A definition of what constitutes good art may at first appear to be pretty difficult. Over the years many new schools and styles have emerged. Through the 19th century, there was Impressionism, and the Pre Raphaelites, followed by Cubism, Art Nouveau and much else at the start of the 20th Century. Then Surrealism, and Dada came along. The focus then shifted from Europe to the States. This led to Action Paintings in the 1950’s, Pop Art in the 1960’s and 70’s. Developments in photography are also in the mix. Key artists include: Monet, Manet, Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Klee, Kandinsky Chagall, Marcel Duchamp the father of conceptualism, along with Jackson Pollock, Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. The list can go on and on. Now there is also the influence of graffiti art with people like Banksy. Artists, like David Hockney, still produce very fine figurative work. The modern artists that work now carry forward many of these schools and styles but they also innovate. As a general rule, good art will last. If anyone wants to buy original art online, it is important to find websites that do appreciate good art and can showcase interesting and innovative present day artists.
Art work on offer
Therefore you can buy original art online. To pick out a few representative examples:
Poinsettia with Mexican Lady by M F Cardamone:
This is a mixed media piece. At first you think it is a reproduction of a classic botanical illustration, common in the 18C and 19C. However, look a little closer and there is a small lady holding the leaf. Very well executed, but with a subtle humor. Yes, references to Dada and Surrealism but also a touch of the Monty Python about this too.
It’s About Time by Liette Marcil: As she explains, she takes her inspiration largely from Aboriginal Australian Art with their distinctive elongated figures and their spirit world they call Mimih. Maybe also there is a strain of the work of Jean Dubuffet. He often used and developed strong repeating motifs across his work. These too were “abstracted” from original figurative sources. She uses very gentle, subtly contrasting colors in this work.
Pandas by Traer Scott: We all take photography very much for granted. We live in the age of the “selfie”. But photography at its best is very much an art form. The name of Henri Cartier Bresson comes to mind and his famous Leica camera. He was very keen to catch the “decisive moment”. Cartier Bresson was also part of the very important Magnum school of photographers along with Robert Capa. “Pandas” blends both composed and spontaneous photography using reflections, the panda exhibits and the reaction of a little girl, in a museum. This produces a poignant photograph using pretty advanced techniques.
Seed 26 by Marietta Patricia Leis: This is a large canvas using oils wood and gold foil. To put this again into context, this is reminiscent of a Mark Rothko, with a pure field of sensitively modulated color. The paint is very carefully blended to produce a well balanced result.
It is always better to buy original art online, from skilled artists that do show commitment to their work.