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Originality vs. Influences in 20th century Art

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Individuality in 20th Century Art

20th Century art has spawned great art forms . Its evident transformation had triggered the question of whether or not the development was caused by the pure genius of the artist or by the preceding art that he was born into . This essay will discuss how the artists of the 20th century have made art almost indefinable (Nicolas Pioch , The 20th century ) by looking into the quotes of Immanuel Kant (1790 ) and Andre Malraux (1953 , as well as looking at some actual works before

and after 1950 which would illustrate that art has clearly become an expression of an artist 's emotions and thoughts as honed by the past As individuality steps in , we will closely look at how an individual 's person is actually affected by his experiences and orientation on various aspects of his existence such as how he could have been raised how he may have been exposed to previous artworks and the like

Immanuel Kant , in his quote from the Critique of Judgment (1790 ) had clearly defined genius as , a talent for producing that for which no definite rule can be given . I believe that this is like how scientists are referred to as geniuses , they have defied popular beliefs or what had actually become a norm for their time or era . They would produce materials that are not usual for the majority . Similar to this , I believe that such was also the case as he may have found that an artwork , which proved to be unique for its genre , is already a product of a genius . A good example of what was said to be a work of a genius was that of Vincent Van Gogh 's Starry Night and Donatello 's Crucifix (images shown in the Documentation . These were considered unique and were painted outside the what was considered as standard during their time or era , as these works had clearly defied the usual idea of what our usual picture of the heavens is (Starry Night ) as well as the common picture of how Christ was crucified . Texture of these creations also scream of individuality as was the case with Van Gogh 's work

As was said by I . Kant , originality must be its primary property for an art to be considered as the work of a genius . It is clear he meant that it was something that was not usually done but did not deduce it to not being influenced at all by artworks that came before them Instead the focus was on how they have made their creations different from the others without necessarily straying from the same idea or thought . Like in Van Gogh 's work , there had already been paintings depicting the heavens at night but its form and texture as well as the colors utilized were clearly out of the ordinary and had been very original despite the presence of previous artworks that had been made

On the other hand , Andre...

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