Encyclopedia of Styles
Strictly speaking, Biedermeier is not the name of an art style, but the designation of the three decades at the beginning of the 19th century between the Napoleonic Wars and the European Revolutions. Nevertheless, works of art (especially the applied one) that appeared during this period also had their influence in the second half of the 20th century. The name of the style comes from the name of…
The term «neorealism» in the history of contemporary art arose to unite several art movements that appeared and developed throughout the 20th century, and there is something to be said about each of them. For the first time, they spoke of neorealism in 1914 in Great Britain. The next trend to receive this name, was Italian neorealism (1946-1955), which influenced cinema and fine art. Finally, a…
Encyclopedia of Painting
Still life painting
Still life is a picturesque genre that focuses on depicting the objective world. The French name of the still life is “nature morte”, the Italian one, “natura morta”, both meaning “dead nature”. Still life depicts inanimate objects, which are compositionally located in realistic surrounding.
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Dou's tiny broomstick
One of the most revered Dutch painters of the seventeenth century Gerrit Dou is renowned for his small and yet incredibly meticulous and skilful works. His paintings are distinguished by a smooth, as if enamelled, surface, which was typical of the 'fijnschilders' ('fine painters') school. The amount of time the artist spent on the most minute details in his paintings can be illustrated be this legend: when Dou was complimented on his extreme patience in painting a broomstick which was hardly larger than a fingernail, the artist responded that he would require at least three more days to complete it.