Art styles describe the way the artwork looks. Style is basically the manner in which the artist portrays his or her subject matter and how the artist expresses his or her vision. Part of the appreciation of fine art is the range of art styles to admire and choose from. As a fan of art, you will enjoy the experience more when you understand which particular art style you happen to be viewing at the moment. Here is an overview of five popular painting styles in no particular order.

1.Pop art

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the UK and the US during the mid- to late-1950s. The movement presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture, such as advertising, comic books and mundane mass-produced cultural objects.

Marylin Monroe pop art

2.Realism (a.k.a naturalism)

Realism is a style of art regarded by most as “real art“. This is because it generally attempts to represent subject matter truthfully as in real life but stops short of appearing like a photograph.

Realism art
The End of the Working Day (french : fin du travail)

3. Abstract

Abstract art is an art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.

Wassily Kandinsky Abstract Expressionist - Manhattan Arts
Wassily kandinsky’s abstract art

4. Surrealism

Surrealism is a modern art style of painting that juxtaposes, various abstract concepts together to give a startling effect. Surrealist paintings are often illogical and express imaginative dreams with visions that emphasize the subconscious rather than rationale.

The Persistence of Memory Painting by Salvador Dalí

5. Impressionism

Impressionism is a style of painting that has the appearance of being rough and unfinished, and characterized by small, thin visible brushstokes. Impressionism is more a representation of an artist’s impression. It does not try to be accurate in its detail, but rather, is more like an expression of the heart.

The Artist's Garden at Giverny - Wikipedia
The Artist’s Garden at Giverny
Painting by Claude Monet

Which of these popular art styles are your favourite? Tell us in the comments below.



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