Famous Painting Styles

by theartinvogue on 03/02/2021

For us, paintings are mostly of one kind, that is, well, paintings. We may not be aware of the many different types of paintings except for some main styles. Watercolour painting, abstract painting, acrylic painting, oil painting, and pastel painting are just some of the most primary and basic style of painting. However, when it comes to its other famous types, you may not necessarily know the difference between them, unless you’re an art scholar.

Whether you’re simply intrigued by and interested in art or wish to conquer the subject for any purpose, here is your guide to some of the most famous types of paintings.


It is known to be one of the most influential art forms in painting, Art Deco style which emerged in the 1920s in the state of France. Not long after that, the Art Deco style became quite popular and was welcomed with wide arms not only by the artistic communities but also by visual and decorative arts and artists in fashion, architecture, filmography, and product design. Soon after, it was widely adapted and celebrated in the art of painting too. Art Deco style is essentially all about neat and exaggerated geometric shapes, and vibrant and striking colors. Evidently, most of Art Deco painting style is inspired by later technical development and industrialization.


Abstract art, a fairly common form of painting is also sometimes referred to as contemporary or modern art. Here, the real visible world plays little to no relevance and part. Quite symbolic in style and non-representational, this type of painting works by withdrawing anything lifelike and working with emotions by using colours and shapes. Using symmetrical & asymmetrical shapes, and different colours and strokes on a canvas, abstract art leaves the interpretation to the audience’s imagination. Seemingly identifying as a meaningless, accidental painting, abstract art is something to be unraveled and felt, without disclosing the literal meaning.


Evolved out of the Baroque cultural movement that began in Rome, Baroque Painting emerged ideally in the 17th century. Artistically speaking, Baroque art is marked by grandeur, drama, movement, dark shadows, intense light, and rich deep color. This type of painting, Baroque painting is more like a still theatrical depiction of a scene, displayed in immense attention to detail.


Born out of Romanesque art during the Early Renaissance, Gothic art flourished between the mid-12th century and the end of the 16th century. Gothic paintings boast and focu on intricate details, neat decorative details, curves and flowing lines, and a medieval accent. Gold was the prime feature of these paintings as a standard colour of the panel.


Conceptualized in Germany from a modernist movement in the early 20th century, Expressionist paintings is another type of painting that has intrigued artists all over the world. In Expressionist paintings, artists tamper with the truth of the subjects to express their raw ideas, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. With this, they disclose and show a hint of their own personalities, inner minds, and thoughts by distorting the reality of their subjects. Using bold textures, artificial color palettes, exaggerated brushstrokes, the expressionist artists create avante-garde masterpieces.


Backed by a rich history, Japanese painting has obtained a grand position in the world. What is interesting is that it’s the technique and dominant art of Japanese artists that has given it its appeal. Influenced by other international techniques and art practices, Japanese paintings also borrows its art from the Chinese art and other Western artistic practices. From daily life sceneries and landscapes to nature at its rawest from with birds, animals, plants, and flowers, Japanese painting is all about simplicity yet complex technique.

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