The effects of science and technology on the modern art era.

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The beginning of modern art movement was a very interesting time for science and technology, the basics of chemistry, physics, and mathematics were being established, the electric light bulb had been invented, power stations established, cars, Darwinism, essential it was an exciting time to be alive. Along with the foundation of modern science came an art revolution.

Photography was amongst the new technology, and experimentation with the first cameras, brought new ideas to the art world. For one it could create the perfect likeness to any object, it used light to do what only the best artists had been able to do till that point. Some artists began to recognize that the photograph was satisfying the basic needs of evidence of their world, and they began to think outside of the box. Art had a new purpose to convey what the artist wished to convey. Thus the artist if he or she chose could paint only the impression the world around them gave, clear perfect figures and tone-modeling was no longer a must, it could only be about the form.

Monet for example used impasto and hue-modeling to give the impression of the world around him, concentrating more on the effects of light than on subject matter. If the artist wished to express the emotion they received from a certain subject they could, even if the painting began to show things that were not really there. With this new thought process a new and modern branches of art were born. However photograph continued to develop, and as the ability to take a faster picture came about a new content was brought into the art world, a snapshot of time. Art was now capturing the everyday and movement of life, just as photography was able to.

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