The major modern & contemporary visual artists (up to 10.000). Famous, established and emerging artists since 1900 are represented with their portrait, biography and/or portfolio, with links to webresources to find anything you want to know about them, with images of their work, comprehensive biographies and articles, and if it exists, the artist ‘s personal website. Members are able to write comments and add new information. Professional artists can become part of the-artists.org by building their own portfolio or profile. In short: This is a website for art lovers, art students, artists, art historians, large and small collectors, museumcurators, art gallery owners and exhibition organisers.

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Search artist by alphabet, style, movement, technique, biennial, art prize or use the artist search engine. the-artists.org generates over 7 million unique visitors a year. When you need to contact an artist, we do not have contact addresses. The best option to get an address is to find the representive gallery of the artist: Google: “#artist name# gallery”

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What is Modern Art?

For centuries artists enjoyed their place serving the Church, the aristocracy and current public conventions or tradition. Their handiwork decorated castles, stately homes and Churches with allegorical, mythological and religious subject matter. But towards the end of the 18th century things began to change. It was in fact the French Revolution of 1789 which caused the shift. The Modern era unfolded in its shadow. Under the mantra of liberty, equality and fraternity, society was irrevocably transformed. Art had become a subject like philosophy and was open to be discussed. Artists became self conscious and self reliant. They were no longer constrained by a preconceived style, subject matter or technique. They critically examined existing conventions and created new possibilities for art. From the late 18th century many artists and art movements arose which challenged traditional thinking about painting, It is widely believed that Modern Art began with the work of the Frenchman, Paul Cezanne. (1839 - 1906) . He built upon the new techniques developed by his predeccesors (like the Impressionists), and together with this tried to recapture a sense of order and clarity. His efforts opened the way for Cubism which reformed painting even more. Many more movements followed, all challenging and transforming the act of painting in their own way. By the late 1960's, and early 1970's artists began to experiment with new media, such as video and performance and moved away from painting. It is here then, where Modernism is said to have ended and a new era begun.

What is Contemporary Art?

Contemporary art is simply the art created in our lifetime. The subject matter explored is considered to be the most socially conscious,of any previous era. And the techniques employed reflect everyday life. Artists use video, multimedia, nature, music and more, to express their ideas.