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Who Were The Famous Artists Of The 1950's?

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During the early 1950s, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning were some of the most famous artists, then towards the mid-50s Pop Art became extremely popular across the US and the UK and other parts of Europe.

Pop Art is influenced by the bright colors in photography and comics and also TV, cinema and advertising. This bright, bold style was a whole new world for art towards the end of the 50s; Andy Warhol began to dominate the genre is and arguably the most famous pop-art artist today.

Pop art takes an object, sometimes a mundane everyday object, and places it out of context. When placed in this isolated situation, it makes it easier for viewers observe it and contemplate it away from the usual connotations.

In terms of music artists, 'rock-n-roll' emerged during the 1950s and artists such as Elvis Presley were enormously famous. Rock-n-roll focused on teen life for the first time which appealed to you people and proved to be very popular. Other famous artists included Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis, and they continue to be popular today.

Jazz, Bebop and Blues were also popular genres during the 1950s and stars such as Lester Young, Ben Webster, John Coltrane, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday were very famous.

During the 50s and 60s American folk music saw a revival and it is thought to be The Weavers who initially made the genre so popular. They combined traditional folk music with songs that were topical at the times and appealed to the generation. Their popularity then influenced other folk bands to join the trend and folk music became extremely popular in the US.

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