My Favorite Styles of Art

I Love Almost All Art

First off, I want to say that I really do love almost all art.  There are exceptions, of course.  I’m not a huge fan of Marcel Duchamp, for example, but most visual art styles I do like.  I may not like every piece in that style, as sometimes subject matter can be off putting, but I see something in almost every style that is admirable.

Of course, I do have my favorites though.

Post Impressionism In the Lead

While it is difficult to nail down a specific style that is my favorite, I’d have to say that post impressionism is definitely in the lead.  I like impressionism too, but most impressionists had very soft, natural looking colors in the art, and tended to paint very nice, quaint, pretty subjects, such as children playing in a grassy field, or women holding flowers. While they used brighter colors than those before them, they used very normal looking colors, impressionism still clung to many constraints of realism, just with a softer look.  Nothing wrong with that, and it is very nice looking, but it doesn’t quite grab me the way the brighter and often arbitrary colors and bold brush strokes of the post impressionists did.

Of course, one of the most famous post impressionists was Van Gogh, and as anyone who reads this blog often knows, Van Gogh is my favorite painter of all time.

If I made a list of my favorite styles in order of most favorite to least, I think it would go like this.

1. Post impressionism, an art movement that took place after the last impressionist exhibit and until the birth of Fauvism.  Roughly from around 1886 to around 1905.  Expressionism overlapped Post impressionism, and many works such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night, are considered both Post impressionistic and expressionists.

Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Vincent Van Gogh was one of the leaders of the post impressionist movement. Other leaders of this movement were Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, and Paul Gauguin.

2. Fauvism.  Fauvism is what followed post impressionism, and some see it as a specific kind of post impressionism.  Brighter colors, painterly brush strokes, even more deviation from realism and into abstraction.  Expressionism also overlapped into this movement, and many works of the fauvists are also considered to be expressionist.

André Derain, is one of favorite Fauvists, this is his painting "Charing Cross Bridge"
André Derain, is one of my favorite Fauvists, this is his painting “Charing Cross Bridge”.

After the Fauvists, I guess my favorites would go back in time a bit to the impressionists, then leap forward again to the surrealists, abstract expressionists and cubists.  But I won’t get into all of that, I’ve listed here my top two favorite styles, and with that I’ll sign off.  I’m sure if you browse through my work, you’ll see the influence of these art styles in my use of bright colors, my willingness to sometimes depart from realism, my imaginative fantasy based work, and my use of art to express feeling.

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3 Responses to My Favorite Styles of Art

  1. Starry Night is definitely one that catches the eye for many; I painted one version of that as we taught the kids in my son’s class about this art form as volunteer art docents (parents volunteer to run the art docent program) and we loved what the kids came up with. Will enjoy visiting your blog to learn more and to browse your work

  2. I did not realize that the fauvist style was separate from the post impressionist. I don’t know the names for most of the art styles, but if expressionism is the one that expresses emotions, then that’s my favorite!

    • Many “styles” or schools of art overlap each other, so some consider the Fauvist movement a specific aspect of the post impressionist movement, however, there were also post-impressionist who were definitely not Fauvists, so there is some difference between them.