headship over the 20th century was the abstract - the replacement of real objects in the picture on geometric shapes and color combinations.One of the founders of this trend was the Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944 years of life).His work is a reflection of the thoughts and feelings of the artist - the colorful and erratic.The most famous works of Kandinsky - "Swing", "composition", "East" and "Moscow" - entered the golden fund of world abstract art.

modern abstractionist


Today, one of the most popular is considered abstract American painter Christopher Wool (born in 1955).He has been creating monochrome canvases of intersecting lines, as well as the image of a large black letters on a white background.

Imitates some works his great compatriot Pablo Picasso's young but already quite famous Spanish artist Fernando Vicente (1963).One of the acclaimed series of his pictures dedicated to the female body with anatomical features, the other - the maps depicting the continents in the form of figures of animals and people.The artist works in Madrid and continuously publishes his illustrations in the newspaper El Pais.

Realism paintings on


Despite the rapid development of abstract genres of fine art, realism is still popular in the 20th and 21st century.Among the contemporary Russian artists, the most famous representative of realism is Alexander Shilov (born in 1943).His main genre - portrait, a reflection of the person and his or her identity.For contribution to the development of the domestic art Shilov has received numerous awards, including the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", "Order of Honor" and "Order of Alexander Nevsky."

No less striking Russian realist - Ilya Glazunov (born 1930).The monumental work of this painter reflect historical scenes, sketches from the life of the city, as well as serve as illustrations of the famous works of Russian literature.

Expressionism in the art of painting


American reality reflected in his works, the artist and photographer Richard Prince (born 1949).His unique style combines the tradition of Pop Art and Expressionism.The themes of Prince - cowboys, biker gang, celebrities - all close and understandable to the typical American.

One of the most famous contemporary artists of the East is a Chinese painter Zeng Fanchzhi (1964).His works are full of expression, grotesque and emotional expressiveness.The most famous series of paintings of the artist: Hospital Series and Mask Series.Its author's interpretation of the "Last Supper" was sold at auction, "Sotheby's" for 23.3 million dollars.

contemporary art can be admired, it is possible to criticize or simply do not understand.Nevertheless, it is unique, original and is a "mirror" of our time.