Spanish art is becoming popular day by day not only in Europe but it is also crossing the boundaries of America and Asia. Spain as a country remained a hotspot for the traders and also for the invaders. The Spanish art has the influences of so many different nations. It grew out of the racial character, conservative approach and self-centered theme. The famous artists of Spain have worked under the patron of church and the crown. The intervention of church has suppressed the inborn ability of the artists to unleash their imaginations. However still the artists keep on going and now achieved the status of world class art.
First artistic manifestation:
The first manifestation of the Spanish art is probably the oldest in the world. The Paleolithic cave paintings were the first manifestation of artists of the Spain. The deep caves with animals and ancient human beings were shown by them beautifully. These paintings were placed in Franco-Cantabrian school.
The Mesolithic paintings were the next to come. These paintings are categorized under the “Levantine School”. The paintings show the human activities like hunting and honey collection dramatically. These paintings also show the rocky shelters of human where they used to live in those days.
The art keep on evolving in the Spain and the third stage is very remarkable. The third stage is known as Neolithic Period. This period includes the paintings of small carved idols, chamber tombs and portal tombs. This stage has the influences from Greeks and Phoenicians who at time inhabited the Iberian Peninsula. The Celtic art was also grown in this period and is famous for the paintings of hill forts. The visigothic art also started in this period.
The Moorish influence:
The sprain has remained under the Muslim rule for so many years. This is illustrated in the art work of Spain. You can see the stunning pieces of art work made in the golden age of Islamic rule. At that time the al andalus was the cultural hub and you can see the stunning Islamic architecture even today in the Spain.
Fusion of European arts:
The European influence especially the Romanesque was predominantly seen in the Spanish arts after the decline of Muslim rule. Artists started Romanesque wall paintings and started using strong bold colors.
The gothic style:
With the end of Islamic rule the pure gothic style took its place in the Spain. The style was mainly European. Ferra Bassa become popular in this era and paints the fantastic scens.
Despite all these influences the Spain has been able to maintain its individuality keeping some of the traces of all the invaders.
The Spanish artists have their own distinction that is the form of expressionism in their art. Francisco Goya was the first painter and print maker who introduce this concept and then coming artists like Picasso falso followed it. In the 19th century the art work was separated from the influence of church and it started flourishing on new dimensions. The paintings of natural scens and sculptures become popular and still many artists exercise their creativity on these art works.
And now Spain in not behind in artwork than any other country in the world. The modern technologies such as photo to canvas and digital photos have made the work of artists more valuable. This is how the Spanish art has been evolved.
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