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Fine Art Paintings


Fine arts actually refers to art which appeals to taste, and which is concerned with the depiction of beauty. The term first came into being in 1767, from the French word ‘beaux arts' . Paintings, sculpture, architecture and printing all come under the umbrella of fine arts.

Fine art painting is a distinctive field of study which stands in opposition to applied arts. Fine arts emerged as a unique field of study as a result of the conflict between the followers of Arts and Crafts Movement and the early Modernists. The followers of arts and crafts movement strived to include within the periphery of arts usual crafts of the masses. They were actually greatly prejudiced by the Socialist principles. The Modernist on the other hand, attempted to keep their approach towards Fine Arts elitist and esoteric.

Types of fine arts

These are the following types of fine art:
  • Architecture
  • Film
  • Fine art photography
  • Furniture
  • Literature
  • Music and opera
  • Paintings
  • Print making
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Dance
  • Ceramic

Creativity manifests itself through these myriad forms of expression. Paintings, perhaps, are the most vibrant mode of expression amongst the different types of fine arts. In painting [a category of fine arts], the artist has the liberty to play with colors and create magic on canvas with beautiful strokes of the brush.

Different styles of painting

Painting style usually refers to the movement or school that an artist is associated with. The following are the most popular styles of painting

The World’s most expensive paintings

The world’s most famous paintings are possessed by museums, and are considered priceless. According to the Guinness Book of World Records the painting of Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci has got the highest Insurance value. The following is a list of the world’s most famous paintings-

  • Massacre of Innocents by Peter Paul Rubens
  • Les Noces de Pierrette by Pablo Picasso
  • Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent Van Gogh
  • Vase with fifteen flowers by Van Gogh
  • Le Reve by Van Gogh
  • Sitting Woman in a Garden by Picasso.

Painting is one of the three Romantic fine arts .In the words of Leonardo da Vinci painting is an intellectual thing. Italian, Roman, European and Indian paintings all have their own essence, individuality and history, each reflecting the particular social conditions of the country it belongs. But a common thread binds them all – each one is essentially linked with the concept of beauty and each one is a perennial source of joy for people across the world.

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