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Art Today Rob Wittig UMD

artist from the Neo-Classicism era(1800-1850)

Jean-Auguste INGRES

artist from the Romanticism era(1800-1850)


artist from the Realism era(1850)

"The act of painting can consist only in the representation of objects visible and tangible to the painter. An epoch can be reproduced only by it's own artists."

artist from the post-impressionism era(1885-1900)

Georges SEURAT

artist from the post-impressionism era(1885-1900)

Vincent VAN GOGH
"I have tried to express the idea that the cafe is a place where one can ruin oneself, go mad or commit a crime... all this in an atmosphere like a devil's furnace, of pale sulphur.

artist from the post-impressionism era(1885-1900)

Paul Gauguin
"Some advice: do not paint too much after nature. Art is an abstraction; derive this abstraction from nature while dreaming before it, and think more of the creation which will result..."

artist from the post-impressionism era(1885-1900)

"My aim was to make Impressionism into something solid and enduring like the art of the museums." "...treat nature by the cylinder, the sphere, the cone, everything in proper perspective so that each side of an object or plane is directed towards a central point."

artist from the Impressionism era(1875-1900)

Claude MONET

artist from the Impressionism era(1875-1900)

Edouard MANET

artist from the Impressionism era(1875-1900)


artist from the Fauvism era(1900-1910)

Henri MATISSE - expert at colors
"Expression to my way of thinking does not consist of the passion mirrored upon a human face or betrayed by a violent gesture.... What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which might be for every mental worker... something like a good armchair in which to rest from physical fatigue."

artist from the Expressionism era(1900-1910)


artist from the Expressionism era(1900-1910)

"Conscientious and exact imitation of nature does not create a work of art."

artist from the Cubism era(1900-1920)

"when I paint my object is to show what I have found and not what I am looking for. In art intentions are not sufficient...." "Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth."

artist from the Futurism era(1920)


artist from the Orphism(Orphic Cubism) era(1920)

"What is of great importance to me is observation of the movement of colors."
"Simultaneity in light is harmony, the rhythm of colors which creates the Vision of Man."

artist from the Suprematism era(1920)

"In 1913, trying desperately to liberate art from the ballast of the representational world, I sought refuge in the form of the square." "To the suprematist the visual phenomena of the objective world are, in themselves, meaningless; the significant thing is feeling, as such, quite apart from the environment in which it is called forth."

artist from Der Blaue Reiter(Blue Rider) era(1920)

"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings... It is evident that color harmony must rest ultimately on purposive playing upon the human soul..."

artist from the De Stijl era(1920)

"Cubism failed in its follow-through" "This attitude of the cubists to the representations of volume in space was contrary to my conception of abstraction which is based on belief that this very space has to be destroyed.... I think the destructive element is to much neglected in art." "The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty; he is consious of the fact that the emotion of beauty is cosmic, universal. This conscious recognition has for its corollary an abstrat plasticism, for man adheres only to what is universal."

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