Within every home, small pieces of art display the character of the space, give the eye a pleasing spot to rest and offer a glimpse of character, a unique insight into the personalities and spirit that call that house a home. Everything from black and white photos to bold modern art, each piece tells us a story, evokes emotion, and is a great topic of conversation. Ask anyone about a photo, portrait, painting, or print and you’ll have an instant way to connect with someone.
While family pictures and portraits are common, nothing brings out the style sensibilities like modern art does. The spirit of interpretation that has formed the basis of modern art has allowed artists to take a simple scene and show us their vision – from bright, bold colors to tribal inspired depictions of a modern scene, modern art shows us a unique marriage of color on a classic scene.
While modern artists like Cezanne, Picasso, and Van Gogh are no stranger to the novice art fan’s vocabulary, the raw, powerful images evoke passionate responses from both the fans and the detractors of this art movement. While many people would be quick to claim that they don’t like modern art, that’s a response borne out of a lack of knowledge, not a true dislike of the medium. Once you find the artist that you love, you will be a convert to modern art. I, too, once claimed to dislike modern art, until I saw Van Gogh’s classic Café Terrace at Night. One of the more iconic images of modern art, the classic depiction of a terrace café under a starry sky in rich, bold hues has adorned many things – from notebook covers to mass produced prints, this singular work captures the basic elements of modern art – an interpretation of a simple scene, the bold, unapologetic use of color, and a certain air of mystery.
The modern art movement which extended roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s covers so many facets of art drawing inspiration from many mediums, from Japanese printmaking to realism. Many smaller artistic movements have fallen under the broad umbrella of modern art. Cubism, Futurism, and Expressionism are all unique facets that have blended and balance together, lending unique properties to modern art and forming a solid movement within the artistic community of the world. The strong patterns, vibrant hues, and brilliant vision turn a simple evening stroll into a world class masterpiece, each unique work of art pulls from us an evocative response, you can show a single piece of modern art to 10 people and receive 10 unique and wonderfully individual opinions on the piece. Passion lies deep in the heart of modern art, compelling us and connecting with us through a captured image in time.