I Don’t Know A Lot About Art, But I Know How To Bluff: Part Three

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Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. Impressionism originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s. Arguably the most famous of impressionist painters is Claude Monet.

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Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet

Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau  is an international style of art and architecture a that was most popular between 1890 and 1910 A reaction to the academic art of the 19th century, it was inspired by natural forms and structures, particularly the curved lines of plants and flowers.

La tournee du chat noir avec rodolphe salis by Theophile Steinlen 


Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. This gave way to artists such as Edvard Munch,  Matthias Grünewald and El Greco.

The Scream By Edvard Munch

Pop Art 

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and the late 1950s in the United States. Among the early artists that shaped the pop art movement were Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton in Britain, and Larry Rivers, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns among others in the United States. Pop art presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising and news. In pop art, material is sometimes visually removed from its known context, isolated, and/or combined with unrelated material. Some of the more popular artists of the movement include Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein

Whaam! By Roy Lichtenstein

Hopefully this little guide will help you bluff your way through countless conversations about art, because this is literally all I know, I’m the only person I know to get an F in GCSE art, but that could be because the teacher didn’t like me, and god knows the feeling was mutual.


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