Lecturer: Brian Nicholls
For many people Modern Art can be confused with Abstract Art, which is more correctly called Abstract Expressionism. One perception as to what is ‘modern’ depends on whereabouts in history one is standing.
In the middle of the 19th century J.M.W. Turner, towards the end of his life, produced work that was considered at the time to be incomprehensible. Some experts now believe that he was in fact the ‘Father’ of the Impressionist movement.
Clearly, Modern Art is not a precise definition, and today most art historians regard it as a, post-Impressionist, general classification, that includes ‘Fauvism’,’The Blue Rider Group’,’ Expressionism’, ‘Cubism’, ‘Futurism’, ‘New York Realism’ and on up to the ‘Pop Art’ era.
I will present examples of work in all of the above groups and will try to give some indication as to what the artists of the 20th century, now free of the need for photographic realism, sought to communicate in their work.