Traditional art history has placed great emphasis on the individual style of an artist. The notion of personal style, that individuality can be uniquely expressed not only in the way an artist draws, but also in the stylistic quirks of an author’s writing, is perhaps an axiom of Western notions of identity. The identification of individual styles is especially important in the attribution of works to artists… How well do you understand the different “STYLES” of artwork? Abstract: Any art that illustrates anything, but not in the truest of forms, can be classified as abstract art. This is a real product of radical thought. In abstract paintings, you will never find a man, animal or even any real life object. Every object on the canvas is represented as either colors and or shapes. A simple shape on the painting can do many wonders. The artist might augment the shape with some simple exaggerations. Sometimes, the shape is scaled down to produce the effect the artist wants on the canvas. The colors on the canvas represent emotions and shapes symbolize objects. In the abstract style paintings of 21st century, anything can happen on the canvas. There is hardly any direction on the abstract paintings of today. Yet, the results are appealing and aesthetically satisfying.
Expressionism: A modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas.
Cubism: Another style of abstract art painting. But, Cubism was a strong presence in the art world even before abstract painting became prevalent. People like Picasso, Braque, Gris etc followed Cubism and made it famous. The world of art painting would have never been the same without contributions from these Cubist artists.
Surrealism: Although not the purest form of abstract painting, you will find traces of abstract thinking in Surrealism. This is actually a movement that sprouted in the early 20th century. It included writing and many forms of visual artworks. Obviously, paintings became a big part of this movement. These Surrealistic paintings could strike you with elements of surprise. This remains one of its primary features too. Juxtaposition, placing two abstract concepts together, is another feature of Surrealistic paintings.
Realism: An artistic movement that began in France in the 1850s, after the 1848 Revolution. Realists rejected Romanticism, which had dominated French literature and art since the late 18th century. Realism revolted against the exotic subject matter and exaggerated emotionalism and drama of the Romantic movement. Instead it sought to portray real and typical contemporary people and situations with truth and accuracy, and not avoiding unpleasant or sordid aspects of life. Realist works depicted people of all classes in situations that arise in ordinary life, and often reflected the changes brought by the Industrial and Commercial Revolutions. The popularity of such “realistic” works grew with the introduction of photography—a new visual source that created a desire for people to produce representations which look objectively real.