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Choose one of our figurative paintings: abstract figurative painting, realistic figurative painting, contemporary figurative painting. You will find your happiness at Carré d'artistes.

Why buy a figurative painting ? Carré d'artistes presents a wide selection of figurative paintings
Figurative painting is an artistic style that consists in representing reality. It can be portraits, landscapes or still life.

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Buying Figurative paintings - What's The point ?

The contemporary art seems to live a craze for figurative paintings and hyperrealism. 
Several factors can explain this resurgence, the saturation of contemporary art by abstract painting, neo pop and conceptual art ... 
From now on, art lovers are interested in figurative art again, art is cyclical.
Figurative painting from Carré d'artistes: Café Dante, by Novokhatska Olga. Representing a young woman drinking coffee on the terrace


Figurative painting

In the West, the figurative style was expressed in all the arts of the Renaissance, the Baroque, the realism of the 19th century, the hyperrealism of the 20th century. The figurative artistic styles are all more or less idealistic, naturalistic, realistic, hyperrealistic. The artist tries to imitate nature or what he sees as faithfully as possible. But figurative painting is not limited to that. It can also be an expression of how the artist feels about nature. The Romantic movement is a perfect example with painters like Turner for example.


The figurative style can also put forward an effect of strangeness as in the current of symbolism

With the creation of tube painting, impressionism accentuates this research on perception with a deepened play on light and colors. Many painters worked to surpass the figurative by exploring the chromatic palette as Sisley, Monet, Pissaro ... In the 20th century, expressionism engages a strong artistic approach with violent tones, distortions of the visible world, a powerful style. The figurative style is multiple. It develops all the more as the discoveries of the microscope, cinema, photography, psychoanalysis upset the question of reality and representation. There is an immense field of possibilities in terms of figurative painting at the limit of abstraction. 

Figurative painting can also be the interpreted representation of an artist on the real world in the manner of cubists like Picasso, Braque, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Juan Gris, Marie Laurencin, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp and Raymond Duchamp-Villon. Figurative artists want to represent what they see with their own graphic solutions, their refusal or not of traditional creative processes, their way of analyzing the problems related to figuration, their artistic quest in general and their own style.



These paintings sometimes represent models as they are in reality. The artist tries to restore all the details. It is then naturalism. The painter wishes to give amplitude to what he sees by simplifying to the essential the reality, by purifying the signs until making them geometrical, by playing with the forms... He creates new forms or distorts the visible, stylizes the represented object to give it to see such as it is. Naturalism plays with the coherence of the deformations and the harmony of the compositions of reorganized forms.


Francis Bacon the last of the figurative artists?

The work of the painter Francis Bacon is told in large triptychs depicting his own life, his loved ones, his inspiration for figurative painters such as Diego Velázquez, Vincent van Gogh or Pablo Picasso. The artist knew how to renew the figurative painting by questioning his tortured portraits. His paintings represent nudes or faces as if they were folded into the very texture of the canvas. Francis Bacon's painting, inspired by great artists of the past, renewed the art of portraiture in the 20th century.


Chromo and figurative painting

If Pablo Picasso, a figure of art history, is the artist known internationally for having put forward the historical figurative art, Francis Bacon is the most famous artist of the 20th century as regards the continuity of this movement. Picasso and Warhol were able to widen the doors of figurative art. Figuration is often decried and neglected by art critics. If the transavantgarde of the 80's made art lovers believe that figurative art had disappeared, the contemporary figurative style was born again from its ashes thanks to chromo painting.


Figurative or abstract painting ? 


Figurative painting is often opposed to abstract art. It is from 1910 with the painter Vassily Kandinsky that the simple fact of trying to represent nature was no longer necessarily paramount. Abstract art is defined as not representing real objects. Art is then defined as non-objective or non-figurative. However, abstract art feeds on a fine and precise observation of the visible in order to deconstruct it. This is the case of many artists such as Paul Cézanne, Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso.



Figurative realist painting is an art form that allows artists to create figures representing reality, which can arouse emotions and inspire the imagination of viewers.


Contemporary and figurative artists

Today, contemporary painters are more and more interested in figurative art and hyperrealism. The split between abstraction and figuration no longer exists. Philippe Bluzot, for example, has produced many striking figurative paintings...

Some of Eric Zener's works represent oils evoking a woman diving into the water. Marek Okrassa, Jeffrey Palladini, Arnaud Liard, Francine Van Hove, Andrzej Borowski are other contemporary figurative artists who keep exploring the limits between abstract and real, figurative and visible.

At Carré d'artistes, discover figurative paintings by contemporary artists: Eva Petkova, Niankoye Lama, Franz Alias, Cécile Colombo, Geiry...


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