Pop Art Paintings
When we think about Pop-Art, we think about Andy Warhol and his Campbell's Soup Can, 210 Coca-Cola Bottles and portraits of Marilyn Monroe. But, despite his great influence on this style, he's not the only artists who worked in provocative and daring Pop-Art.
What is Pop-Art
The term itself was used at the first time by British curator Lawrence Alloway in 1955 and means Popular-Culture Art Style. The style was formed in the same time in London and New York and was a world leading style during the 1950-60s.
This was a post-crysis period, when after the Great Depression and two world wars the Western economy started to recover. One of sides of this recovery was growth of consumerism and development of popular culture, and both of them became the source of inspiration for Pop-Art artists. They used bright colours, bold and simple style and pictured on paintings simple things of everyday use:
- consumer product packaging;
- photos of celebrities;
- comic strips.
It was the first of contemporary arts which started reflecting images from TV and film. Using down-to-earth imaginary helped it to become one of the first art styles which really could communicate with mass culture audience. Pop-Art was also the first style to narrow the gap between commercial and fine art.
Some of the famous representatives of this style: in the USA — Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns; in Britain — Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney.
Concept and the main idea
Pop-Art was a kind of protest against over intellectual Abstract Expressionism which could be understood by small circle of elite. Pop uses instant meanings and forms of a simple compositions with materials normally not associated with painting. Silkscreen printing becomes a popular medium.
Up to 20th century artists have always pictured some aesthetic imagery — humans, landscapes, still life — with a help of traditional medium and canvas. In Pop-Art artworks the main object can be anything — from empty bottle to a toilet: it was believed that art can be made of anything. This was also a satirical style reflecting major interests of society through bright simple images. In America, the most popular topics were food, cars and romance.
Today Andy Warhols works are in the list of most expensive artworks, sold on auctions for millions of dollars which tells that there is still a strong interest to this style.
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