Traditional artwork may be labeled as such with the knowledge that all artwork is a progression that grows just as traditions themselves.
Contemporary or modern artwork uses past and present artwork as a basis for which it pushes beyond the edge of traditions with new ideas and interpretation
There is no best or better painting there are only many talented artists with many different viewers art should be appreciated with variety at which it is experienced
A painter like all artists are able to communicate not only the ideas and world we see but from our own perspective of those things. This makes the interpretation of the content in the painting just as important as the content itself.