Styles of Art
Abstract artists felt that paintings did not have to show only things that were recognizable. In their paintings they did not try to show people, animals, or places exactly as they appeared in the real world. They mainly used color and shape in their paintings to show emotions. Some Abstract art is also called Non-objective art. In non-objective art, you do not see specific objects. It is not painted to look like something specific.
Cubism is modern art made up mostly of paintings. The paintings are not supposed to look real.The artist uses geometric shapes to show what he is trying to paint. Early cubists used mainly grays, browns, greens, and yellows. After 1914, Cubists started to use brighter colors. Cubism was the beginning of the Abstract and Non-objective art styles.
Marcel Iancu, Romanian cubist painter
Expressionism. In Expressionist Art, the artist tries to express certain feelings about some thing. 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.
Fauvism was an art style that lasted only four years, beginning in 1905. The leader of this movement was Henri Matisse. The word Fauvism is French for wild beasts. It got this name because the paintings had bright and unusual colors. The subjects in the paintings were shown in a simple way, and the colors and patterns were bright and wild.
Impressionism was developed in France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These pieces of art were painted as if someone just took a quick look at the subject of the painting. The paintings were usually in bold colors and did not have a lot of detail. The paintings in this style were usually outdoor scenes like landscapes. The pictures were painted to look like they were shimmering.
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 can be any every day item that is drawn in a brash and colorful way. Pop Art is short for Popular Art. It is inspired by comic strips, advertising, and popular entertainment.
Romanian pop art
Postimpressionism began in the 19th century. It was mainly still lifes and landscapes. The postimpressionists liked to use lots of colors and shadows.
Nicolae Darascu, Romanian postimpressionist painter
Primitivism. Primitive Art looks like art that is done by a child. Usually the picture is painted very simply, and the subjects are "flat", or two-dimensional.
Realism is a type of art that shows things exactly as they appear in life. It began in the 18th century, but the greatest Realist era was in the mid-19th century. Most Realists were from France, but there were some famous American painters who were Realists also.
Surrealism. Surrealists paintings were generally based on dreams. Their paintings were filled with familiar objects which 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 people’s minds.
The arts is a broad subdivision of culture, composed of many expressive disciplines. It is a broader term than art, which as a description of a field usually means only the visual arts comprising fine art, decorative art, architecture and crafts. The arts encompasses visual arts, literature, the performing arts, including music, drama, film, dance and related media, and by some definitions other areas such as fashion.
Art is the process or product of arranging elements in a way that appeals to the sense or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music and literature.
Traditionally, the term art was used to refer to any skill or mastery. This conception changed during the Romantic period, when art came to be seen as a special faculty of the human mind to be classified with religion and science. Generally, art is made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions.
Britannica Online defines it as the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others.
By any of these definitions of the word, artistic works have existed for almost as long as humankind: from early pre-historic art to contemporary art.
Art can describe several things: a study of creative skill, a process of using the creative skill, a product of the creative skill, or the audience’s experience with the creative skill.
Art is something that stimulates an individual's thoughts, emotions, beliefs, or ideas through the senses. It is also an expression of an idea and it can take many different forms and serve many different purposes.
What is art? A beautiful way of seeing things? A different one?
We can call art all that we want these days, I like to define art as a different way of seeing things, a different perception of something. But it’s not enough to have another perception, it has to be an interesting one, in such a way that other people can also understand it or at least like it and buy it :)Who tells you if you did a good job with your work? Many people can do that, your boss if you work for somebody, critics if you are an individual artist, but a person can’t really be helpful with his opinion but only with his own opinion. If you have a "piece of art" that you work on, it’s only you who will know if it’s good enough to take the decision of exhibiting it.
Architecture is an essential component of our lives that lasts from ancient times. Can it be called art? Most people wouldn’t agree with me. That might be because architecture has a logical or mathematical side. They forget to see the beauty of creating something new, a life environment that can combine all the facilities that a man needs for living.
