Influence Of The Modern City

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Movements such as Futurism, Cubism and Impressionism saw Artists such as Umberto Boccioni, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso use the speed, and compression to reference the leisure filled Modern City, while trying to keep pace with the advances(Technological and Theoretical), which were breaking the Traditional way of life. Examples of this include; Umberto Boccioni’s, The City Rises (1910); Claude Monet’s, Boulevard des Capucines (1873); and Pablo Picasso’s, Absinthe Drinker (1901).

By embracing the technological and theoretical changes of the Modern City, artists transitioned away from what was known as the conventional creation of Art. Meaning the way of depicting and portraying figures, and scenes within an image. Things were no longer idealised, and artists strived to paint images the way they were rather than the way people wanted them to be. It is in this way that Artists transitioned away from that which they had been taught, and as such, were able to effectively, experiment with different ways of representing the meaning of the Modern City. The adaptation from the traditional city, to the modern city, therefore contains a history of rejection of the traditional limitations and definitions of art. In the following analysis, it becomes apparent the Artists reference to the Modern City was based heavily on their contemporary urban environment. As such they were often influenced by the way the city had effect them. For example, Picasso’s Blue Period, in which he
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