Discovering Art Movements.

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For a digital creative, 20th century art movements are more than just a history lesson, but a way for you to refine your work. In this blog, we'll dive into different art movements and how you can borrow and adopt these trends to create unique work with Adobe Express.

The Importance of different movements for a creator.

First of all, what is an art movement? These are periods of history where groups of artists shared similar styles or philosophies, often in response to what was the norm before them. Some are broader and overarching like the Renaissance, while others more niche, like Dadaism.

The beauty of it was each movement carried unique characteristics, themes and techniques that reflected the social and cultural dynamics of the time.

So, as a creator, you need to familiarise yourself with these different movements. Why?

Inspiration…of course.

Usually, the past informs the future. Knowing about art movements of the 20th century gives you tons of techniques you can draw from. That alone could breed innovative ideas and help you create more unique designs.

Creativity.

Different movements carry unique elements, which you can mix and match to create something new. That way, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel every single time. Also, the better your knowledge, the better your ability to communicate your vision in your designs.

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Combining art movements into your design.

Blending the old with the new is a surefire way to create designs that stand out from the pack. You can pick elements from 20th century art movements and add your style and ideas to make a statement with Adobe Express designs.

For the perfect artistic fusion, you will want to:

Do your research.

Study art movements of the 20th and 19th centuries, the artists, characteristics, and contexts through which they emerged.

Experiment.

Then, play around with different elements. Mix and match. Test out how they can fit into your own current research ideas. For example, how could Pop artwork with minimalism?

Add your personal touch.

While it's great to borrow ideas, you want to maintain your personal style, so it doesn’t get lost in the background.

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A List of Art Movements for Artists to Explore.

  1. Art Nouveau (Late 19th - Early 20th Century): A universal style meant to combine the applied arts and fine art. Art Nouveau was characterised by contrasting shapes and patterns inspired by natural elements often used in interior design and architecture.
  2. Fauvism (Early 20th Century): Emerging in France, artists like André Derain and Henri Matisse used bold and unblended colours to express seemingly simple drawings.
  3. Cubism (Early 20th Century): This was a complete break from previous movements, introducing abstract forms and shapes to illustrate multiple things simultaneously. A key pioneer was Pablo Picasso.
  4. Futurism (Early 20th Century): As the name suggests, this movement intended to provide a vision of the future by celebrating modern technology with a sense of energy and speed.
  5. Dadaism (Early 20th Century): Often termed as nonsensical and visually meaningless pieces. This art movement challenged traditional ideas of art, often characterised by random collages of absurd images.
  6. Surrealism (Early - Mid 20th Century): This art movement was grounded in psychology and intended to give artists a chance to express their subconscious mind. So, many art pieces in the Surrealism movement appear to be wild fantasies like the “Battle of Fishes” by Andre Masson.
  7. Abstract Expressionism (Mid 20th Century): Artists focused on expressing themselves through spontaneous, non-defined elements. So, the pieces they created did not generally have realistic images and were often large-scale. works.
  8. Pop Art (Mid - Late 20th Century): Drew inspiration from British and American popular culture, with bright colours and bold imagery. Famous Pop art pioneers include Richard Hamilton and Andy Warhol.
  9. Minimalism (Mid - Late 20th Century): Simplicity, clean lines, and basic colours were the main features of the minimalist art movement. This remains widely rooted in art culture even today.

Each movement offers a gold mine of ideas and techniques you can blend into your designs with Adobe.

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Useful things to know.

How do you distinguish art movements?

Common features such as style, technique, subject matter, and cultural environment identify art movements. They frequently emerge in response to social, political, or technical advances, and they may have a substantial influence on both the art world and wider society.

What is the difference between art style and art movement?

Art movements are often associated with specific time-periods and or locations in history. Art styles on the other hand, represent work that shares similar characteristics. These styles may or may not be a part of the same art movements.

One of the most popular art styles today is digital art. With technology constantly advancing, the creative landscape is evolving as well. So, people are able to create art in various formats and mediums like animations, virtual reality, digital paintings, graphic design, among others.