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The Vintage Poster on Your Wall Is More Than A Design Choice
Minimalistic art pieces should serve a function in your homes. Minimalist Arts makes buying few equivalents to buying something of significance.
There are several reasons why you would want to buy vintage art. Design-wise they'd look nice on any bedroom wall or above your kitchen counter. But there's more to them than being the highlight piece.
Industrial Era and the Origins of Vintage Art
The changes brought about by the Industrial era were as efficient as the conveyor belts that assisted the mass-production of bottles of Pepsi Cola and Ford automobiles. The general public had too little time for leisure, and children worked hours at a factory, a problem that would be one of several to arise in the following decades.
Artists on the other hand were contemplative of the situation. Romanticism was the response to the steel and smoke that was overtaking rural areas. During this era, artists had two options: take advantage of the conveniences offered by technological developments, or leave for the countryside.
Of course, there were always divided opinions on how to best go about the situation. Photographers rode trains to cities and took pictures of individuals and their busy lives. More often than not, these subjects brought with them commercial products that would define the period of time they were in.
These black-and-white photographs are in stark contrast to the more subtle paintings of Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. However, these photographs were also indicators of a trend that would soon define vintage art. Telegraphs, steam engines, and Edison's lightbulb would be the conceptual precursors to steampunk, the sci-fi offspring that would become vintage in its own right.
Posters, Pastels, and Pops of Color
The introduction of strong reds, yellows, and blues gave artists an opportunity to make more vibrant art. It did take almost a century and a half for artists to make good use of these colors. It was in the late 1900s that posters saw an increase in popularity, especially in France.
The obsession for posters died down decades later, and a more subdued palette would become the norm, especially in the US. Pastel colors were first manufactured during the 15th century in France. The country was a hotspot of artists that would then travel to American shores and make a significant impact on the style of several other artists. Mary Cassatt was one of these artists.
Mary Cassatt's work was significant as her work reflected the feminist movement during the Industrial era. Her use of pastels communicated the delicate nature of women in an otherwise robotic time.
And just like how pastels arrived in the US, the British' love for beach trips followed. British aristocrats took a break from the highly-industrialized cities and went to the beaches for the fresh air. Artists fell back into Romanticism, and works like Camille on the Beach by Claude Monet were inspirations for the use of pastel and the beach as the choice of subject.
The choice of subdued colors became even more significant post World War II. A belief circulating among housewives of that time involved the use of soft pinks and blues to calm their husbands that returned from the war. If anything, pieces painted with pastels today serve as a gentle reminder of the horrors of international conflict.
The Conclusion: Vintage Art Is Significant
Thanks to these prior developments, society is comfortable and safe, housed in bare white walls acting as blank canvases. Vintage poster art makes living rooms, or living spaces, a little less monotonous.
The industrial era is long gone and aesthetic vintage minimalist arts have finally found their place, not as works of active revolt but as calm reminders of a time where excesses as thick as smoke clouded everyone's minds.