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Fantasy Paintings

Come closer...Don’t be scared of confronting the extraordinary and unique! Enter the dreamlike and enigmatic world of KAZoART’s fantasy artwork, which will undoubtedly lead you into an extraordinary, even phantasmagorical universe.

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Le village isolé
Le village isolé
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Acrylic painting (50 x 20 cm)
Joker
Joker
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Oil painting (40 x 80 cm)
Les funérailles du renard
Les funérailles du renard
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Oil painting (130 x 97 cm)
Le calme après la tempête
Le calme après la tempête
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Oil painting (92 x 60 cm)
Paroles et musiques
Paroles et musiques
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Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Expression
Expression
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Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)
Faust et fleur
Faust et fleur
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Acrylic painting (40 x 60 cm)
Le vide
Le vide
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Oil painting (40 x 50 cm)
"dutch design"
"dutch design"
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Acrylic painting (160 x 100 cm)
Sphere
Sphere
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Acrylic painting (100 x 100 cm)
Titan k7
Titan k7
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Acrylic painting (100 x 50 cm)
Mandrill
Mandrill
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Oil painting (50 x 150 cm)
Tape titan
Tape titan
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Acrylic painting (30 x 50 cm)
Sables - 2008-286
Sables - 2008-286
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Oil painting (89 x 116 cm)
Hiver
Hiver
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Acrylic painting (38 x 46 cm)
Promenade en rouge
Promenade en rouge
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Acrylic painting (38 x 46 cm)
Comme dans un rêve
Comme dans un rêve
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Watercolour (28 x 38 cm)
Precious moment
Precious moment
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Mixed media (13 x 13 cm)

Famous Fantasy Paintings 

Artists are fascinated by the hybridizations, metamorphoses and chimeric beings that characterize mythology. This is why we find the same themes and subjects in fantasy artwork, which vary in originality, depending on the era and artist. For example, the Twelve Labors of Hercules is a recurring theme throughout art history: Lucas Cranach (Hercules and Omphale), Rubens (Hercules and Cerberus), and Eugene Delacroix (Hercules and the Erymanthian Boar).

English literature inspired English, German, French and Spanish romantic artists who, unlike neoclassical artists, enjoyed emphasizing color rather than lines and strove to express deep feelings instead of the cold nobility of the historical subject represented, a few famous fantasy paintings illustrating this include Johann Heinrich Füssli's The Nightmare, The Abbey in the Oakwood by Caspar David Friedrich and Saturn devouring his son by Francisco Goya.

The combination of reality and the extraordinary began to appear in the fantasy paintings of Gustave Moreau, who drew on the literary and religious imagination. The absurd and the fantastic are expressed with unprecedented originality in the fantasy artworks of surrealist artists (ex: Salvador Dali, Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening).

The History of Fantasy Paintings and Fantasy Artwork

Fantasy artwork is not a movement in itself, but represents an artistic trend inspired by onirism and literary romanticism. Religious narratives, such as the Bible, texts based on mythology (Metamorphoses by Ovid), and collections of poems (Ossian’s works collected by James Macpherson), were the main source of inspiration for artists behind fantasy paintings. 

Even if fantasy artwork is more prominent among romantic (Turner, Friedrich, Delacroix), symbolist (Odilon Redon, Gustave Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes, etc.) and surrealist (Salvador Dali, René Magritte, etc.) artists, it can be dated back to the Middle Ages with Hans Baldung Grien (The Witches) and to the Renaissance with Jerome Bosch (Garden of Earthly Delights). These artists tackle themes such as death, fear, strangeness and absurdity in their fantasy paintings.

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