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About Modern paintings
Styles of Modern Paintings Modern art paintings encompass a variety of painting styles that were popularized in the 20th century by innovative, experimental artists. Characterized by the bold use of shape and color, modern paintings were often abstract and minimalist in nature. Mid-century modern paintings especially relied on geometric patterns and shapes over more traditional representational styles. Subjects in Modern Paintings With experimentation at its core, modern art is marked by uncommon subjects, often emphasizing shapes. Black and white geometric paintings characterize much of the modern art canon. By contrast, other modern works incorporate curves and dots to create lyrical movement or soft pattern, along with bold colors to enhance expression. Distinct forms like basic shapes, curves and dots in bold colors anchor expressive compositions. Materials Used in Modern Paintings Oil or acrylic on canvas are still the most popular mediums in modern art. Yet, these common materials may be wielded in uncommon ways. Artists create modern paintings that break out of the traditional rectangular mold at oversized scales or in varying shapes such as round tondos, narrow panels or multi-canvas pieces. Famous Artists of Modern Paintings Famous modern paintings are experimental, innovative, and deeply indicative of the human condition. Modern painters often forged their own paths by pursuing unique styles or by joining small schools of like-minded painters in movements like Cubism, Surrealism, and Fauvism. Famous modern artists like Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder and Joseph Albers used shapes in their own unique ways to create timeless masterpieces. Minimalism is also a trademark of modern art: Agnes Martin used clean lines to create order and beauty in her paintings. The breadth of movements and ideas within modern art makes it one of the most interesting styles to collect.