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What Is Art Movement

Different art styles developed in the span of a century. Many artists share the same philosophy and style which resulted in the creation of various Art Movements. The Art Movement is a style in art shared by artists with a common philosophy or goal.

Let us learn about the basic art movements so that we can appreciate and understand the intention of each painting we see.

Realism

You will notice that paintings of this style closely resembles the subject matter. The colors used are very realistic, and the lines and shapes are similar in real life. Portraits and classic landscape paintings are commonly done using this style.

Famous artists from this movement are Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Peter Paul Rubens, Edouard Manet, and Diego Velazquez.

Impressionism

As the name implies, paintings of this style are the personal impression of the artist on the subject matter. The focus of this style is not the details but the effect of light on the subject.

This painting style has a lot of texture. The paint used is usually thick and commonly applied in layers with quick and short brush strokes. In effect, the colors are applied on top of each other instead of being mixed before application.

Famous artists who used this movement are Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Expressionism

Painting of this style is full of emotions from the artist. This painting style uses Bold colors, sharp lines, and shapes. The figure and form of the subject in a painting like this is recognizable, but it may not appear as it is in real life.

The use of bold colors and lines showcases the emotion that the artist wants to express. This open expression from the artist also evokes the emotion of the person viewing the painting.

Famous artist in this art movement are Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, El Greco

Surrealism

One notable feature in surrealist art is its dreamlike nature. You can recognize the form of the subject, but it is presented in distorted image and unusual arrangements.

Famous artist who used this style are Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Max Ernst, M. C. Escher, and Paul Delvaux

Abstraction

The painting of this style is consist of elements of reality but expressed in an abstract sense. The method focuses on the essence of the subject matter and not how it appears in … Read the rest

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Understanding The Elements of Art

Art is a beauty to behold. But a closer look will let you realize that several components make up the art that you are appreciating. These different elements reveal the quality that the art possess, such as movement, depth, structure, contrast and various emotions that the artwork evokes.

It is important to understand the visual elements of art so that we can give an in-depth appreciation of the great work exerted to create an artwork. The building blocks of art are made up of lines, shapes, tones, colors, patterns, textures and form. We explain these elements in details below.

Line

A line is the starting point of any drawing. Lines are used to show the form, pattern, shape, distance, and movement in art.

The line could also show various expressive qualities. Freehand lines express the energy of the artist. Mechanical lines show control. Continuous lines lead the eye to a particular direction. Thick lines convey strength while thin lines depict softness.

Shape

Shapes can affect feelings and create an impression to the viewer. For instance, round shapes could represent continuous movements. Triangles often make you look upward while inverted triangles could give you a feeling of imbalance.

Tone

The tone is defined as the lightness or darkness of a color. It can be used to create an illusion of form. The tone also gives a sense of distance and depth. It is also useful to create patterns within the composition.

Color

The first thing that we notice in an artwork are the colors. The colors set the mood of the artwork being observed. Color are used to highlight the tone, pattern, form, movement, contrast and light.

Pattern

The pattern is created by repeating the elements in the artwork to provide a sense of balance, contrast or movement. There are two basic patterns used in the art.

  • Natural pattern – These type of pattern is inspired by nature. We are often inspired by the patterns in animals and symmetry in nature.
  • Man-made pattern – The type of pattern is created by the artist by using lines and shapes.

Both basic patterns can be regular or irregular, structural or decorative, and random or repeating.

Texture

The Texture is the surface quality of the artwork. This is the roughness or smoothness of the material used in making the artwork.

The texture is experienced optically and physically. In visual texture, the artist uses a … Read the rest

Keeping Pests from Destroying the Art

During a trip to San Jose, I was fortunate to meet the owner of a small gallery. While showing me around, I was able to find a few interesting pieces; unfortunately, she was reluctant on parting with said pieces. I then saw an unusual painting being restored, it was from an artist I have never heard of, but what intrigued me were the unusual patterns and holes it had. The gallery owner told me of a terrible incident a few weeks prior; she discovered that the place she had stored the piece in front of us was infested with termites. All but one painting, the aforementioned piece, survived the terrible attack of the pests.

The lost paintings had little to no intrinsic value, but I saw that for the owner it held great sentimental value. She had told me the story of the piece and its lost sisters, but we won’t be talking about that. I felt for the gallery owner, and I wish not for me or any other art lover to ever experience such a terrible ordeal. It was then that I decided to share a few things that could save your art collection from such an end. Here are a few measures you can take to avoid such an incident from happening to you.

New Gallery or Storage Space

When moving to a new location or getting a new storage are for your artwork, it is important to hire an exterminator. If you live in San Jose, the gallery owner recommends the company Pest Control San Jose, telling me that they were the best in her regards. This is to make sure that any pests living in the area would be dealt with before your art ever arrives.

It would also be best for you to keep the services of the pest control company, setting a schedule for quarterly or semi-annual preventive measure. Of course, you will need to make sure that they would use chemicals that would not harm your collection, as that would defeat the purpose of you hiring them in the first place.

New Additions to Your Collection

Regardless of where or who you purchased your new piece from, it would be in your best interest to hire professionals to thoroughly check them for any signs of pests residing in them. I had heard of collectors devastated by being unfortunate enough to walk … Read the rest

Protecting Your Art Against Pests

Artworks are precious like jewelry. It took great effort and talent just to create one piece of art. They also do not come cheap, especially if it was done by the masters.

