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Mid-Century Modern Art

What you know as today’s modern art wouldn’t be what it is without Mid-Century Modern art. Staying true to its title, this zany style was born in the 1940s and remained prominent until the 1960s, but it truly was the start of the movement to change the face of art, as we knew it. Previously, art was all about realism. You had to take what you saw in front of you and paint it exactly as it appeared. It wasn’t until this time that art became about expression and intrigue.

For example, close-up images of nature might not have been titled “art” before, but Mid-Century Modern designs have a different idea. David Gray’s “Four Reeds” is a tight shot of four sticks floating in water and “Stacking Stones 2 Teal” by Sandro De Carvalho is a stack of four smooth stones. Before this movement, artists might have scoffed at these images, but the open-mindedness that really took off in the middle of the 1900s helped art become something totally new.

Mid-Century Modern Artwork

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Organized
by Tom Reeves
27" x 27"
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Mod Leaves I
by Aimee Wilson
12" x 15"
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Mid-Century House #1 - Chrysler Black Dog
by Larry Hunter
14" x 10"
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Marble Foliage III
by Posters International Studio
18" x 18"
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Samba Two
by Rex Ray
20" x 26"
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Mid Century Chair I
by Posters International Studio
12" x 12"
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Shattered Earth
by Hilario Gutierrez
28" x 28"
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Retro Spectrum II
by John Kime
24" x 24"
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Coalescence II
by Lanie Loreth
24" x 24"
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Masque I
by Victoria Barnes
18" x 24"
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Tidelands Abstract IV
by Rob Delamater
24" x 18"
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MCM Radio I
by Posters International Studio
12" x 12"
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Frond I
by Posters International Studio
12" x 17"
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Four Reeds
by David Gray
20" x 21"
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Golden Aspen
by Albert Koetsier
13" x 13"
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Queued
by Edward Selkirk
18" x 11"
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Stacking Stones 2 Teal
by Sandro De Carvalho
13" x 13"
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Piedras Bolas 1
by Moises Levy
14" x 20"
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Agate Rings
by Jace Grey
13" x 13"
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Mapping Bauhaus III
by Rob Delamater
18" x 24"
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Tides in Sepia I
by Rob Delamater
18" x 24"
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Mod Fern
by Aimee Wilson
12" x 15"
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Mod Peace and Mint
by Linda Woods
18" x 18"
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Mars Abstraction
by OnRei
13" x 13"
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Color Combo I
by Eva Watts
18" x 18"
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Lattice 4
by Diane Stimson
13" x 13"
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Orange Eames Chair
by Naxart
18" x 26"
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Lined Pattern
by Jace Grey
13" x 13"
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Triangular Animals Bright
by Jace Grey
6" x 18"
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Calypso Floral I
by Nancy Slocum
22" x 22"
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Nest IV
by June Erica Vess
24" x 24"
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Eames Rocking Chair 1
by Naxart
18" x 26"
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Bullseye II
by June Erica Vess
24" x 24"
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Forest Motif III
by June Erica Vess
17" x 17"
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Bamboo Forest
by Beverly Crawford
20" x 26"
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The abstract also became more appreciated with the so-called “Art Revolution.” James Burghardt’s creation “Modern Dance III” shows several different shades of brown lines, which cross over each other in a curvy “x” shape, and “Green Space III” by Beverly Crawford shines a new light on the color green.

So, if you appreciate today’s art, tip your hat to the radical Mid-Century Modern art images that came after World War II. The bold and the new became the focus of art as opposed to the perfect and the mundane.
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