Oil vs Synthetic Polymer: Trends in MoMA Paintings

Based on this dataset of MoMA art collection: https://www.kaggle.com/momanyc/museum-collection



Looks like synthetic polymer was fashionable in the 70s, and oil paintings slowly regained some popularity in MoMA until 2000s.

I expected a higher percentage of watercolor and acrylic paintings, but they are very negligible in the MoMA collection.


I’m surprised to see that linen beats wood and paper in recent years. Most linen entries are oil on linen. Perhaps it’s time to do some reading and learn the difference between oil on linen versus oil on canvas.

P.S. Highly recommend the free summer concerts at MoMA! The ongoing Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit is also worth visiting.


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