Pictures by Art Styles
An art style or art direction is used in art history to order works of particular epochs, artists or groups of artists. The terms used usually describe the characteristic features of the pictures or the painting technique. The art styles are trying to master the tremendous variety of works of art with a pattern of order.
Of course, art styles are invented so that certain artists get a unique selling point and the sales of the corresponding works of art is increased. However, many works of art can not really be categorized because they use features of different art styles or fall out of the ordinary.
For Art for All we have limited ourselves to the most important art styles and epoch styles, so that you do not have to complete an art study beforehand in order to be able to find pictures at Art for All.
It breaks the barriers of the traditional figurative art. The means of representation as colour, form, and line represent only themselves, they don't need a natural model any longer (Autonomy of pictorial means).
Greek, roman, and egyptian arts in the period up to the fifth post christian century. Its pictures are known to us especially by wall, floor, and ceiling painitings as well as by pictures on commodities as vases or coffins and of course by numberless sculptures.
The works of this period, also called modern style, were created in the time between 1890 and 1910 (“Fin de siecle“), they are characterized among other elements by decorative curves and floral ornaments. The Art nouveau answers the industrialization and its machine-made mass products by recalling the arts and craft tradition that is supposed to bring beauty and joy into people's everyday lives.
Art from Asia. In the western world especially art works from China, Japan, and India are well known and have influenced a lot of european artists as Vincent van Gogh. In particular Buddhist and Hindu motifs have always fascinated the western public. Japanese woodcuts for instance have become very popular and inspiring in Europe.
The art style that dominated in Europe in the seventeenth century. Although some features appear in Dutch art, the Baroque style was limited mainly to Catholic countries. It is a style in which painters, sculptors, and architects sought emotion, movement, and variety in their works.
This kind of Art is in particular to be found in the hand made books of the Middel Ages. The best known illustrations are in the bibles and publications of courtly literature. Also in the jewish and arabic-muslim culture area there is a long tradition of book illustration in spite of the prohibition of images.
The artistic representation of writing. Asthetic representation of writing is more important than easy legibility. The roots of Calligraphics are to be found in the spiritual realm (copying of holy texts).
The period of classicism began about the year 1760. Its models are the works of the ancient times and the Italian Renaissance. The aim of classicistic Arts was to create an idealizing beauty by means of measure and harmony. To show the idea of perfect nature was more important than depicting nature itself.
Art made with the assistance of computers, mostly in the sense of mathematical Arts, where pictures are created by algorithms, or of fractal art. Computer Arts has been existing since the 1950s.
An art movement dominant in Germany from 1905-1925, that opposed naturalism and impressionism. Expressionist artists tried to form their inner experience rather than real forms. Many of the them were influenced by the traumatic experiences of World War I.
Development of realism in which natural phenomena are inserted into pictures in a way which defies logic.
Gothic designates an epoch of painting and architecture from the 12th until the 16th century. Mostly religious motifs are depicted but also secular motifs as scenes from court life can be found. Among the great names of gothic are Hieronymus Bosch, Giotto, and Matthias Grünewald, who created the paintings of the Isenheim Altar.
French art movement of the late 19th century that, inspired by scientific knowledges about the physical compositions of colours, tried to render them in an exact as possible way. To this purpose the impressionists went into nature (plein-air-painting), to catch their subjects as they were. The surrounding light conditions let contours blur and the visual impression prevails (Atomization of the objective world).
Modern art or “classical modernism“ begins with the 20th century. Modern art contains still the realistic figurative representation but also its rejection up to total abstraction. It is characterized by artistic experimentation and the rejection of the traditional use of colours and forms. The classical modernism includes different art styles as expressionism, cubismus or “New objectivity“.
Amateur or hobby painting that is recognized now as an independent artistic art style. The design of the naive painting mostly is idyllic, realistic and partly fairy-tale. The persons in the picture are depicted in a striking figural stiffness.
Art style of the late 19th century. Like realism it depicts only the visible reality. The artist strictly follows the natural model without any intention to interprete. Reality is shown lifelike without any idealization. Thus also motifs from ordinary people's life or from the working world belong to the popular themes of naturalism.
Optical (or digital) medium for collecting, recording and creating visual images. The first modern cameras were developed by Daguerre in 1838 and Niepce in 1826. Photography was already practised as an art in the 1860s.
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Originating in children's book illustration they also include children's tv and film favourites.
Modern Art movement that was born at the same time in the 1950s in USA and Great Britain. It takes its motifs from mass culture and entertainment industry. Andy Warhol and Keith Haring are the most famous artist of Pop Art.
Images from the prehistory of humanity are known to us through cave paintings. The oldest known cave paintings were created about 40000 years ago in today's Spain. Most of these pictures are animal depictions probably serving primarily cultic purposes.
More a style of representation than a period the realism tries to reproduce reality true to life. There are many different forms of realism such like socialist realism, social realism, and magic realism.
The period in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, that was characterized by a renewed interest in ancient Greek and Roman art, philosophy, and science. Renaissance began in italy and spread over other european countries. It prefered motives from greek and roman mythology. Taking great interest in natural sciences and the individual human being, renaissance painters began to protray human beings and their environment in a more realistic manner. The portait became one of the typical forms of renaissance art.
The Rococo represents the European art from 1730 to 1780. It followed the Baroque, whose severe, pompous and pathetic forms it changed into the light, playful and dainty. Thus the pastel with its soft and delicate colours became the favourite technique of the Rococo.
Emerged at the end of the 18th century as a counterweight to idealism and classicism, and had a musical movement of the same name.
Motifs from the field of sporting activity, mostly motorsport, tennis, basketball und boxing. Most of the pictures from this subject area are photographs. The representation of dynamic movements improve the impression of reality. We find here not only representations of sporting performance but also portraits, especially of charismatic personalities as the US-American Box Champion Mohammed Ali.