BYR color wheel

It is impossible to think about our life without the colours. And the most striking example of display of the colours is the rainbow; when we look at it, it would seem that the colours of whole of the earth are sprayed on it. Here are some articles in which I have tried to introduce some of the players of these colour field, the artists and their styles.

No claim is made that these articles would make you an artist overnight. Neither it would be an easy journey on the land of art. But here you would find systematic guidance and narration of the paintings done by some of the master painters of the bygone era and modern time. The colourful plate offered here is full of illustrative drawings, wonderfully done watercolour paintings, and the unforgettable oil colours. The medium like acrylic is also narrated.

What is Painting

Painting, in simple words, is an act of applying paints on any surface. It would mean airbrushing, coating, enameling, splashing of colours or even varnishing. In fact the painting includes all of these; but it is much more than the sum of these acts. There are ways and means to describe the technical aspects and scientific effect of various colours in our mind. But the main reason we love colours and paintings are that these colours lives in our sensibilities. We love them spread in any form.

I, the writer of these articles, Naval Langa, am happy to share some of the essentials of art. Though using this limited space for such a purpose is like crossing the Atlantic in a small boat. But While going through these articles, you would feel as gazing out of window of an airplane, surveying general topography. So shall we start? First of all let us look at the paintings by what types of colours the artists use. Now a day the artists have wide choices, to use Pencil, Charcoal, Patel Colours, Water Colours, Oil Colours, and Acrylic Colours. But the most of the artworks can be classified in three major categories.

We will look into the detailed study with beautiful images. Were we to classify the paintings by the subjects, it would be like this:

Paintings by Periods

Human race have tried to communicate ideas and express passions through painting since the ancient time. Were we to classify the paintings done by the master artists by their periods, we can do it roughly. It is because the various theories of paintings have evolved and practiced by these artists, who have lived overlapping their periods or life, too. Let us put these great artists into segments like these:

The paintings done between fourteenth and period before nineteenth century can be classified roughly into these categories.

Classism Painting (1520 - 1600)
Romanticism Painting ( 1790 - 1880)

During nineteenth century, the world had seen many technological and social changes. The world of art has always followed such changes. During this segment of time, the artists worked under these theories of painting.

Impressionism (1863 - 1890)
Hudson River School (1850 - 1880)

Other style of paintings which were started and practice mainly during this period includes the Realism Realism painting, Genre Painting, and Pointillism Style of Painting.

Modern Art

The word modern art refers to the paintings done mostly during twentieth century. There are several art movements which were practiced during nineteenth century and have found their way into the modern period, too. Here are some of the art movements or the styles of paintings done during this slot of time.

There are other styles of paintings which were either practiced by a group of artists or in a particular country. These styles of paintings include the styles of paintings, some of which were practiced over a large period of time and some have lived for a specific period only.

Other Styles of Painting

The Subjects : The subjects covered here are broadly comprise of still life, landscape, figurative paintings, miniatures, portrait painting, and basic art like pencil drawing. The most recurring theme would be to explore that how the artists see the objects lying before their eyes and how they conceive these objects in their minds. This part consists of the main lessons in the art of painting. The emotional and artistic process, the mental traffic through which an artists passes, and how the artists reflect to these phenomenon: these would be some surprise brush strokes you would see in the following articles. (Image courtesy By Sakurambo at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated-with-disclaimers or GFDL-en], from Wikimedia Commons)


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