The works and paints that were made between the 1860s to the 1970s are called modern art. In this period, the world witnessed developments in art that were never seen before. Many of these are now considered by many as some of the finest humanity has to offer.
It is during this period that traditions that were seemingly set in stone were broken and notions of what art stood for was questioned extensively.
In this article, we look at some of the best works that were produced during this art period.
Marilyn Diptych by Andy Warhol
The Marilyn Diptych contains 50 images of the actress Marilyn Monroe. The image is divided in two. The left side of the picture includes pictures that are evenly, although vividly, colored whereas the right side is made up of monochrome images of the actress. The interesting fact about the right side is that it starts fading away towards the end of the picture. Many believe this to be symbolic of the actress’s regression in moral standards. It was released in the year 1962, a few weeks after the death of the actress.
The Treachery Of Images
Created by Rene Magritte, a prominent figure in the surrealist movement, contains the caption “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” which translates to “This isn’t a pipe.” The caption instructs the viewer that what they see is only an image and not the object itself.
Although Magritte’s fellow surreal artists focused more on the unnatural depiction of the world, there was a sense of ambiguity in the simple paintings that Magritte painted as they looked very real. The Treachery of Images was released in the 1920s as part of his world-image paintings.
Les Demoiselles D’Avignon
Les Demoiselles D’Avignon is regarded as the painting that ushered cubism as well as modern art, and it was created by Pablo Picasso in the year 1907. It is also considered by many to be one of the most influential paintings to be released in the 20th century. But at the time, it sparked many controversies mainly due to what the painting had to offer as it had five female prostitutes. When it was first exhibited in 1916, the name of the painting was changed as it translated to “The Brothel of Avignon.”
The Persistence of Memory
Created by Salvadore Dali, the painting features watches that are melting on top of rocks and trees. Employing concepts of hard and soft, the watches are shown to melt in order to represent the nature of the world, soft and hard.