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  • Exuberance of the Orient and the Western in Contemporary Art
    Contemporary art is not just free expression of thought; it is an intermingling of cultures- the Orient and the Western. Herein crops up avenues for the birth of new art genres with fresh appeal.
  • The When and How of Modern Art
    The article tries to trace the origin of modern art. Know how Michelangelo can truly be termed as a modern genius.
  • Abstract Art: a Breakthrough in Artistic Expression
    The origins of abstract art can rightly be attributed to the imagination of man. Abstract art is distinguishable from fantasy art, which makes imaginative characters and myths its subject. It is closer to reality as it reflects the real in figurative terms. In other words, abstract art depicts real forms in a simplified or rather reduced way, keeping the original subject the same.
  • Folk Paintings in Vietnam
    Folk paintings in Vietnam have an intimate association with its rich traditional and cultural fabric. Vietnamese folk paintings offer an interesting combination of traditional cultural values with ancient artistic methods molded through the efforts of the previous generations. Vietnamese folk painting can be categorized as Tet holiday paintings and Worshipping paintings.
  • Modern Art Vs. Contemporary Art
    Modern art is not synonymous to contemporary art. The former encompasses only those works that have been created in the first half of the 20th century. Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism- they all form a part of modern art. Contemporary art, on the other hand, signifies those works done at the present time or in the very recent past.
  • Pianos: A Historical Peek-a-Boo!
    The word 'piano' is an Italian derivation of gravicèmbalo col piano e forte (literally harpsichord with soft and loud tone); later abbreviated from 'pianoforte'. Historical records credit the invention of the piano to a single individual named Bartolomeo Cristofori of Padua, Italy.
  • Landscape Paintings- An Historical Voyage through Sun ‘n’ Shower
    The beauty of the heavens and the splendor of Mother Nature have found expression in art from time immemorial. The function of art has always been devoted to expressing beauty in all its diversity. No wonder, Aristotle described art as an imitation of life. Human beings take delight in the works of imitation (representation).
  • The Dawn of Jewelry
    The vogue of jewelry is as old as the earliest civilization. However, it was not as refined as the contemporary ones. Historians assume that man began wearing jewelry after he migrated to Europe around 35,000 to 45,000 years ago. The purpose of putting on these metals of adornment was often associated with religious or mystical beliefs.
  • The Saga of Player Pianos
    The late 19th century witnessed the rise of the most important musical instrument of the time- the piano. The popularity of American music further boosted the demand for pianos, with more and more people desiring these instruments within the bounds of their homes.
  • The Wrath of Dragons in Vietnamese Art
    The influence of symbolism in Vietnamese art has been in vogue since prehistoric times. One of the most supernatural of all creatures, dragons and fairies, symbolized various instances of Vietnamese art. From the Dong Son civilization to the modern Nyugen Dynasty, the dragon motif has been used in various forms and shapes in sculptures, paintings, palaces, and different religious or architectural
  • Vietnamese Art: Uncovering The Passion Beneath
    It's not been long since Vietnamese art established its ground in the past century. With the Ecole De Beaux Arts opening its doors to local students some 70 years back, began the slow diffusion of Vietnamese art into the local scenario. However, the cultural inception of Vietnamese art goes back much further.

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