Kinetic Art

Kinetic Art

Kinetic Art

Kinetic art is art expressed by any means which includes movement that can be seen by the viewer or depends on motion for its operation. The earliest examples of kinetic art come from painting on canvas which expands the perspective of the viewer and incorporates multi-dimensional motion. More specifically, in modern times the term kinetic art is about three-dimensional sculptures and works like the kinetic which move mechanically or physically. The moving parts are activated mainly by air, mechanisms or manually. Kinetic art encompasses a variety of techniques and styles.

Also, there is kinetic art which relates to the virtual movement or movement which is perceived by certain corners or sections of the project. This term often collides with the term “apparent motion”, which many people use when referring to movement caused by machinery or electrical systems. Both the obvious and the virtual drive are categories of kinetic art which was recently recognized as a style of Op art. Artists and art historians agree that notwithstanding the fact that these two styles (Kinetic art and Op art) share some common facts they cannot come under the same umbrella.


“Kinetic Art” as a term was developed by a range of sources. This art has its roots in the late 19th century where Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Edward Manet who experimented with the movement of the human figure on the canvas. These three impressionists painters sought to create art which simulate life. The portraits of Degas depicting dancers and racehorses are an example of what we believe is the “photographic realism”. In the late 19th century artists like Degas caused the movement against photography with vivid landscapes and portraits.

In the early 20th century, some artists increasingly tended to attach to their art dynamic movement. Naum Gabo, one of the two artists who contributed to name this style, often wrote about his work that is an example of “kinetic rhythm.” He considered that the kinetic sculpture “Kinetic construction” was the first of its kind. From 1920 to 1960 the style of kinetic art was redesigned by a group of artists who experimented with other forms in sculptures.

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