Painting » Painting Styles
The art and painting styles can refer either to the
aesthetic values followed in choosing what to paint (and how) or
to the physical techniques employed. An aesthetic movement such
as Realism, Romanticism, Impressionism can promote an entire world
view, a way of interpreting reality and deciding which parts of
it are worth observing and(or) emphasizing, as well as to what extent
the artists emotions are expressed. Some of these movements are
closely associated with certain techniques, such as Pointillism,
while others are more flexible, but each has a characteristic "look"
that becomes more and more distinctive as it develops until it reaches
a saturation point, paving the way for the next style.
By changing the way they paint, apply colour, texture, perspective,
or the way they see shapes and ideas, the artist establishes a certain
set of "rules". If other artists see the rules as valid
for themselves they might also apply these characteristics. The
works of art then take on that specific "style". An artist
may give the style a name such as "Expressionism", or
a name may be applied later, as in the case of "abstract art".