#20: Understanding genres of western art: abstract art

Understanding western art abstract art - Abstract V is an oil painting by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong

Understanding the genres of western art, such as abstract art, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Abstract art is art that depicts subjects that are not recognizable by most people. It is also known as non representational art. 
 
Abstract art uses colours, shapes, lines and marks to convey its intentions.  Abstract art can be a slight, partial or complete departure from reality.

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How to appreciate paintings? Understanding the genres of western art, such as abstract art, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Painting Image: Abstract V by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong / ARTualize.com.sg

#18: Understanding genres of western art: still life

Understanding western art still life - The Fullerton Hotel is an oil painting by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong

Understanding the genres of western art, such as still life, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Still life is one of the principal genres, or subject types, of western art.
 
Still life refers to paintings which depict an arrangement of inanimate subjects, such as food, flowers, fruits, vases, books and instruments.
 
Still life paintings are used by artists to convey their technical drawing skills, their view of art, their artistic emotion or a hidden message. 

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How to appreciate paintings? Understanding the genres of western art, such as still life, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Painting Image: The Fullerton Hotel by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong / ARTualize.com.sg

#19: Understanding genres of western art: representational art

Understanding western art representational art - Telok Ayer Street is an oil painting by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong

Understanding the genres of western art, such as representational art, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Representational art is art that depicts subjects that are easily recognized by most people. 
 
The subject in a representational painting may not look like the item in real life, but it can still be identified.  For example, we can recognize a crowd of people in a painting from just a few strokes of the brush even though humans certainly don’t look like that. 

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How to appreciate paintings? Understanding the genres of western art, such as representational art, enable us to better appreciate paintings.  

Painting Image: Telok Ayer Street by Singapore artist Low Hai Hong / ARTualize.com.sg