I think that man’s communion with nature is a very important component of architecture. The truth is that nature is not taking part in our lives anymore. Its place is filled by technology day by day, year by year and the bad thing is that we are not seeing that it’s missing.
These are some of my thoughts about art and architecture. Any comments are welcome.
Here are some of my favourite quotes about architecture:
- "There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through” Dan Rice
- “Architecture is the art of how to waste space.” Philip Johnson
- “Architecture is music in space, as it were a frozen music” Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling
- “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” Laurie Anderson
Arts is one of the few things that is sincere, through arts we can express our wishes, those thoughts that we couldn’t express with words, so we choose to draw them, to write poems, songs and thus we can express ourselves easier. The poets and the writers are those people who never die and who can live eternally in our souls. We can travel through unlimited imaginary spaces, we can see the stars, the planets and the galaxies...I wonder if these are real or it’s only our imagination that has created them.
We, humans, we have this virtue, the opportunity of participating in a neverending journey. It’s not only our imagination, it’s a genuine transposition in a transcendental world. We glide from this reality which is full of hardships, poverty, hatred, a reality that we would like to get rid of.
Galactic horizons open up...We watch them and we understand them in their wholeness. We are daydreaming then, thrown into the depth of our imagination.I don’t think that this is only the magic of the human mind, it is much more than that, it is a power that goes beyond imagination.
Such moments are experienced daily by millions of people. We can all have the doors of our creativity wide open, only fear or mistrust could keep us from participating in this journey. There are also people who, in spite of the unreal journey can remain down-to-earth.
These are the poets, the artists, those who transmit messages to our living world. They are the people who even if they are torn apart from the real world, have the power to return, in special moments, in order to write, transmit and lead to new horizons. They are the creators of pieces of art, endowed with a double power, like immortals, who can embrace both worlds. But they belong to the living world. That’s why the poet, the artist, the creator of art is everlasting here. He transforms the world, like a magician, perpetually re-inventing it. All of their works are wonderful, but to us, humans, the main virtue is that of contemplating and understanding them, that of discovering and spreading their beauty.
Chained into the material world, some people are unable to perceive the absolute. Only they, the creators of art, are bridges between these two worlds. More realistic than those belonging to the earth, more open than those belonging to heavens, they enter new worlds, giving new senses.
Each and every minute leads us closer to immortality, to the world of art that surounds us, yet it is untouchable to us, because we try to understand it with our minds and not with our hearts and souls. Why aren’t we able to do that? Because our souls are full of hatred, greed and anger. We cannot understand the beauty, we can only see it.
This is the passing, the effect of time on ephemeral existence. If I were only material, my life would be empty. Wings will help me enter new dimensions, the weakness of the body will be transformed into a spiritual flight. The ascension will be slow and it will enforce my faith. The self- discovery, like a new birth, will be only a starting point.
That’s why I think that the weakness of the human body has its own purpose. All we need is a spiritual reward and thus we will attain a perfect equilibrium. I watch myself in my own evolution and I can understand the deep meaning of creation.
This is why I think that I can understand the Universe, the new material, now familiar to me. Its changes, its transformation will result invevitably into a newly created paradise...a paradise that can take shape from the sunlight, from the love of a child who has never experienced pain, from the love of two young hearts.
When did these feelings appear? Then when a boy recited to his sweetheart a poem, a quote that at its turn had been created by a person in love.
I can feel a heavy pain, not a usual one, but something that at the same time makes me feel like flying, I wish I could be...a star...to spread my light in the dark night...but this isn’t possible yet, I haven’t experienced that pain yet, that love, without which I couldn’t live...only the artist has this priviledge.
The common man has some limits, and he is the one who limits himself...this is why we don’t allow ourselves to live art, to feel it...we can only see it, we only perceive it without understanding it utterly. We should not be ashamed to show our feelings, if they are true and honest we will live in a world full of art, love, in a paradise of beauty.