Even artwork from new artists can be considered as priced possession. You took great lengths to display your art piece. You spared no expense at ensuring that the lighting and the condition in your place are well-balanced to preserve the artwork. Now, another question comes to mind. Do you need pest control for your art? We sought the help of Pest Control Charlotte NC – to give us an insight about pest control for art works. They revealed that there are factors to consider to identify the need for pest control. We enumerated them below.

Pests In The Area

You need to ask yourself the following, “What are the pests doing in my area and do they affect my artworks?” When we say art works, it does not only refer to paintings. We also include other forms of art such as basketry, textiles, and sculptures. Pests do not usually infest the artworks, but their storage places could be susceptible. So, you need to check for signs of pests and take action accordingly.

Materials Used In Your Art Work

The materials used in your artworks are usually the basis of identifying the pests that can damage it. The information on materials used to make the artwork and the storage practices will help in deciding what the proper pest control strategy to use.

Type of Pest Control To Be Used

Pest control must be custom-fitted to your requirements to be effective. What works for others, may not work for you especially if the pests, conditions, and artworks differ. You need to consult with a pest control expert to assess and recommend the right pest solution for you. Here are some important changes that must be done to control pests:

  • Environment Change – This involves changing the physical structure of the place where you store your artworks. There could be a need to repair cracks and vents around your premises. It is basically making hard for pests to enter your space.
  • Habits Change – This includes slight shifts in the way you work and eat around the area where you store your artwork. Simple changes like cleaning up thoroughly after eating will keep crawlers, such as cockroaches and ants, away.

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Work Of Art: Carpets

It can be said that carpets are work of arts. For centuries, women in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Anatolia has passed on the tradition and art to their children. The intricate designs and materials used in carpets make it an elaborate art.

In the olden times, carpets were used as a status symbol. Wealthy people commissioned the creation of elaborate carpets to decorate their palaces. The carpets also served as precious gifts to esteemed guests. The court carpets are so far ahead in quality and artistry compared to the ones we see in carpet stores in Utah.

They do not have vacuum cleaners before, but the hand-made carpets then seem very durable because it stood the test of time and are now displayed in museums. The regular carpets that we have now, on the other hand, need professional treatment to ensure that it will last a long time. Carpet Cleaning Utah has kept our office and home carpets clean and fresh for many years and we think that they are doing a great job since we do not see any need to replace our carpet anytime soon.

Unlike the regular carpets that we see now, the most admired and treasured carpets were made by the Ottoman, the Safavid, and the Mughal. These type of rugs are considered treasure because of its one of a kind design and craftsmanship. These are the carpets that you see in museums. Let us know more about these interesting carpets.

Ottoman Carpets

The Ottoman Empire in Anatolia has a long tradition of carpet weaving. In the 16th century, the carpet weavers used exclusive designs from the artists of the Ottoman Empire. The same patterns were employed in paintings, textiles, ceramics, and books binding. The famous design was called “Saz Style.” The Saz consist of long flowing leaves and flowers. This style is sometimes combined with the “Floral Style” which consist of a real-life depiction of flowers such as tulips, roses, and hyacinths.

Another distinct feature of the Ottoman carpet is the S-spun wool that is not found in other Turkish carpets. This feature could be attributed to the Ottoman take-over of Egypt in 1571. This event led Ottomans to contract Egyptian carpet weavers for the Ottoman Empire.

Safavid Carpets

The Safavids that ruled the Greater Iran in the 16th to the 18th century were big supporters of the arts. It can be … Read the rest

Insects In Art

Insects have been used as an art subject in many cultures. The shape and colors of insects are an instant inspiration to artists even in the olden times. The insects are also sacred symbols to some cultures. Aside from paintings, insect designs were used in jewelry, textiles, tattoos, and sculptures. We list some of the favorite insect subjects in an artwork.

Beetles – Beetlewing is a traditional craft wherein the beetle wings are used as an adornment to paintings and jewelry. The iridescent factor of the wing makes it a unique feature in the art pieces.

Butterflies – Butterflies are inspiring because of their color and intricate patterns.

Dragonflies – This insect represents swiftness for Native American tribes. Dragonfly design is also used in Art Nouveau jewelry.

Bees – This is a recurring theme in ancient cultures in Europe. It was seen in gems and stone illustrating a bee “goddess,” or a sacred image of a human with insect features like the bee.

However, there are also harmful insects that can pose a danger to our artworks. Pest control Denver services give us some tips and ideas on how to take care of our paintings at home.

The first thing is to watch out for the tell-tale signs of damage that these pests can leave on your artworks.

  • Boreholes on wood frames
  • Small holes or thinning areas of textiles
  • Holes and stains on paintings
  • Holes and ragged edges on paper
  • Cast skins of the pest
  • Fecal pellets or spots
  • Webbing
  • Grazed surfaces
  • Presence of the actual pest

Aside from this, you should also learn about the conditions that are conducive to the pests so that you can be aware where these pests are likely to thrive. Pests love dark and humid places. As such, you should keep your artworks away from these areas. If it cannot be avoided, you need to correct it by installing a light and ventilation. If pests are already settling in, you may contact Pest control Denver to assess and treat the pest before they do further damage and spread inside your house.

You need to do this practice regularly to ensure that your artwork is always in good condition. Inspect the room and the artworks individually. If you spot any damage, wrap them in plastic to avoid contaminating other artworks and to prevent the pests to spread. Then, bring the damaged art to a professionalRead the rest