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Modern and Post Modern Art Forms- All About Paintings as Illustrated by Peter Max

Painting is an artistic representation of the ingenious mindset of a painter. This type of art exerted remarkable influence on the society since its commencement several thousand years ago. Painters are like alchemists who can make alarming creations merging colors on a piece of canvas. It is through painting that artists of all era portray the conditions of the conventional society, the various culture, ethos, and traditions. A work of painting can best divulge the evil and good of the everyday life and advocate the common people to be good in action and thought so that the society becomes attractive and favorable to the mankind.


A painting has undergone several alterations with time although it has originated as a creative pastime as cave depictions by our early ancestors. The history of painting visibly indicates the diverse transformations of paintings from water color paintings to cave paintings and oil paintings. The use of shades and colors are very significant in painting. As a melodic music is not possible to originate without suitable rhythm, similarly a work of painting does not get life without wonderful shades. According to Peter Max, painting is an impulsive demonstration of the true self of an artist; it speaks out his heart through the shades of colors.

The Renaissance period (14th C to 17th C) is possibly the golden period of paintings and arts in Europe. Renaissance classicism conveyed a pragmatic touch to the paintings. The painters had good concepts on shadow, light and human anatomy and this made their art more communicative and appealing. Luminaries like Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Raphael stimulated the world through their world-class paintings during this time. 

Modern art paintings cover roughly the years of post World War II up to the present day. The methods of painting in modern movements vary extensively from one to another. Some of the key modern art eras from the 1950s and 1960s included Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Dada, the New York School and Minimalism.The future for modern movements seems likely to intermingle with the path of technology and other new directions which are impracticable to forecast. Contemporary art is a word used to describe the modern era of art. Though there is conjecture, it is thought that art developed since World War II until present day is considered modern-day art. When discussing contemporary art, there is no reference to an explicit style of art. It is put on display in many ways. Art created by common people is exactly what contemporary art is, but there are always skeptics somewhere. At times, as Peter Max says, contemporary art can be at odds with the planet because of what is thought to be art and what is not.

With the establishment of millions diverse schools and movements of arts materialized the several theories on arts like art deco, abstract expressionism, constructivism, impressionism, cubism, modernism, neo-classicism, romanticism, post modernism, and surrealism. These gave birth to several painting forms like figurative paintings, abstract paintings, landscape paintings, calligraphy, collages and digital paintings. To an artist, a painting is the energizing of his soul on the canvas that lapses all theories and reverberates the great words of Keats - "Beauty Truth, Truth Beauty”.
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