Why Are Art Movements Important?

Art Movement

If you are interested in studying art, you must understand why art movements continue to be essential to us. Understanding and knowing about art movements help us gain knowledge and understand more about the artists and their paintings.

Understanding art movements are not just important for the artist but also for anyone interested in art. We can learn many things from the art movements that will help us understand history, art techniques, art themes, and how art is created. To truly understand art, we need to understand art movements.

Art Movements Help Us Understand History

Art movements help us understand history and life when the artist lived. The art movement gives us a view of what the artist was experiencing each day.

Art is rich with history. Everything from the colors used, on the names of the paint, to the subject painted or how the painting is produced. Art movements and history go hand-in-hand.

We cannot separate an art movement from the history of when the art movement was active. That is why to understand the art movement; you must understand history. Understanding history makes art movements an essential part of our lives, where we came from, and who we are.

Art movements and history help tell us about the sentiment and the people who live during a specific time. But more than that, we see what the artist saw as they were creating the artwork more accurately than any history book. We see the art through the artist’s eye.

The American Poet Amy Lowell said it best when she said:

“Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.”

Amy Lowell

Art Movements Introduce New Art Techniques

Art movements show us new art techniques. The artists show us and teach us a new technique that artists use to create their art.

A great example of this is the Impressionists and how they changed the way brushstrokes were being done at the time. Since the time of the Impressionists, many artists have built upon using the same type of brushstrokes for their artwork.

The Impressionists also believed in using light and how light that affected the painting. Today many artists also look at the light in their paintings and how the light influences their artwork.

This shows that these art movements are still essential for us today. If you are an artist, it helps you to be able to view art from new eyes, as you understand the different art movements and the period the artist created the artwork. It helps us to understand what made that particular artist unique or essential.

The American Artist Georgia O’Keeffe spoke of how her art creation gave her a voice to communicate to the world. Her art gives us a permanent glimpse into her world. O’Keeffe said this about her art:

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

Art Movements Give New Artistic Themes

Pop artists in the 1950s and 1960s used new themes and materials to produce their art. Themes as cans of soup, cartoons, Hollywood, and other themes influenced their art and the subject matter for art.

In The Car (1963) by Roy Lichenstein

In speaking of the Pop Art movement, Roy Lichenstein spoke about what Pop Art meant to him, he said:

“Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself.”

Roy Lichtenstein

Art movements are important because they allowed us to view the lives of the artists during their time and see what influenced them. It helps us to understand and know what motivated them to paint and why.

Art Movements Shows Us Great Art Requires Collaboration

The art movement came about because a group of like-minded artists believed in the art direction, so they produced the art and formed a movement. Great art is usually a collaboration of artists working together.

I do not know of any other profession where you individuals who are all in a sense competitors or competing to be able to sell their artwork yet at the same time are happy to do it together in a group and support each other.

When we look at our history throughout the ages, art movements are usually always collaborative. Artists worked together and supported one another as they were tied together by a common artistic expression and belief system.

The New York Agora Gallery said it best about art and collaboration when they said:

“Art collaborations, when done right, can be a beautiful thing. History has proved time and again that two creative minds can sometimes be better than one. Even today, artists are increasingly collaborating with each other and with creative professionals from other field.”

AGora Gallery

Art Movements And Art Is Constantly Moving

The art movement shows us that all forms of art are constantly moving and not standing still. Art is always evolving and developing. New techniques, materials, and ways of thinking about things continually change with the skill and artist.

Norman McLaren, a Scottish -Canadian animator, director, and film producer, said:

“In any art movement, the art has to move into a new phase – a filmmaker has a desire to make a film that is not like a previous film.”

Norman Mclaren

As McLaren pointed out, each artist wants to create something different, looking at the previous art movement and building upon it.

Knowing and understanding art movements are essential for the artist and the non-artist alike. All of us can learn from the different art movements; these art movements help us understand our lives in the past and today.

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How Do Art Movements Begin?

Understanding art movements are not just important for the artist but also for anyone interested in art. We can learn many things from the art movements that will help us understand history, art techniques, art themes, and how art is created. To truly understand art, we need to understand art movements.

By clicking here, you can learn more by reading How Do Art Movements Begin?.

Why Did New Art Movements Develop In The Years Following World War 1?

Many of the art movements after World War 1 came about as a direct protest about the devastation and loss of human life in the First World War. Many of these art movements also included cultural and political movements where like-minded artists band together to produce satirical and other art.

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Anita Louise Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Louise Hummel. I am an artist and a blogger. I paint mainly oil paints. I love to paint women, animals (mainly dogs and cats), and abstracts. I use a lot of gold and silver leaf in my paintings. I also love to blog about anything to do with art, business, Procreate, and all the wonderful artists that inspire me.

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