Abstract or Realistic?
We all have different styles. Some of us are minimalistic, and some eclectic. Some are drawn to vibrant cities and urban energy, while others love the quiet countryside and stillness of nature.
It’s what we’re drawn to. It’s what makes us individuals. It’s quite empowering if we think about it, actually.
When it comes to style and taste, there is no right or wrong answer.
Just as in art.
There is an infinite number of styles, approaches, and methods you can take in the art world. But today, we’re just going to brush on two major overarching styles: abstract and realistic.
Which style are you? Let’s find out:
Abstract painting takes a conceptual and symbolic approach. The word abstract itself means, “to separate or withdraw something from something else.”
It often takes something from reality –– a situation, topic, object, or even feeling –– and separates it from reality. It takes away the context and strictly tells the story through abstract colors, lines, and shapes.
However, for some artists, abstract art is simply “art for art’s sake.” Its sole purpose is to create visually appealing pieces through lines, colors, and other artistic strategies.
Forming in the early 1900s as a type of modern art, abstract art is also one of the most subjective styles. Each person who looks at one piece can take an entirely different experience or impression from it. Abstract paintings also have a recent reputation of high taste and monetary value.
You might like abstract art if:
You enjoy bright colors and funky shapes
You prefer more creative, imaginative pieces
You have a deep appreciation for art and artists
You enjoy drawing meaning and analogies from abstract images
You want an investment
Realistic art, or realism, aims to accurately recreate an authentic moment, person, or subject in time. Its goal is to reflect the reality we witness each day and takes a photographic-style approach with its immense detail and life-like touch.
Many are often impressed by the amount of time and skill art like portrait paintings take. This can give it immense value and impresses viewers who couldn’t tell if it was a picture or a painting at first glance.
Realism became popular in 19th-century France. It became popular to not only use a realistic style, but to portray realistic subjects. Often, artists depicted portrait paintings of lower to middle-class subjects and stills of everyday life. It’s a highly relatable style of art that speaks to us because we can see ourselves reflected in it.
You might like realistic art if:
You are impressed by an artist’s skill to capture lifelike details
You have a certain subject or scene you want to be portrayed in your home
You appreciate more traditional, classic styles
You enjoy seeing yourself in and relating to your art
Art is subjective. There are no right or wrong answers. The same piece can leave one awestruck and another confused. It’s all about finding the art that speaks to us.
That’s the beauty of it.
We are each attracted to certain art styles for a reason. Art speaks to us on a subtle level and we each perceive it by personally translating that language.
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