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Creative Artistic Expression Through The Ages

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When you think of the top painting artist of all time, you think of Leonardo DA Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Rembrandt, Renoir, Raphael, and Masaccio just to name a few. These are some of the most famous artists, but there are numerous talented individuals, who express artistic values, and have been doing it for some time now.

Did you ever wonder when the first creative expressions of what we call modern-day artwork appeared? Also, have you ever wondered who the artist was, what were their different styles, and what movements did they start? There have been symbols drawn on cave walls and etchings found in remote areas around the world, which had to have been drowned by indigenous people in specific areas globally. To them, their particular work of art probably did not have artistic value, but probably was more of a means of communication, for their particular period.

I would venture to say that individuals living in caves were more interested in utilizing any types of drawings and figure making talents as a form of supplemental expression for survival. It is hard to imagine a member of an early age family sitting down and consciously engaging in primitive drawing or sculpturing, expressly to create an art piece. However, since I did not live in the day of early men and women, I can't say for sure that there was not an actual artist on the scene. However, artistic merit could be assigned to expressions of creative works of this period by certain period historians.

Through the ages, the artwork has been characterized by different periods of work and art expression. The periods that I have discovered include the Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism, Abstract Art, Cubism, Futurism, Suprematism, Constructivism, and De Stijl. Each period just mentioned had its specific well-known artist, like Pierre Auguste Renoir of the Impressionism period. Vincent Van Gogh was the work of art stand out during the Post Impressionism period. Henri Matisse showcased the Fauvism Era. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was the stand out during the German Expressionism period. The Abstract Art Era had great Georges Braque. The world famous Pablo Picasso did more than one famous art piece, during the Cubism timeline. The Futurism period was graced by the artistic values of Giacomo Balla. Kazimir Malevich was the standout of the Suprematism timeline. The Constructivism era had El Lissitzky, and finally, Piet Mondrian was the standout during the De Stijl era.

Famous Painting and Authors of Genuine Artwork
Below you will hear about famous painters from different periods and the unique paintings that they contributed to society. Even though many of the artists had some notoriety at the time that they created their works of art, their creations depicted below had certain qualities that placed them into a select category. Their paintings capture the viewer and grab their attention in their own special way. Each style was different, and each painting listed below had that extra eye-catching element that would hold the viewer's attention and make them take a second look.

In my opinion, if the paintings listed below were placed in an art gallery in any country, with a combination of additional paintings, showcasing different persuasions, the ones listed below would command the second and third looks from art critics with different eyes for talent. Every single painting listed has eye appeal elements, attention-grabbing qualities, and many have shock value resignation, that qualifies them for the title of a unique work of art. Their artistic merit and creative expression definitely activate the sense perceptions of admirers, whomever they are.

Below you will hear about ten works of art by ten unique painting artist.

Girl with a Watering Can
This was painted by Renoir during the Impressionist era. It is an eye-catching chapter of Mademoiselle Leclere. She is wearing a blue dress while holding a watering can. It is very attention holding because she resembles a doll posing. Renoir created this painting in 1876. The Impressionism period was from 1870 to 1890. The artistic values established during this period was where his growth originated. Girl with a Watering Can, too many viewers, may seem simplistic. However, they will stare and watch it, mainly due to the image of the girl.

An emotional Vincent van Gogh painting that is very striking and noticeable. This painting was done in his early years. It is a painting of Clasina Maria Hoornik, who was 32 and pregnant at the time. Given her set of circumstances, when the painting was created in 1882, it took courage from both parties to complete this work of art. This was done during the Post Impressionism era, which was from 1885 to 1905. Much artistic merit was attributed to painters from this timeline. Sorrow condors up feelings of remorse in individuals, which holds their attention for periods.

Woman in a Purple Coat
While viewing this Henri Matisse painting, you observe the persona of his assistant Lydia Delectorskaya. This was an oil painting that captures the essence of their companion relationship, which they carried on for many years. She is captured while wearing a Moroccan costume, which is very exotic. Matisse was part of the Fauvism period, from 1905 to 1910. However, he painted Woman In A Purple Coat towards the end of his oil painting career, in 1937. He started creating paper cutouts in 1950, and at this time stopped oil painting completely. Woman in a Purple Coat has an alluring attraction, which sparks many second looks.

Standing Nude with Hat
This work was done by German Expressionism artist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in 1910. The German Expressionism period was 1880 to 1938. This particular painting immediately grabs your attention. This woman is nude except for a hat; she is wearing shoes and a small bracelet, necklace, and earrings. He aimed to overthrow the conservative German art traditions. He acquired inspiration from German Gothic and primitive art. Standing Nude with Hat definitely has shock value, along with a mesmerizing attraction.

Woman with a Guitar
Done by Georges Braque, who was part of the Abstract Art period, which was from 1907 onward. This particular painting was completed in 1913 in France. Braque utilized visual elements, but he utilized them very independent like. His works were more or less divorced from the actual object itself, but more of a version of it. He definitely mixed form, tone, texture, and shape to construct his own visualization of what he was seeing. A woman with a Guitar is a perfect example of this. Its complexity holds your attention, while your mind tries to piece things together.

