a sense of peace and order in his work. Perhaps, he wanted to escape from the reality by creating his new world on canvas. Mondrian influenced by Van Gogh. He applied impressionist techniques in his early work, such as still life sketches and landscapes. He used pure colors and expressive brushstrokes under the influence of Luminism, Pointillism and Fauvism. He gained inspirations from religion and music.
Art is used all around the world to express culture. The art forms created by different cultures are shared with one another, and this creates subcultures and links cultures together. It can also create new cultures. This action is called culture globalization (Ma 258). Globalization makes a positive impact on society, for it brings people together. Two differing cultures can connect by sharing art. Art is used at a language for societies to communicate with another, and this can lead to making positive changes around the world. An example of art that has positively changed society would Kendrick Lamar’s hip/hop rap album, “To Pimp A Butterfly.” This album has many songs that bring racial awareness