Paintings

Painting is one of the oldest art forms, involving the use of a brush to apply paint or other types of medium to a surface, be it paper, wood, or canvas. For the best of us, the answer to what’s art is “painting,” an art form that has been around since time immemorial.

Paintings are found across practically every culture, and they are the core visual record of our experiences and the world around us. And, in saying so, paintings have a history of remarkable complexity.

Significant milestones in the world of paintings include illusionism, which was emphasized in traditional western art; the parity between abstract and figures in painting; the emergence of oil painting, and the important historical movements in the art sphere, such as abstract expressionism, cubism, impressionism, the baroque, and the renaissance.

Banksy - Forgive Us Our Trespassing, 2011, acrylic, spray paint and marker pens on wooden panel, in four parts, 655 x 421 cm (257⅞ x 165¾ in) feat

Banksy’s monumental stained glass window – Forgive us our trespassing

Banksy’s Stained-Glass painting was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California. The artwork shows a painted old stained glass window with the glass panes of the window covered with graffiti. At the front, we can see a young boy in street clothes kneeling and praying in front of a paintbrush …

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Fumiko Hori - Utopia, 2014, 4,5 x 5,5 meter, ceramic relief, installation view, International Lobby on 1st Floor of Terminal Building, Fukushima Airport, Japan feat

At age 95, Fumiko Hori created this mural for the Fukushima Airport

Fumiko Hori supervised the installation of the mural herself, quite an impressive feat for a woman aged 95 at the time. The giant relief wall was based on Hori’s original painting at the CREARE Atami-Yugawara Studio. The relief carving at the airport helps to create an illusion of depth on an otherwise shallow surface. …

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The Miguel Lerdo de Tejada Library & Vladimir Rusakov’s impressive mural

The Miguel Lerdo de Tejada Library is an impressive feat of architecture, but even more impressive is its large-scale mural, covering 2000 square meters. The library, one of Mexico’s most important resources for financial records and heritage book collections, houses psychedelic frescoes that tell the story of revolutionary scenes throughout history. Mexicans …

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The 10 best artworks you missed at Art Basel Unlimited 2021

The return of in-person exhibitions at Art Basel has echoed a huge sigh of relief across the art community. Its 2021 edition was originally slated for June but had to be put off until September to give countries across the globe more time to carry out their vaccination campaigns and lift travel restrictions. With …

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Basquiat’s brilliantly-chaotic Charles the First painting

Who was Jean-Michel Basquiat? Jean-Michel Basquiat was one artist who managed to mix politics, poetry, graffiti, and artistry in his masterpieces. They are as memorable as any work by an artist whose work was extra admirable. In Charles the First, Basquiat managed to create a beautiful piece that’s more than intriguing too. That work stands …

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Roy Lichtenstein - Blam, 1962, 172.7 x 203.2 cm (68 x 80 in), installation view, Yale University Art Gallery feat

Blam! This is Roy Lichtenstein’s pop art painting

Oil paintings are famous the world over for several reasons. For example, its flexibility is one of its biggest attractions. The depth of color that one gets from such paintings also remains quite stunning. Furthermore, the paintings also take too long to dry. Consequently, this offers painters more time to work on them to perfection. In this regard, Blam by Roy Lichtenstein is an outstanding piece of work. As you will see, there are several reasons for loving it.

Jean Dubuffet’s Villa Falbala – His largest sculpture

Who was Jean Dubuffet? Sculptor and painter Jean Dubuffet had his art styles that shunned classic aesthetics for what he perceived as original and idealistic. Despite his radical approach to art, the renowned sculptor left many artworks that mark his career as incredible. Closerie Falbala At the top of his artworks was the Closerie Falbala, …

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The 10 best works of Shanghai’s West Bund Art Fair 2019

West Bund Art & Design West Bund Art & Design fair shows modern and contemporary art in Shanghai. Well-known local artist Zhou Tiehai, previously director of the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, established it in 2014. Now, West Bund is one of the major Asian fairs, hosting more than 100 galleries from Asia, Europe, and …

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