History of Acrylic Painting

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Acrylic painting is a moderately modern form for artistic expression, compared to oil and watercolour. According to history, oil paints got their roots in western olden times. (1) And water colours are emerged from renaissance, (2) whereas acrylics came into existence just during development of past century. (3) Just like watercolours and oil paints, acrylic proposes its own diverse set of features and traits, most remarkably its flexibility, proximity, and sturdiness. Many artists today and from its invention are fascinated to acrylic painting for its foremost bright colours and sharp brushstrokes and lines, as well as for the paint’s capacity to be used on a variety of surfaces and mixed with a multitude of other media. As all said and done, acrylic painting offers a wide range of tactics, providing a wealth of creative possibility for artistic revolution and fresh new concepts.

Here goes the history of the invention and development of acrylic painting as an artistic standard over the progression of the 20th century:

The Invention:
Otto Röhm the German chemists created acrylic resin, which was quickly transformed into acrylic paint. In 1901, Röhm published his thesis on the polymerization products of acrylic acid. Röhm held a German patent for polyacrylic ester as a paint binder for practice in drying oils in industrial paints and lacquers in 1915. Acrylic resins were mainly projected for industrial use in initial years. (4)

Artistic Use of Acrylic:
Early experimentation with acrylic paint in artistic contexts began in the first half of the 20th century. In first half of 20th Century began the research and testing of acrylic paint in artistic frameworks. Mexican muralists began try out with these synthetic means in the 1920s and 1930s. In 1936, the Mexican social realist muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros originated and held a workshop in New York City to research with the modern synthetics and approaches of application, many of it were used in his Echo of a Scream (1937). One prominent attendee of this workshop was Jackson Pollock, who later used synthetic gloss enamel paints for his dripping and pouring procedures.

In late 1940s, primary version of acrylic paints was offered and sold under the name of Magna, which were, mineral spirit-based paints instead of water-based. Many renowned artists of the time tried this new painting form, by 1955, the first commercially available water based acrylic paints were out in markets.

Acrylic Paintings: Influencing Artistic Movements
Acrylics provided a supreme form for art forms like: as pop culture, photorealism, abstract expressionism, and pop art. American artists and British artists were fascinated to the acrylic medium for the litheness given by these paints. Media could be mixed, various textures and uniformities could be achieved (by mixing sand, water, or other elements into the paint), colours could be transparent or opaque, letting artists work much more rapidly due to its significantly quicker drying time. In essence, a whole new wave of creativity and opportunity in the modern art world was opened up by the arrival of acrylic painting. Even today it is still a strong inspiration in artistic methods and tendencies.

Acrylic painting marked influence in the expansion of 20th century art movements. The resourcefulness it offers to the artist, reveals infinite creative outlooks that are still being discovered till date.

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1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_of_Europe
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watercolor_painting
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylic_paint
4. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/landmarks/acrylicemulsion.html
5. https://creativesaints.com/
6. https://www.smmally.com/

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