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We explain the meaning of styles like 'realism' and 'naturalism' in painting.
In addition, we profile important 20th-century groups like Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter, and examine the contribution of styles like Japonism and Biomorphic Abstraction, as well as modern movements like Art Informel, Colour-Field Painting, Op Art and Fluxus, and the latest contemporary art forms like Angel and Fantasy art.
At the same time, Italian Renaissance art receives in-depth coverage, as does 17th century Baroque art, and 18th century Neoclassical art.
In addition, we also look at the history of crafts, like jewellery and fine furniture.
For views and vistas, see: Best Landscape Artists.
We profile ALL major 20th century painters, including Fauvists like Matisse and Andre Derain; Expressionists like Modersohn-Becker, Kandinsky, Emil Nolde, August Macke and Klee; Chagall and Modigliani of the Paris School; Cubists like Picasso and Braque; Dadaists like Marcel Duchamp; Surrealists like Dali and Magritte, and abstract painters like Mondrian, Malevich and Moholy-Nagy.
In addition, we feature Venus figurines (Venus of Hohle Fels, Venus of Willendorf), an extensive series of articles on cave art - including cave paintings at Chauvet, Lascaux and Altamira, ivory carvings like the Lion Man of Hohlenstein Stadel, We explore a range of Ancient art from a variety of civilizations.Beginning with Mesopotamian art (c.4500 BCE onwards), it includes the sculpture and frescos of Classical Antiquity, notably those of Greek art and Roman art.For the history of Asian art and culture, see Chinese Art Timeline (c.18,000 BCE - present). World's Greatest Painters Best Modern Painters Art History Painting Sculpture Architecture Photography Irish Arts World Art Museums Art Appreciation A-Z of ART MOVEMENTS TIMELINE OF ART PREHISTORIC ART RENAISSANCE ARTISTS (ALL) SCULPTURE PAINTING FAMOUS PAINTINGS ANALYZED ARCHITECTURE PHOTOGRAPHY MOST POPULAR ARTICLESHow is art defined and classified? For Christian diptychs, triptychs and polyptych altarpieces, Eastern Orthodox icons, and illuminated gospel manuscripts, see: Christian art.What's the difference between fine, decorative and applied arts? What's the difference between representational and abstract art? For all artworks derived from the Old or New Testament of the Bible, see: Biblical art.For more information about print techniques such as woodcuts, relief or intaglio processes, aquatint, mezzotint, etching, dry-point, engraving or lithography, stencils, serigraphy and silkscreen, see Printmaking.Other forms of art covered include various types of painting and drawing, as well as animation, architecture, assemblage, calligraphy, caricature, ceramics, collage, conceptualism, digital computer art, graffiti, graphic art, illustration, installations, performance, metalwork, mosaics, photography, pottery, sculpture, sketching, stained glass, tapestry, textile design, video, numerous types of artistic design, and more.We profile ALL the great Impressionist painters and ALL Post-Impressionist painters like Georges Seurat, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and Munch.We profile Jules Cheret, inventor of 3-stone chromolithography, as well as ALL the great Russian artists up to 1917, including the goldsmith Peter Carl Faberge, creator of the exquisite Faberge Easter Eggs. For narrative, historical or mythological works, see: Best History Painters.Our guide to Modern Art lists all the trends and schools of the modern period.Important styles explored include: Impressionism (1874-84), Post-Impressionism (1880-1900), Fauvism (1905-7), Expressionism (1905-14), Cubism (1908-14), Surrealism (1923-present) and Pop art (1960s).