traditional art of India

A juxtaposition of Modern and Traditional Art

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that theart world is on a protracted journey of evolution. The appeal and the grace that is associated with alluring paintings has never disinterested people and the saga of art is supposed to remain intact with the humans till the end of time.

Industrial revolution marked a truly significant milestone in the art expeditionweeding off the limitations. Before the industrial revolution, art was only accessible and available to thefamily of means. The elites, the government officials, the royals, and the big shots used to enjoy art and the common people were completely deprived of the charm and exquisite nature of artworks.

The only art accessible by the common folks were the paintings on the temple’s walls and the frescos. Still, a big chunk of paintings was kept away from the reach of common people. With the industrial revolution, the middle class started to rise.

Along with the middle class, a new thought process was also on the rise. Impressionism was the movement that dared to move away from the shackles of traditional methods. Artists now started to think differently andexpectedly faced a lot of heat from the fine art advocates.

Slowly and steadily, modern paintings started to pave their way. This article is going to offer you a complete analogy of modern and traditional art. Let’ take a look:

Traditional art

There is no absolute definition of traditional art of India. In layman terms, artworks produced before the year 1860 (the year modern art placed its first step) come under the umbrella of traditional paintings.

Apart from the most basic functions of art i.e. to decorate, traditional paintings were majorly utilised for documenting the significant tales, events, and personalities. Since the camera was invented way later, the traditional paintings remained as the major means to preserve the heritage of human civilisation.

The style of traditional paintings was totally realism-centric. The themes of these paintings usually gyrate aroundthe depiction of religious epics and the king’s order. Few artists developed mesmerising paintings of eminent personalities. These were called portrays. The portrayal of Gods and Goddess was one of the favourite’spreferences for the artists.

The focus of artists of these time epoch was to make the depiction as realistic as possible. In addition, to represent three-dimensional space, artists make use of the canvas.

Few eminent names from this era are Leonardo Da Vinci and Jan van Eyck.

Modern paintings

Modern art painters were the Brave hearts who dared to reject the conventional art practices that were too stagnant and sophisticated.

Started with impressionism, then cubism, modern art slowly but strongly placed its foot in the market. A definite definition of modern art is the work of artists after the year 1860. This was the time when for the very first time artworks didn’t concur with any real-life subjects.

Although impressionism wasnot entirely modern art, it was a toddler step in the entire process.

The entire focus of modern painters were to depict the objects that are not from the real world.Even if the artists wanted to express some emotion, unstructured patterns and the loose brush strokes became a trademark of modern art paintings.

Some of the influential movements of the artists of modernism were abstract expressionism, cubism, pop art, surrealism and impressionism. For the artists, it was a game changer, as therewas no boundary and you can free your imagination limitlessly.

Especially the paintings such as the abstract ones offered multiple interpretations of the artwork, offering a subjective outlook of art.

Famed artists of the Modern art era are Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Jackson Pollock.

The mediums used

The ancient traditional art is believed to be developed in the egg medium. As soon as the Italian Renaissance took over, artists started to shift to oil as a medium.

The ability of oil paints to dry slowly but providing with unmatched longevity to the artworks, blend colours to make more colours, and their vivacious appeal makes them the most preferred media for ages.

On the other hand, although some of the modern art painters still work on oil paints, a majority chunk has already chosen the acrylic paints.

Acrylic paints when dried looks quite similar to that of oil paints; the only difference is the time of drying.

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