Girl Before a Mirror
Pablo Picasso, who was one of the greatest all-time painters of the Cubism period. This period was from 1907 to 1915. This painting was created in March of 1932. When first viewing this painting, one is reminded of earthly pleasures. It strikes a cord of questionable morality. Marie Therese Walter is the women featured in the painting, who was Picasso's mistress during his youth. Picasso presents her in a duel reflection, both fronts, and in profile. This was an oil, canvas creation and is very much frequented today at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Girl Before a Mirror is simply an attention-generating work of art, as most of the Picasso creations were.

Girl Running on Balcony
A creation by Giacomo Balla, who was one of the great Futurism era painters, which ran from 1909 to 1914. He painted this 1912 visualization of one of the initial forerunners of the Italian movement. You can view this painting today at the Museo del Novecento in Mila. He uses many squares that fragment the image of the girl, which makes the viewers focus on her fragmented motion and not on her form. There is a constant blurred line effect, which is captured in the girl's steps through seemingly nowhere but infinite space. Girl Running on the Balcony is a challenge for the more analytical minded art lovers. If you love puzzles, you are easily attracted to this art piece.

The lady on a Tram Station
This piece was done by Kazimir Malevich in 1913. Malevich was one of the artists of the Suprematism period from 1915 to 1925. He was a Russian painter who utilized a style that was geometric, abstract, with elements of Futurism and Cubism. Lady in a Train Station, when first viewed has the effect of making you think. You wonder what he thought when he set out to construct this oil painting. Many who first view this painting, find it rather bizarre. Malevich had many characterizations, like one of Russia's most prominent modern painters, the founder of the Suprematist movement, an initial pioneer of geometric abstract art, plus art theoretician. The lady on a Tram Station seems to be a combination of many of his dimensions combined. You will find yourself looking at it and not really knowing why.

Data Double
El Lissitzky is a very unorthodox piece of work. Lissitzky was unconventional, he was Russian, a well known modern painter, polemicist, architect, photographer, typographer, and a famous designer. He was from the Constructivism period from 1913 to 1930. His artwork seems to be a mixture of digital mirror reality vs. the virtual world. His Data Double creation seemed to reflect these thought patterns. This work reflected his seeking to explore possibilities between alternative worlds. Data Double definitely attracts the attention of a certain kind of art lover. If you are attracted to this type of art, you have to like this painting.

Gray Tree
This painting was completed by Piet Mondrian, who was a member of the De Stijl era from 1917 to 1931. He completed Gray Tree in 1911, and it is exhibited at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, at the Hague. Gray Tree is faceted and abstract, with the tree being somewhat oval in shape. This is a practice that the Cubist utilized. De Stijl was a Dutch style that Piet Mondrian developed, and was purely abstract. He was intent on developing a universal visual language free from the nationalism, which reflected the Great War. Somewhere in his mind, the Gray Tree reflected these visualizations. Taking everything into consideration, Gray Tree is very different, out of the ordinary work of art that certain art lovers are attracted to. Many other art lovers need to just stare at it for a while.

The Age of sculpture
Many believe that sculpture is the earliest form of art. Much like the paintings found in early caves, there were carvings of hunters, animal, and of action situations found in prevalent places, during early civilizations times. During these periods, the sculpture was probably utilized as what they thought was some sort of supernatural aid for hunters.

The earliest emerging civilizations, like Mesopotamia and Egypt, reflected strong ancestors beliefs. The majority were reflective of the hear after. Especially Egyptian sculpture art. Most of the art in Egypt dealt with the Pharaoh, sun and moon gods, and half man-half animal gods. As the civilizations evolved, the different sculptures also did. Egypt's claim to fame was the huge slabs of stone used for monumental sculpture. There was a strong emphasis on large and mega creations. Starting with Egypt, moving on to the Assyrian influence. The Assyrians focused on the stone carving of monsters, winged bulls, and five-legged creations with human heads. They were heavily into ceremonial rituals which featured their creations. After that, the Babylonians came on the scene. The Babylonians utilized color in the tiles and buildings. Even their guardian animal gods were colorful. They were noted in one of the wonders of the world at that time. Soon the Persian influence was visible. The Persians were very skilled in creating objects with gold and bronze. They integrated this technique into the formations of their sculptures.

The Greeks were into nude sculptures heavily. They created gigantic statues like that of Apollo, who depict gods and heroes. Nike was the winged female personification that stood for victory. Around the fourth century, the Greeks changed from abstraction to naturalism. They started creating statues in natural proportions. Then the Romans established a style that is most visible in this day and age. The Romans assimilated a lot of the art characteristics of the Greeks and the Etruscans. The main contributions of their artistic sculptors to the art world were portraits. The Roman styles seem to take the opposite track of those of Greek sculptors. They became more simplistic in an abstract way. The Early Christian Sculpture reflected the footprint of the Roman styles, in the Churches in Rome.

