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Modern Artists are the proponenets of that art form which dominated the art scene from the late 19th century until approximately the 1970s.The core idea behind Modern Art is to not represent objects as they are seen but to interpret them with fresh ideas about the nature, materials and functions of art. Abstract Paintings in that sense is the best possible example of Modern Art.

The proponents of the various art movements under the umbrella of Modern Art are as follows:

Monet- Claude Monet was an unswerving advocate of the Impressionist style of painting. Monet Paintings are, in fact, the most important specimens of the Impressionist style. Monets devotion to his craft can be best illustrated through an incident- during the painting of one of his earlier works, Women in the Garden , he had a trench dug in the garden so that the canvas could be raised or lowered by pulleys to the height he required.One day when his friend Courbet visited him he was surprised to find out that Monet was not ready to paint even a leaf in the background unless the lighting conditions were perfect.

Renoir- A close friend of Monet, Renoir was another famous proponent of Impressionism. His predilection towards light-hearted themes helped him create paintings which we now see as trademark impressionist specimens. He painted with Monet in the Barbizon district and became a leading member of the group of Impressionists who met at the Café Guerbois. His feathery brushstrokes were to become synonymous with the Impressionist style. After a period of experimentation with what he called his `manière aigre' (harsh or sour manner) in the mid 1880s, he developed a softer and more supple kind of handling.yet he remained one of the greatest impressionist Painters of all times.

Renoir is probably the most loved Impressionists. His subjects appealed to the common man -pretty children, flowers, beautiful scenes, above all lovely women-have instant appeal, and he communicated the joy he took in them with great directness. `Why shouldn't art be pretty?’ he said, `There are enough unpleasant things in the world.'

Munch- this Norwegian painter holds the distinction of greatly influencing the development of German expressionism in the early 20th century. The Scream, Munch's best-known painting, is regarded as the embodiement of existential anguish and is one of the pieces in a series titled The Frieze of Life, in which Munch explored the themes of life, love, fear, death and melancholy. As with many of his works, he painted several versions of it.

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