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Styles Definitions and descriptions of various artistic styles for sale on Artfuly


These are works that may have no relationship to reality at all, or present a visually codified version of individual reality that’s not dependent on recognizable objects. It can be based on a form that exists in reality, or it can be based purely on the imagination. In abstract art, the process is often just as important than the final product. 


Most indigenous art relies on a well-developed system of symbols and techniques imbued with their own meaning. Even representations of everyday objects tend to have a culturally stylistic overlay, removing them from realism, and establishing them firmly as semi-abstraction.


Rapid industrialization was transforming culture in the inter war period which was when Deco emerged.  The major attributes of deco is an embrace of technology.  It represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress of it’s day in the early 20th century. 


Bauhaus, was a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts. It operated from 1919 to 1933. The Bauhaus style became one of the most influential currents in architecture of its day and modern design. Bauhaus has influenced early 20th century developments in art, architecture, graphic design and interior design.


A cartoon is a form of two-dimensional illustrated visual art. Over time the specific definition has changed. It now refers to semi-realistic paintings or drawings intended for satire, caricature, or humor. A cartoonist is one who creates cartoons.


Cubism is modern art that’s not supposed to look real.  The artist uses geometric shapes to show what he is trying to paint. Cubism was the beginning of the Abstract and Non-objective art styles.


Is usually reserved for art that has been modified by a computing process. Artworks are considered digital paintings when created in similar fashion to non-digital paintings but using software on a computer platform and digitally outputting the resulting image as painted on canvas.


These works describe a personal emotional state and tend to be strident and angst ridden but still relies on elements that are recognizably realistic for additional narrative power. In Expressionist Art, the artist tries to express certain feelings about something. The artists that painted in this style were more concerned with having their paintings express a feeling than in making the painting look exactly like what they were painting.


An artistic and critical approach which stresses form over content in a work of art.


A viral flourishing sub culture form of art originally a tool to mark territorial boundaries of urban youth.  Now though, street art is going mainstream and is a tool for communicating views or expressing political concerns,  , asking difficult questions and considered by some a nuisance.


Related text and art combined often in comic-strip form. 


Illustration is the art of creating images to complement expressions in other media.


Abstract Expressionism is a school of art that developed from expressionism. Originatingin the U.S. in the 1940s, with sources in earlier movements marked in common by freedom of technique.


In Pointillism, the artist uses small dots or strokes of paint to make up the pictures. From far away, these dots blend together to form the picture and give the impression of different colors as they blend together. 


Pop Art is short for Popular Art. It is inspired by comic strips, advertising, and popular entertainment. These works use motifs found in popular and commercial culture, often presenting them in a way that challenges our perception and acceptance of these everyday goods and services, as well as everyday lives.


These works often look like snap-shots from a dream using symbolism and distorted reality.

Surrealists’ paintings were generally based on dreams. Their paintings were filled with familiar objects that were painted to look strange or mysterious. They hoped their odd paintings would make people look at things in a different way and change the way they felt about things. They thought that their paintings might stir up feelings in the back of peoples’ minds.


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