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Modern Art: The most famous artists of the 20th and 21st centuries


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Modern Art: The most famous artists of the 20th and 21st centuries

The art of the 20th and the still young 21st century offers a variety of styles that would have been possible in no other time before. It presents not only the works of the great, renowned masters but also young, hopeful artists who are considered to be the "young savages" of today and the revolutionaries of tomorrow.


The artists and classics of the 20th century

Many of the artists of the twentieth century are already regarded as classics today, so much did their name establish themselves in the basic knowledge of the less specialized population. Of course, the most influential events for the art of that time were the two world wars. Expressionism, Cubism, abstraction, pop art, surrealism, futurism or informal painting - these are just the most common keywords for a century worldwide by the Spaniards Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí or the Americans Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein or even by the sculptures a Henry Moore, an Auguste Rodin or an Ernst Barlach were coined. But the German-speaking world had a lot to contribute,


The revolutionaries of the 21st century

As young as the 21st century may be, there are also artists here whose works are already achieving top prices. Some of these artists already established themselves at the end of the 20th century, but nonetheless, they are also new, young artists who make a name for themselves in the current art scene. Art from the 21st century - whoever works as a collector of this era, it has to do in any case with a very exciting collector's area. Here, the collector repeatedly comes across surprising new discoveries in an art scene that is more than ever marked by stylistic diversity and fluid transitions between realistic and abstract art.


The most sought-after artists of the 21st century undoubtedly include the painter Gerhard Richter, born in Dresden in 1932, with his photorealistic images and Tokyo-born Jonathan Meese (1970), who is regarded as the revolutionary and enfant terrible of the current German art scene.


Gerhard Richter. Abstraction

"Abstraction is a common thread through Richter's painting. As erratic and multifaceted as it appeared to some contemporaries when changing between different phases of his work, his work developed so consistently as a continuous continuation and transformation of abstraction. By deliberately incorporating chance, Richter takes back the conscious control of the painting process. He works with grid structures, behind which the creative steps back or pulls with the squeegee over the entire picture surface. He avoids creative pathos and meanings that lie outside of art, so the images work through themselves."