Modernism And Its Impact On Art And Architecture Throughout The Twentieth Century

2528 Words May 10th, 2015 11 Pages
Modernism first began towards the end of the nineteenth century and was mostly noticeable in art and architecture throughout the twentieth century, also having a large influence on typography and graphic design methods. It changed both these ways of communication by creating a more clean-cut and distinct typeface, which would later be utilised worldwide. The term ‘Modernism’ emerged particularly as a result of large-scale changes to artistic and societal aspects due to the rise of industrialisation during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Artists began to break the cycle of history, which previous generations all stuck by and cohered to. Being limited to past practices and cultural regularity, Modernist painting abandoned the principle of realism, and instead, created images through the use of line, shape and abundant colour. It was about steering away from using the same recycled imagery, subject matter and methods of painting and pushing the boundaries to help lift the constrictions that were placed on art during that period of time. Modernist architecture focused on designing buildings which were simple and emphasised horizontal and vertical lines. It also adheres to the concept of truth to materials, which holds to the pure form of materials used in construction; not hiding their true purpose behind paint or any other forms of concealment.
‘Modernism, in the arts, a radical break with the past and the concurrent search for new forms of expression. Modernism…
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