December 6, 2023

The global acceptance of modern art has led to its presence being seen in various forms in many art exhibitions. Any exhibition, boasting of art paintings for sale, is sure to include some form or other of modern art paintings.

It is termed as abstract expression of the artists on the canvass. The painting is not specific to any object, but the centralized theme is reflected in the painting using colours and images on the minds of those artists. The evolution of modern art as an activity, started during the World War II and its origin can be traced in America. The word was coined by Robert Coates who was a famous critic of automatic and spontaneous expression of creativity in the form of paintings.

The modern art painting is the first of its kind in artistic movements in America (in Russia such movement was seen during the era of constructivism) which went on to gain global importance. Willem De Kooning and Arshile Gorky are the pioneers in this field.

It is again sub divided into action painting and colour field painting. The former category was practiced by Philip Guston and Franz Kline who stressed upon the aspects related to physical action in the painting works. The latter category of modern art was practiced by Kenneth Moland and Mark Rothko who stressed more on the use of colour effects in their works.

There are no hard and fast regulations that can be used to draw a line for evolution of modern art paintings. The common form of art used by the artists are derived by the form of accessories they use and the pattern they follow while expressing their thoughts, such as use of large canvas, stressing on the flatness of the canvass and spreading the art across the canvass, thus using the whole area available.

The abstract expressionist painting as a form of art, lost its ground in early 1960’s but it influenced the minimalist and pop art forms to a large extent. Pop art concentrates on mass themes like comics and commercial advertisements whereas minimalist form of art concentrates on the use of minimal colour to express the thoughts. The minimal use of colours enable ripping apart the existing art into basic geometrical designs and bring about the fundamental features to the fore. The modern art painting, though not very popular in its original form, is now globally acknowledged in other forms of art.