How Art Has Developed Essay

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How Art Has Changed The history of art is a wide space of styles, people, time periods, and most importantly, ideas. However, as time has passed, it has imposed a broader view of artistic history, seeking a comprehensive overview of all the civilizations and analysis of their artistic production. Art to me is anything and everything that can stimulate your five sense and provoke a strong emotion. Today, art enjoys a wide network of study and preservation of all the artistic legacy of mankind throughout history; from the Paleolithic period all the way to here and now in the modern day. Many things have changed while others have stayed the same. One important aspect that has always stayed the same against the sands of time was that we, as humans, enjoy art. Whether it be a 12.5 million dollar Monet painting or your child's crayon drawing they did in school, seeing art can make you smile, while other times, it makes you ponder.

My art taste varies depending on how I feel or how I want to feel during that time, but even during that, my favorite style is "Art Deco" or "Art Nouveau." It started around 1925 and went al the way to the 1940's. I like the vintage feel it gives me considering that it is truly vintage.
The style of those time periods facsinates me and it's where I get a lot of inspiration from. My favorite artist though is Henri de Toulouse­Lautrec. He was a French artist born on November
24, 1864. Though he was born earlier than the "Art Deco" craze and even died before it, his work reminds me of the vintage style of the roaring 20's­40's. Henri was a part of the Post
Impressionist art period. This means he worked along side some of the biggest names to this day like Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin.

"Art didn't start with the Art Deco period," some may say. I know this, but the real question is do you know where it began? Like aforementioned, it started with the Paleolithic time period.
During this day and age, most things considered art were actually pieces of houseware made from stone or clay painted with various types of minerals ground up. Suddenly though, the people during this time began to paint on walls and create magnificent works notably the caves of Altamira, Trois Frères, Chauvet and Lascaux. Next is the Neolithic period. This period—from c. 8000 BCE, was a profound change for the ancient man, who became sedentary and engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry.
Neolithic painting was schematic, reduced to basic strokes almost like the Paleolithic period.
In this period there appear the first traces of urbanistic planimetry, noting the remains in Tell as­Sultan (Jericho), Jarmo (Iraq) and Çatalhöyük (Anatolia). Next is the Metal Age which is the last prehistoric phase. During this time, the use of elements such as copper, bronze and iron proved to be a great material transformation for these ancient societies. Very famous works from this time are the Megalith emerged, monuments of

stone (Stonehenge). Another style, La Tene was developed between the 5th and 4th century
BCE, and is more popularly known as early Celtic art. This produced swords and spears, which have not survived well, but bronze continued to be used for highly decorated shields, fibulas, and other…