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Modern art in Rome

From Realism to Symbolism up to Expressionism, see some works by some of the great artists such as Cezanne, Monet, Gauguin and many others who lived between 800 and 900.

The Modern Art movement refers to the period from the second half of the 1800s until the 1970s, when the Post-Modern and Contemporary Art movements began. The art of this period is referred to as "modern" because the artists are starting to look down the styles of the past moving towards something new.

The beginning of modern art in general can be dated around 1863, when Edouard Manet exhibited the famous painting "Dejuneur sur l’herbe" in Paris. From this date onwards, many different styles of modern artwork began to flourish including the  Romance of William Turner and John Constable, whose themes were the infinite and endless landscape.

Modern art artists developed new styles and concepts, by critiquing styles from the past and trying to reinterpret them which resulted in various new styles including "Realism"which was a reflection of everyday life by such artists as Courbet and Millet; Impressionism from artists such as Degas, Cezanne, and Monet whose canvases reflected their own point of view or perception of a landscape and were best known for their "en plein air" technique;  Expressionism by artists Munch, Gauguin and Modigliani, whose style represented through art the inner movement of the spirit ;  Fauvism by Matisse and Vlamick , a violent expression through the very colors used in their compositions; and Cubism by Picasso and Léger, whose use of shapes and forms, sliced and rearranged to represent different points of view of the same thing; and also Futurism, Symbolism, and Surrealism.
Other Modern art styles include Futurism, whose artistic movement developed in Italy thanks to the work of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and the metaphysical paintings by Giorgio de Chirico;  and also Surrealism, whose artistic expression is made by an association of images, ideas and feelings, most notedly by artists Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dali.


Modern Art in Rome
Much of the artwork from this period is preserved in the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GNAM) in Rome. The large exhibition area contains the largest collection of Italian contemporary art with over 4,400 paintings and sculpture and about 13,000 drawings and prints by artists from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. If you like this kind of art, we suggest you visit the gallery, an exciting world full of color, images and emotions not to be missed. There are about 50 rooms, each dedicated to a different artist or a current feature of the pre-modern period, such as the Hall of Hercules, dedicated to the works and sculptures by Antonio Canova, Francesco Hayez, Tranquillo Cremona, Federico Faruffini or Hall of Sappho, dedicated to the Tuscan painter, in particular the movement of the Macchiaioli.

The National  Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art is easily reached by public transportation
For hours of operation, prices and reservations, please visit the official gallery website at http://www.galleriaartemodernaroma.it/.



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