The world of art is vast and diverse and very subjective, the style or styles you choose to display in your home can reflect a part of your personality that is unknown outside the home. The Art of Surprise can come into play for visitors whose perception of you may alter considerably when they see the artwork you have in your home.
Let us have a look at what ‘style’ really means.
In the visual arts style according to Eric Fernie is a distinctive manner which permits the grouping of works into related categories, or Gombrich describes it as any distinctive, and therefore recognizable, way in which an act is performed or an artifact made or ought to be performed and made. Style refers to the visual appearance of a work of art that relates it to other works by the same artist or one from the same period, training, location, “school”, art movement or archaeological culture: “The notion of style has long been the art historian’s principal mode of classifying works of art. By style he selects and shapes the history of art” states George Kubler
Style is usually seen as dynamic, in most periods changing by a gradual process, though the speed of this varies greatly, between the very slow development in style typical of prehistoric art or Ancient Egyptian art to the rapid changes in Modern art styles. Style often develops in a series of jumps, with relatively sudden changes followed by periods of slower development.
Any piece of art in theory is capable of being described in terms of style; neither periods nor artists can avoid having a style, except by complete incompetence according to George Kubler. Conversely Lang states that natural objects or sights cannot be said to have a style, as style only results from choices made by a maker.
Whether the artist makes a conscious choice of style, or can identify his own style, hardly matters. Artists in recent developed societies tend to be highly conscious of their own style, arguably over-conscious, whereas for earlier artists stylistic choices were probably “largely unselfconscious” thinks Jas Elsner.
Most stylistic periods are identified and defined later by art historians, but artists may choose to define and name their own style. The names of most older styles are the invention of art historians and would not have been understood by the practitioners of those styles. Gombrich thinks that some originated as terms of derision, including Gothic, Baroque, and Rococo. Cubism on the other hand was a conscious identification made by a few artists; the word itself seems to have originated with critics rather than painters, but was rapidly accepted by the artists.
Back to the question What is your Art Style at Home? This encompasses not only the artwork you have displayed on your walls, shelves, coffee table and any where else you choose to place items classed as works of art; it includes everything you choose to place in your home, your furniture, choice of flooring, the colour of your walls, soft furnishings, basically all items you have chosen to have in your home, even those you feel obliged to keep!!
During the next few weeks I will be looking at some of the numerous styles of visual art available to decorate and enhance your personal living space.