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Reference Library: Figurative art

Figurative art

'Figurative art' describes artwork - particularly paintings - which are clearly derived from real object sources, and are therefore by definition representational. The term "figurative art" is often taken to mean art which represents the human figure, or even an animal figure, and, though this is often the case, it is not necessarily so:
{{cquote|Since the arrival of abstract art the term figurative has been used to refer to any form of modern art that retains strong references to the real world}}
Painting can therefore be divided into the categories of figurative and abstract, although, strictly speaking, abstract art is derived (or abstracted) from a figurative source. However, the term is usually used as a synonym for non-representational art, i.e. art which has no derivation from figures or objects.

Figurative artists


Famous Figurative artists include:
*Michelangelo
*Rembrandt
*Peter Paul Rubens
*Henri Matisse
*Pablo Picasso

Notes and references


This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Figurative art".