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Figuration has been expressed in many ways throughout the history of art. Numerous art movements have rejuvenated the expression of reality. Colourful, monochrome, hyper-realist, deformed and distorted... reality is depicted in a completely different and original way with each artist that has chosen figurative art paintings. KAZoART's selection celebrates this diversity! Browse our selection of contemporary figurative paintings and let yourself be captivated by the styles and mediums of our artworks!
There are so many renowned figurative painters that we will mention only a few of the greats: Leonardo de Vinci (The Mona Lisa, Virgin of the Rocks), Pablo Picasso (Guernica, Garçon à la Pipe), Edvard Munch (The Scream), Paul Cézanne (The Bathers), Vincent Van Gogh (The Bedroom), Claude Monet (Haystacks), Auguste Renoir (Luncheon of the Boating Party), Rembrandt (The Night Watch, Danaë), Caravaggio (Bacchus) and Eugène Delacroix (The Death of Sardanapalus).
Figurative painting is the most widespread style in the history of art. Historians agree that figurative painting is defined as depicting objects, landscapes and beings from reality. It can depict reality in a very photographic way (imitation) or in a more illustrative or even entirely subtle way.
Figurative painting develops in line with the tastes, codes and trends of an era. Movements such as Realism and Hyperrealism concentrated on the objectivity of the representation of subjects, whilst Cubism - without falling into abstraction - moved away from the pure and simple representation of reality to create a completely new pictorial language (eg. Juan Gris, The Book).
In terms of the techniques used to create a figurative painting, oil and acrylic are most common, but watercolour, graphite and sanguine are also found, and objects have even been used to create contemporary figurative art.