Impressionism was a movement within the art world that started in France towards the end of the 19th century. The Impressionist artists were very well known for their new and innovative painting techniques and their individual approach.
Some of the most important artists to be part of the movement were Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Pissarro, Degas and Alfred Sisley. These artists created some of the most important work of the movement.
A revolutionary style of art developed by Georges Braques and Pablo Picasso. It was one of the first styles of abstract art and started right at the start of the 20th century. Cubism was an attempt by artists to revitalize the tired and boring traditions of the art world. The Cubists changed conventional forms of representation and perspective and broke all of the rules. Their aim was to represent the modern age in a truly individual way.
As the world was changed by singers and bands such as Elvis and the Beatles during the 1950s and early 1960s, the art world adapted and created the brash and fun Pop Art culture. Many different styles of painting from various countries from around the world held one common thread—an interest in mass culture and mass production. The term “Pop” was first used by British art critic Lawrence Alloway to describe a new type of art that represented modern popular culture.
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