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Jeffery Wright Seminars in Art September 25 2004 Stylistic Intentions In the mid to late nineteenth century the word modernism was coined and came to represent a kind of lifestyle or set of ideas that was going on at the time Basically modernism represented a concept that involved constant change and reflected the consciousness of that period Throughout this time period though the need for creativity had not changed but artists were integrating this need for modernism in their works Today the stylistic nature of their works is still in debate Additionally it is clear that the idea of modernism had an effect on the artists works in terms of originality sensations effect flatness and moral integrity Originality sensation and moral integrity were three components that artists integrated into their works which created a fulfilling artistic experience to the works themselves to the artist and to art aficionados These three elements represented what the artists saw The portrayal of the real world and capturing its sensation were the true goals of these artists in terms of modernism Examples of these components are easily recognizable in the works of Edouard Manets The Bathers Moreover the art would only flourish if the artist had moral integrity that is if the artist remained pure sincere to the body of work that he produced In theory art should speak for itself that is the artist work when finished should convey an overall message and this message is achieved through effect which is arrived at by certain conventions or techniques used by the artist In terms of modernism the quality of the work or the effect should be recognized first and the work itself should never distract from this key Wright 2 element This key element or effect is further heightened or achieved through flatness With regards to modernism and its traditions flatness exposes rather than masks the means of the painting Essentially as you can
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