Different modern-day countries have sculpture antiquities which reflect their heritage. Many of these different cultural icons have a priceless value assigned to them, reflective of their country's rich history. Unfortunately, many of these priceless creations are being destroyed because of wars. Fortunately, many countries faced with these culture threatening situations are finding ways to protect and preserve their historical art heritages, regardless of country skirmishes.

The Sculpture of Lady Justice
Author Unknown - One of the greatest and most visible sculptures in the world today, but has no specific author assigned to it. However, it is found in courthouses worldwide, law offices, and justice buildings virtually everywhere. This global sculpture has multiple names, which include Lady Justice, Blind Justice, Scales of Justice, and one name that dates back to the Romans and Greeks, which is Goddess of justice and law.

Starting with Egypt, this statue was depicted as the Goddess Maat and Isis. The Greeks characterized her as Dike and Themis. The Romans called her Iustitia, and their image is the one that modern society holds and displays in courthouses and justice buildings. She has a modern duplication of a woman blindfolded, holding scales, with a sword pointing down. The blindfold means blind or fair justice. She holds a sword in her right hand, pointing down, which represents punishment. She holds the scales in her left hand above the sword, which indicates evidence before any punishment is rendered. Truly, this is one of the most meaningful sculptures throughout history.

The author is Michelangelo - This sculpture is of the Virgin Mary holding her son, Jesus Christ after his death on the cross. Michelangelo created this work of art in 1498. It took him two years to finish this masterpiece, which was chiseled from a single section slab of marble stone. The French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères commissioned the work. This work was unprecedented in Italian sculpture. Michelangelo struck a balance between naturalism and the classic beauty of the Renaissance era. Michelangelo's characterization of the Pietà features a younger version of Mary, unlike many other artists, had shown her. Most of Mary's body is covered with large drapery, blending the two figures quite naturally in appearance. Michelangelo wanted to present a positive version of the communion between man and God, being Christ on earth.

Venus de Milo
Alexandros of Antioch- This unique sculpture named Venus de Milo was constructed between 100 and 130 B.C. Its arms and original plinth have been lost. It is believed to be a sculpture of Venus Aphrodite. The marble statue was discovered by accident in the field of a farmer. The Greek farmer who discovered this treasure was called Yorgos. This happened in 1820 while he was digging on the island of Milos. After news got out of his discovery, the Choiseul archeological expedition from France arrived, purchased it, then took it to France where Louis XVIII named it Venus de Milo. Today it is visible in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Photography As Artwork
When we talk about photography as having artistic values, we need to take several things into consideration. During the early days of the initial emergence of photography, photos were just a way of dabbling into something new. You might even say that they were just a new fad experiment. The field of photo artist is basically an extension of a regular artist who simply utilizes a camera instead of a brush.

The Steerage - By Alfred Stieglitz
In the year 1907, the very first photo that could be considered, a photo work of art was created. This photo happened to be done by Alfred Stieglitz, and it was called The Steerage. The photo was of a mixture of passengers on board a steamship, who were traveling in the lower class section of an international cruise. They were traveling from New York to Germany. This photograph was labeled as one of the best photos of all time. History analyst says that it captured the first works of modern art in a photograph. To many, this was the start of photography as an art piece.

The Superstar of The Visual Art Movement
Andy Warhol was one of the most famous modern day photography icons ever, in addition to being proficient at painting, drawing, sculpture, music, film, printmaking, and silk screening. His photographs were very different in several ways. He did a lot of studio-based portraits. Some of his clients included Keith Haring, Maria Shriver, Pia Zadora, and Joan Collins. He loved to work with Polaroids, plus take a lot of black and white photos. In addition to Fine Art Photography, Andy Warhol was proficient in Portrait Photography, Black and White Photography, Color Photography, Landscape Photography, and Still-life Photography.

Fine Art photography
This is when an artist reaches the point of creating something with their camera, which happens to bring all factors together, to create a super unique photo. The elements of lighting, focus, and composition go into the capture of such a photograph. The end result of exceptional photos perhaps at the moment may not be placed in museums or historical places, but more to the tune of office decor, rooms of a house, or even to show in photo galleries.
There have been, and still, are, numerous photo artist, who have established themselves in the six fields just mentioned. Compared to painting and sculpturing, photography is still a changing and evolving form of creative expression. Not too long ago, a photo artist was developing their shots and negatives in dark rooms. Today they utilize the most advanced digital cameras on the market, to create the shots that stand out from mediocrity. It is almost as if a new form of art has developed right before our eyes.

Whereas Andy Warhol utilized Polaroids, today's photo artist have access to some of the most advanced photographic equipment ever devised. The new types of advanced equipment have taken this field of art to a new level of production and creation. However, we still have the past, present, and the future.

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