American Painting Today

American Painting Today

American Painting Today

American Painting Today

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A brief résumé of some of the experiments, developments and influences in CONTEMPORARY ART

"The future of Art is no longer linked definitely with the success of this or that group. We should seek rather to mirror the results of this widespread activity and grasp its fundamental basis."

--from an editorial in L'Amour De L'Art

THE IMPACT of the Armory Exhibition in 1913 made the American public conscious that "time was marching on" and that new widespread activities following in the wake of scientific, political and artistic developments were giving the art of the twentieth century a new face and a different inner character.

In 1886, in an exhibition in Paris led by Manet and Monet, Impressionism was established. Some years before, Delacroix had said, "Let us banish from our palette all earth colors; keep the brush-strokes distinct, not fused, and thus secure energy and freshness; the greater the opposition in color, the greater the brilliance." The Impressionists based the tenets of their philosophy on his ideas. They believed in creating an illusion of light and atmosphere in the subjects they painted. To paint objects enveloped in light became not only an artistic problem, but a scientific one as well. And so it was that color scientists like Helmholtz and Chevreul took a very active part in this movement. Monet sometimes painted as many as twenty versions of the same subject in order to discover how it was affected by . . .

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