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Styles Information

  • Impressionism – is characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. (Known Artists of this style – Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir).
  • Realism – (Naturalism) generally is the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, or implausible, exotic, and supernatural elements. (Known Artists of this style – Gustave Courbet, Jean-François Millet, Ilya Repin, Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper).
  • Abstract – is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. (Known Artists of this style – Jackson Pollock).
  • Classical – is commonly defined as art from western antiquity. All Greek art and Roman art was created during the period known as Classical Antiquity, which lasted roughly from about 1000 BCE to 450 CE.
  • Modern – art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation. Modernism encompasses other styles of art. (Known Artists of this style – Henri Matisse, Eugène Delacroix, Georgia O’Keeffe).
  • Vintage – art which is generally commercial artwork created from the 19th through the mid-20th century.
  • Surrealism – painting unnerving, illogical scenes, sometimes with photographic precision, creating strange creatures from everyday objects, and developing painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself. (Known Artists of this style – Andre Breton and Salvador Dali).
  • Expressionism –art in which the artist seeks to depict not objective reality but rather the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events arouse within a person. The artist accomplishes this aim through distortion, exaggeration, primitivism, and fantasy and through the vivid, jarring, violent, or dynamic application of formal elements. (Known Artists of this style – Edvard Munch).
  • Contemporary – is the art of today, produced in the second half of the 20th century or in the 21st century. Contemporary artists work in a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world. Their art is a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts, and subjects that continue the challenging of boundaries that was already well underway in the 20th century.
  • Pop – is art that challenges the traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane mass-produced cultural objects. One of its aims is to use images of popular (as opposed to elitist) culture in art, emphasizing the banal or kitschy elements of any culture, most often through the use of irony. In pop art, material is sometimes visually removed from its known context, isolated, or combined with unrelated material. (Known Artists of this style – Andy Warhol).
  • Tribal – is the visual arts and material culture of indigenous peoples. Although occasionally referred to as Primitive, this term is considered pejorative. (Known Artists of this style – Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau).
  • Minimalism – art that uses limited material to create a desired effect. (Known Artists of this style – Donald Judd, Yayoi Kusama and Frank Stella).