Art Movement of the First Decade of the New York Statehood Period
An art movement is a trend or style in art, typically with a very specific common philosophy or direction, and/or with the heyday of that trend usually defined within some years. In general terms it is the most influential art form in a particular time period. Some art movements may be considered as eras of artistic production. Such as the Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau, Cubism, Dadaism, and Expressionism. These were and are just some of the major art movements within history.
Within the broader context of art movement there are many genres. There are paintings that feature still life or rural scenes with vibrant colours, others may have a very sharp appearance, and there are abstract paintings or works which display an artistic “flair”. Still life and landscapes are often used to evoke a more active or earthy feeling, often indicative of something outside the boundaries of normal, conscious perception. Abstract art movement works can be quite dramatic, sometimes bringing about a feeling of confusion or despair. Many artists work towards this, believing that art is a form of communicating the suppressed emotions through objects.
The most prominent art movement in the United States was sparked by jazz musicians. This music was very popular in New York City and other major cities across the US. It was characterized by a highly charged blues based beat, heavily accented with steel guitar. Jazz became a major focus for artists associated with the movement. Many young artists began to leave their day jobs to pursue a career in music, and were joined by veterans who had become famous through association with the musicians of the era.
Another key artistic form to come out of the art movement was surrealism. Surrealism featured extremely distorted and exaggerated depictions of reality. It can be compared to modern-day tattooing, where pictures are created in such a way as to give the illusion that they have been actually tattooed onto the skin. Many critics believe that surrealism was a reaction to the more conventional style of art being produced during the time period.
Two other artistic movements that came from the art movement were Dadaism and Cubism. The former attempted to create a poetic and unique expressionist style, while the latter attempted to create a uniquely expressive style by creating a geometric focus on flat surfaces. Both of these movements gained popularity with the artists who had strong political beliefs and were willing to challenge the established norms of their time. Both of these art movements had strong ties to the World War I and World War II and were immortalized in films such as Coco and Edward.
All of these art movements had one thing in common. They were greatly respected by the art world at large. This appreciation translated into great wealth for some of the artists whose works were featured in these paintings, jewelry, sculpture and architecture of the early 20th century.