New Century Oil Painting is broad term that can be used to describe most of the artistic production from the early 20th century until approximately the present times.The 20th Century has seen many landmark artistic experimentations and much of it has been with Oils.
New Century Oil Paintings Down the Ages
Oil Paintings of the Impressionism era- Impressionism can be defined as a 19th century art movement that began as a loose association of Paris-based painters who began publicly exhibiting their art in the 1860s.
Impressionist Oil Paintings were charcterized by visible brushstrokes, light colors, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities (giving the impression of the passage of time), subject matters which werent out of the ordinary and innovative angles.This style of painting influenced a galaxy of painters, most famous of whom was Vincent Van Gogh.
Oil Paintings of the Cubism era– Cubism was an avant-garde art movement of the early 20th century that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired similar movements in music and literature.
In cubist oil Paintings, objects are broken up, analyzed, and re-assembled in an abstracted form -instead of depicting objects from one viewpoint, the artist depicts the subject from a multitude of viewpoints to present the piece in a greater context. Often the surfaces intersect at what seems like random angles presenting no coherent sense of depth.Paintings of Picasso are probably the best specimens of Cubism.
Oil Paintings of Fauvism– Fauvism was a revoluitinary art movement, which believed absolutely in color as an emotional force. The Fauvists translated their feelings into color with a rough, almost clumsy style. Fauvists oil paintings were chaharcterised by simplified lines, an attempt was made to make the subject of the painting easy to read.The perspectives were almost always exaggerated. Fauvist Painters emphasized freshness and spontaneity over finish
Oil Paintings of Minimalism- Minimalism is an art form, where the work is conciously pruned down to its most fundamental features and core self expression. A minimalist painting generally uses a limited number of colors and has a simple geometric design. No attempt is made to represent or symbolize any other object or experience.
Minimalism also rejects the need for social comment, self-expression, narrative, or any other allusion to history, politics, or religion. Its sole objective is to create objects of interest and beauty.
Oil Paintings in Modern India
Modern Art in India can trace its roots to pre independence India when western influences started to make an impact on Indian art. A number of Indian Painters drew inspiration from the Western schools and used western principles and technique in their paintings. Raja Ravi Varma is a perfect example of such painters.
Some painters like Jamini Roy, Suvaprasanna, M. F. Hussain, Anjolie Ela Menon made a conscious effort to keep their oil paintings, in both form and technique, as rooted as possible.