Modeling Modernism Part II

I made a slightly more involved model which describes the rise of modernism a little better. In this case the shade of the agent stands for a painters treatment of the picture plane: the darker the agent the more naturalistic the painting, the lighter the agent the more flattened the picture plane and the more abstract.


Early on the ‘Avant Garde’ starts to flatten out the picture plane, and second tier painters start to adopt their style to a lesser extent. Eventually, as increasing numbers of ‘fine art’ painters start abstracting there is a backlash. Perhaps we can think of one of the spots where black and white agents are adjacent as the simultaneity of ab-ex and pop art in NYC. Eventually the landscape becomes increasingly striated.

The next iteration will add 3 traits: flatness of the picture plane, use of color, and canvas size.

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