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Visual artist translate the experience of life and the colored figures, and sculpted shapes. For us, the viewers of art, these images act as medium enabling us to relieve in a small way. The initial experience of the artist.
The oldest known images are drawings of animals, of people on cave walls created more than 25,000 years ago. They were created to invoke magical power over the animal or person drawn.
In later cultures, religion replaces magic as the focus of artistic interest. For the Egyptians, the human body provided a visible image that reflected the forms of the Gods. Classical Greek artists, sculptured images of the Gods are idealized human bodies. The elegance and vitality of their work brought the human figure to life for the first time.
God is portrayed in sensual human form or also a major subject that Hindu relief sculptures. In both Greek and Hindu art, beauty and art depended upon the expression of religious, principles, and rules of order. The crucifixion of Christ is one of the classical images of Western Art. Natural body shape is subordinate of representation of Christ as the symbol of death and resurrection, the cornerstone of the Christian faith.
Italian renaissance artist like Michael Angelo and Leonardo da Vinci portrayed the human body in naturalistic detail. They looked upon the body itself as an ideal where they have study for its own sake. Three centuries after the renaissance, European Art pursued this notion of the human body as an image of beauty or traits with naturalistic facial expressions and body detail became popular throughout Europe.
In the earliest landscapes painted by Chinese watercolors, human figures were shown dwarfed by the majestic surroundings. In Europe, the realistic depiction of landscape developed during the Italian renaissance assisted by the rediscovery of the rules of prospective.
Realism in Italian Art includes the rest of Europe. By the 18th century, Dutch painters had perfected the rendering of changing light effect to the landscapes and in human compositions. Landscape has been a major theme for American artists. In 19th century, painters were first inspired by their countries immense natural wilderness. Later, attention turned to the growing urban environment.
In Europe, the invention of photography in the 19th century freed artist from the need to render realistic images. The impressionist rejected realism and sought instead to capture the play of light and color on natural and human subjects. The modernist vision inspired by impressionism followed two major streams in the 20th century. One of them began with Cezanne’s landscape paintings which showed visual services as geometric shapes or patterns.
Cubist imagery further rationalizes the depiction of surfaces as lines of action or simple blocks of shape. The use of collage brought together often unrelated materials and images. It leads to the blending of real and abstract forms, and the dream like vision of Cirilo’s work. After the 2nd World War, American pop and conceptual art also made use of this mixing of media and images. Another stream of modern art began with the expression of work of Venda who is subjective vision of the world was presented in bright colors and energetic brush work. Lattise later explored the human figure but the same aggressive use of color.
The expressionist vision reaches its peak in vigorous brush strokes of the American action painters like de Kooning and Pollock. This word will strongly affected by the immigration of European painters like Mondrian and for the 2nd World War.
The abstract minimalist work of the 50’s and the 60’s, material properties of the medium or the particular qualities of shape and pure color became the subject for the artist to work. Minimalism seems to express the completion of the modernist abstract vision. Since the turn of the century sculpture was reshape by the same abstract vision as painting.
Recent sculpture has moved beyond the creation of physical object to the illustration of theoretical concept. In the 70’s and 80’s post modernist artist have looked in new media and to other cultures for inspiration by blending images and reviving old themes, they seek out the possibilities of a new vision in the traditional forms of painting and sculpture.