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Exploring Art Genres
Exploring Art Genres

Art comes in many forms, showing the limitless ways that artists express themselves. There is a wide range of genres and mediums, but there are a few main genres that are popular and highly appreciated — each with their own style.

Genres like pop art, impressionism, abstract art, and modern art have specific elements and themes that differentiate them and that continue to attract artists and collectors. While art allows for endless possibilities, these popular genres provide a practical way to understand and appreciate the different ways artists convey their ideas and emotions through creativity.

Pop Art

Pop art emerged in the mid-20th century, as a movement that celebrated popular culture and found ways to challenge traditional ideas about art. Pop art uses vibrant colors, bold contrasts, and often features images from the media, celebrities, and everyday household objects.

Artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg were popular artists in this movement who successfully blurred the lines between fine art and everyday life. Pop art focuses on ordinary things, providing commentary on consumerism, celebrity culture, and the influence of the media on modern-day society. Its playful and bold approach has had a lasting impact on the art world, making pop art a significant and enduring influence in contemporary art.

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Time over money by Esteban Vera

Mick Jagger by Kelley Ryan


Impressionism is an art movement that began in the late 19th century that broke away from traditional artistic norms. Impressionism focuses on capturing the subtleties of light and atmosphere in a scene, rather than aiming for detailed realism. Impressionist art often features loose brushstrokes and a lively color palette.

Artists like Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir were major artists in this movement who aimed to capture the essence of a scene in the moment. Impressionism was initially met with resistance, but eventually became highly influential and laid the groundwork for modern art. By prioritizing sensory experience over literal representation, impressionism brought a new perspective to art, encouraging viewers to appreciate the beauty in everyday moments.

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roses by Evgeny Chernyakovsky

The Streets of Paris by Ruslana Levandovska

Abstract Art

Abstract art first became popular in the early 20th century. Abstract art breaks away from traditional art by focusing on the shapes, colors, and forms of objects, instead of their literal form. Instead of representing objects or scenes, abstract art conveys emotions, concepts, or ideas through unique compositions.

Artists like Wassily Kandinsky and Kazimir Malevich experimented with geometric shapes, bold brushstrokes, and various colors to create a purely subjective visual expression. Abstract art challenges viewers to interpret the artwork personally, without the constraints of depicting specific objects. Over time, abstract art has evolved into various styles, ranging from bold and expressive to minimalist and geometric, making it an extremely diverse genre.

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Drifting by Newel Hunter

A burst of color II by Andrada Anghel

Modern Art

Modern art spans across the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. Modern art’s main defining characteristic is that it breaks away from traditional artistic rules. It includes various styles like cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism.

Modern artists aimed to explore new forms of expression and move beyond realism. Influential artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Jackson Pollock played key roles in shaping modern art. The modern art movement embraces innovation and reflects the changing of society. Modern art continues to influence contemporary art and encourages viewers to see art in new ways.

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Space Age Flavors by Craig Moran

Reach Out For The Sun by Yuko Montgomery

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No matter your personal taste, there’s an art genre to suit your style. Whether you prefer pop art, impressionism, or abstract and modern art, there’s something for everyone on Zatista. Our online art gallery is home to thousands of beautiful works of art from every genre, medium and style. Browse our online gallery to start building your art collection.

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