Shot this when I went to the BMA, It’s gorgeous!

Claude Monet- Waterloo Bridge, Sunlight Effect with Smoke, Oil on Canvas, 1903

  1. Aperture: f/2.8
  2. Exposure: 1/15th
  3. Focal Length: 3mm

The desire to evoke emotional states by appealing to the senses and to persuade, often in dramatic ways.

Some of the qualities that characterize the Baroque are grandeur, sensual richness, emotional exuberance, tension, movement, and the successful unification of the various arts.

Sidebar- Mona Lisa was kept in da Vinci’s private collection until his death, wonder why?

Dada: An international movement originating in Zurich and NewYork

at the height of the First World War.

 Began as an anti-art movement or, at least, a movement against the way art was appreciated by what considered itself the civilized world.

 No formal aesthetic, (appreciation of beauty, art and taste) virtually disregarding easel painting.

The Dadaists adapted the Cubist idea of collage to new purpose, that of making puzzling or strikingly incongruous juxtapositions of images and letters. 

Dada pinpointed the hypocrisy of those who felt that art created spiritual values.

Romanticism has very little to do with things populary thought as “romantic”,

although love may occassionally be the subject of romantic art.

The early Romantic period  began with what is often called the “age of revolutions”—including, the American (1776) and the French (1789) revolutions—an age of upheavals in political, economic, and social traditions, the age which witnessed the initial transformations of the Industrial Revolution.

A revolutionary energy and vibe  was at the core of Romanticism

This vibe consciously set out to transform not only the theory and practice of poetry

(and all art), but the very way we perceive the world!

Romantics, shared a vision for: early support of the French Revolution.

Artist were seen as a hero, apart from society, a social critic/revolutionary and of course genius.

Some of its major precepts have survived into the twentieth century and still affect our present day.




Blurring the line between reality and dream…inspiration for the modern designer

Salvador Dali’s ‘The Persistence of Memory’ (1931), 24cm x 33cm, Oil on canvas

Rococo in Architecture! Ornamental and grandiose

Began as a french style of interior decoration during the period that followed Loius XIV’s death.

French power and fashion centered around the court of Regent, Phillippe d’Orleans, at the Palais Royal in Paris.

Devived from the French word rocaille, meaning “rock work”.

Rococo was a reaction against the softer side of Baroque.

The style is less formal, ornate, fussy and grandiose!

In 1874, a group of artists called the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers, etc. organized an exhibition in Paris that launched a movement
Impressionists asked questions like, what is the weather, location,
probable season?
What kind of weather makes the sun so red at sunrise?
Impressionists took their work outside of the studio.
Subjects were caught at different times of day: morning, noon, and
Critics complained that these works were just about light, color and
atmosphere and about it being only “an impression” .
Hence, the name Impressionism to the movement.
Today we appreciate how the style moves away from detailed
realism to give us a different feeling of the moment.

Synthetic Cubism-1912-1924

Paper colle – involves sticking colored paper directly onto the canvas and was invented by Braque.

Collage – was later developed by Picasso and involved all kinds of found materials such as newspaper or fabric in the painting.

Analytic Cubism-1908-19-11

Space is treated as if it were a solid, tangible mass.

Confusion is enhanced because color is removed and everything is painted in brown
and grays with a few figmented black outlines.

Objects are shown from many viewpoints at once so that solid forms are shattered.

They become fractured, geometric shapes compressed into a sliver of space and flattened against the canvas

Jackson Pollock’s ‘Convergence’ (1952), 237.5cm×393.7cm, oil on canvas.

The arts were highly affected by Post-Modernism.The “times”,  once again dictated art. When New York replaced Paris as the capital of the art world, and became the hub for western culture, America and the Western world were at the forefront.

The perspective on what is art has totally changed. Traditional values and main-stream ideas are rejected . Art is now mass produced and accessible to all.

Artist and the world envisioned a global culture free from anxiety and military threat.

This movement gave the western world freedom of expression and that you can to use almost anything and make it art.

 Look around, when you see someone’s name or thought posted on a wall or a train, just know that the author was effected by Post-Modernism!