All about the different styles of art

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After visiting art galleries and museums over the years or picking out new pieces of art for your home, you know pretty quickly which pieces you like and which ones you can easily pass.

What you might not be as familiar with are the styles of art that you prefer and that appeal to you the most. Of course, as an art fan you are probably familiar with terms like art deco, impressionism, and realism, but you might not be sure what types of paintings or other works of art represent a particular style.

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Art Deco

Art Deco originated in the 1920s and is a term that applies to both works of art and architecture. In particular, this style is characterized by the use of geometric shapes, including trapezoids and triangles, as well as bright colors, clean lines and zigzag patterns.

Italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance art style presents a combination of classic art mixed with a more contemporary look. Examples include the use of perspective in the drawings as a way to organize the spatial depth of the painting and the emphasis on secular rather than religious subjects.


The classic “fruit bowl” painting that many beginning artists strive to capture is a prime example of realism. In essence, if the artist is able to make the main subject of a painting look like this person in real life, then you are probably admiring a piece of realism. These types of paintings also feature a realistic perspective and beautiful lighting. The famous painting “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo da Vinci is an excellent example of realism.


Abstract art is pretty much the opposite of realism. In fact, artists who practice this craft tend to shy away from realism and focus more on creation. subjective works open to interpretation. For example, Jackson Pollock’s paintings may appear messy and messy, but they are also captivating and allow people to form opinions about what they represent.


In a way, the minimalist style of art is like the first cousin of abstract art. The work is simple, has geometric lines and does not express any personal feelings of the artist. If you are looking for art prints that are minimalist, look for designs that feature clean lines, rounded shapes and other patterns that are visually appealing, without any additional “fluff”. Minimalist artists are adept at letting white space in a painting or artwork have a voice.


One of the best known artists who painted in the style of Impressionism was Claude Monet. These paintings include a lot of beautiful lights and large strokes of different colors of paint. Then again, you don’t have to squint and turn your head to the side to understand what is looking at you. With Impressionism, the objects in works of art look like what you would otherwise see in real life, but with a bit more daring.


Chances are you’ve seen Edvard Munch’s classic “Scream” painting – if not on a reprint, then on a t-shirt, mug, or calendar. This famous take on a horrified person includes unrealistic shades of color to help convey the mood of the room – which is a classic feature of Expressionism in which artists use colors that aren’t necessarily exact but rather match the mood of the scene.

Which one is your favorite? There is no wrong answer!

Now that you know a little more about the different styles of art, you may find that you own abstract pieces or that your tastes are more aligned with Art Deco or Impressionism. No matter which styles appeal to you – maybe you enjoy several – knowing a little more about each unique art style should make it easier to choose new works of art for your home.

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