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> It makes sense: as media capture reaches maximum fidelity, creative expression increasingly involves the purposeful choice of infidelities.

This reflects what occurred in European art from the 1850s through the turn of the century: paintings becoming less “pixel perfect” as Realism [1] gave way first to Impressionism [2] and then to Expressionism [3].

[1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(arts)

[2]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impressionism

[3]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressionism




I take a slight issue with initial description of Realism in the wiki article. Realism was much more grounded in depicting real life, real people, instead of kings and wars and Jesus etc. It was much more of a socio political statement than just "painting things as life like as possible".

The paintings were still very staged and stylized. (I have an MA in Art History which really helps centering Div's with CSS)


The rise of impressionism and expressionism was because of photography actually. Photographs took the role of painters to reproduce perfectly reality.




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