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When you visit an art gallery, what’re your thoughts? Are you excited to be in between of exquisite paintings or are you a bit of unsure of how you are going to explore the art gallery?

You may like some artwork but is dubious about how to start a conversation or where to enquire.

IMHO, if anyone is visiting an oil painting gallery or any of such kind, then it’s important to enjoy.

This is the reason I am jotting down this blog, in order to ensure you have an exciting and profitable visit to an art gallery. If it’s your first visit, then thank God you are on this blog, because now, you are going to have one impeccable experience.

Let’s take a look:

It’s ok to be choosy

While exploring the gallery, if you are not sure about what you are looking for, observing each painting becomes quite an onerous task. A visit to an art gallery is meant to offer enjoyment, not stress.

So, instead of covering all the paintings in the gallery, follow a selective subject matter, style or genre of art. This way, you will be more focused on the specific artworks that in turn, makes you get a better knack for the paintings you like.

Use these artworks to blend in with the other paintings in the gallery. Slowly you will get in a good touch with all the paintings in the gallery.

If it’s a big art gallery, do not forget to take a quick look at the gallery’s room maps at the beginning itself. This will aid you in getting a head start and identify the area you will be more emphasised on.

Prepare a tale

What’s the point of visiting an oil painting gallery and coming out with no information about any of the artwork?

Being an art aficionado, make sure to gather information about the paintings you can make a connection with. Find out on what sort of themes these paintings are based on. Get to know about the focal point of the subject matter and look in what context the artwork is made on the theme.

Attain the information about the technique that is utilised in the creation of the artwork.  What are the materials used and how are the brush strokes? Find what sort of shades and patterns an artist meant to display using this technique.

Learn about the artist. Who, why, what and where are the essential information about the artist.

See in what reference the artists made such painting.

Collecting all this information will make you create a story that is going to help you in making buying decisions.

Take a guided tour

Quite a few art galleries offer the service of guided tours to provide assistance to the visitors. For newbies, a guided tour is a great way to start the art gallery visit.

Go with a friend

What is the better way of visiting someplace? Getting a company Of course and if the person accompanying you is your friend, the trip becomes much fun.

Therefore, I recommend the art lovers to visit the art gallery with your friend. The visit will become much adventurous and you can remember it for much better reasons.


The History of Modern Art

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The heritage of art is supposed to go back to the dark ages of the human era when ancient men used to carve dazzling images on the walls of the caves.

Today, the age of contemporary art is on its full peak. But before the dawn of contemporary art, another art form existed that laid the foundation for the former.

We are talking about modern art. Now, do not misunderstand modern art with contemporary art as they are ‘Not’ the same thing.

Modern art mainly covers the time period of the late 19th century to mid of the 20th century. Modernism favoured the invention of new techniques, push of new ideas and encouragement of the re-interpretation process.

Starting from the movements such as impressionism, post-impressionism, and fauvism, this form of art has a solid history in its fold.

modern paintings

Modern paintings straightforwardly rejected the conventional methods of art where the theme of the art was mainly based on the religion, mythology, and self-portraiture.

This article is jotted down to offer you the exact story of how modern art overcome the traditional forms. Let’s have a look at the modern art and its history:

How it all started?

Before the 1870s, artists used to keep their entire focus on the depiction of the religious epics, portraiture, mythological tales, and mainly stuff revolving around God.

But, when industrial revolution hit Europe and North America in late 1800s, the overall picture of landscapes and lifestyles transformed completely.

There was a wave among the artists to represent what’s going on in the world in their paintings.

The modern paintings hence came into existence. It was all about examining and identifying personal expression.

Along with this, the same time period also witnessed the rising fame of photography. The easy access to the photography also played an elemental role in bringing new definitions in the modern paintings.

The subject based painting form was fading as photography had spoiled the party for the self-portraits and natural landscapes.

The amount of preciseness that photography attains was simply unmatchable. This made the artists move more towards the abstractionism.

It was the greats of Henri Matisse and Picasso who dared to question the conventional beliefs.

Modern art’s history

As said, the industrial revolution, if not majorly, but did lay the foundation for the modern art to start its journey.

Even after its beginning, modern art’s landscape continues to transform owing to the advancements in technology and some major world events such as World War and The Great Depression.

Artists of modern art era always focused and cared more for the art rather than the means to craft it.

Hence a lot of new tactics and mediums came up during the time period of fascinating modern paintings.

Modern Art and India

India tasted the first chunk of Modern art during the early 1900s.

Globally, the artists were all focused to give a personal voice to their paintings. But, Indian artists were emphasising on making a point of differentiation for Indian paintings.

Raja Ravi Varma who actually incorporated the western art style in his paintings was not so encouraged by other artists.

The Swadeshi movement laid the foundation for artists such as Rabindranath Tagore and Nandalal Bose who strictly condemned the western concept of naturalism.

These artists crafted some majestic pieces with the themes based on Indian Mythology and religion.

The main subject matter or the techniques followed by the Indian artists were based on the Indian miniature paintings and the fresco of Ajanta & Ellora Caves.

The Post-independence era of modern art in India

As soon as India got its independence in 1947, artists here choose to take much inspiration from the elemental aspects of the life.

The Progressive Artists Group was formed in 1947 with an aim to bring a rarity in Indian art. This group was made mainly to erode away the traditional ways so as to make way for the new and the much innovative way of art.