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Modern art is art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The movements of modern art – Political Realism, Futurism, and Abstract Expressionism – were nearly always linked with a political view. In general, modern thinking sought to refine everything to its essence; modern painting sought to distinguish itself from sculpture. It came to celebrate line, color, geometry, and the two-dimensional plane.
Modern art is the artistic expression that correlates with the Industrial Revolution. Working in the suburbs of Paris, the French Impressionists, resembling the countryside, often show a smokestack in the background. Modern art is also an expression of humanity’s hope that the machine age would end war – and the subsequent disappointment of the two world wars.
The Italian Futurists incorporated motion and machinery into their art, which they intended to herald a radical new future, completely free of the ancient and Renaissance past. After the wars, people turned to Abstract Expressionism for a spiritual experience.
Alfred Barr articulated much of modern art history, distinguishing the various movements within it as "-isms"
Barr was the first director of the Museum of Modern Art, which is accordingly a pivotal resource for discovering and understanding modern art history
Today, as paintings sell at auction for millions of dollars, areas such as photography, lithography, and ceramics allow young collectors access to affordable works by modern masters