If you love collecting art pieces, you’re definitely not alone. They’re a great way to add personality and character to your home, and there are tons of different materials, styles, and examples to choose from. They range from NASA photos of the first men on the moon to impressionists like Van Gogh and Monet. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most awesome art pieces that you can add to your house collection.
This is a type of art that’s created using canvas as the support medium. It can be a painting or a photograph, and it’s usually hung on walls or displayed on shelves. There are many different styles of canvas art, from abstract to realistic. Four major examples include:
- “The Scream” by Edvard Munch
- “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh
- “Nighthawks” by Edward Hopper
- “American Gothic” by Grant Wood
You’ll need to decide how much space you have available, and choose a piece that’ll suit the existing colors in the room. Canvas art can be very expensive, so you’ll need to set a budget before you start shopping. You’ll find that outdoor canvas art adds a great finishing touch to people’s backyards, perfectly complimenting their outdoor furniture or rugs. You can buy from featured collections such as beach and ocean, landscapes, wildlife, flowers, buildings, and structures, etc.
Functional clay art includes items such as pots and vases (which can be used to hold flowers or other plants) while decorative art includes sculptures and figurines. The Venus of Willendorf is a famous example of prehistoric sculpture, depicting a nude woman with large breasts, hips, and thighs. (We’ll take a closer look at sculptures in the next section).
Figurines are another type of decorative clay art. They’re small statues that usually depict people or animals. They’re often used as decorations or collectibles. Some well-known figurine brands include Precious Moments and Lladró.
Sculptures are three-dimensional artworks created by shaping or combining hard materials, typically stone such as marble, metal, glass, or wood. They’re often considered to be one of the highest forms of art. Here are five major examples:
- “The Kiss” by Auguste Rodin
- “Bird in Space” by Constantin Brancusi
- “David” by Michelangelo
- “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin
- “Mao Zedong Memorial Hall Bronze Statue” in Beijing, China
While many sculptures are designed for outdoor display, there is also a number suitable for indoor spaces. A large, heavy sculpture may need to be placed on a pedestal in order to be safely displayed. On the other hand, a smaller sculpture made of delicate materials may need to be placed in a glass case. You could opt for a modern or traditional piece, an abstract design, or a realistic figurine. Just make sure it’s something that you’ll enjoy looking at every day!
Representational photographic art depicts scenes or objects in a way that’s recognizable to the viewer. Abstract photographic art, on the other hand, employs techniques such as extreme close-ups, unusual angles, and selective focus to create images that are less literal and more open to interpretation. All photographic art shares one commonality: the artist’s use of light and composition to create an arresting image. If you’re looking to add some photographic art to your collection, seek out pieces that showcase the artist’s skill in these two important areas.
Some famous examples of photographic art include Ansel Adams’ “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico” and Edward Weston’s nudes. Some other artistic photographers to check out include:
- Sarah Ann Loreth
- Josefine Hoestermann
- Ruby James
- Carolyn Hampton
- Olga Fler
- Marta Syrko
Watercolors are usually made with pigments suspended in a water-based solution. The historical and most frequent support for watercolor paintings is paper. Other supports include papyrus, bark papers, plastics, vellum or leather, fabric, glass, and metal. Watercolor painting is often practiced in an outdoor setting in order to take advantage of the natural light and scenery.
Some famous watercolor artists include Charles Demuth, Paul Klee, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Elizabeth Murray, and Thomas Moran. Some famous watercolor paintings include:
- Before the Snowfall (Bob Ross)
- Lake Geneva (JMW Turner)
- Young Hare (Albrecht Durer)
- Cathedral of Llandaff (Paul Sandby)
- In the Bighorn Mountains (Thomas Moran)
- Brun (Tatiana Ivchenkova)
Modern art is a term used to describe the artworks produced in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism movements are all considered to be part of modern art history. Some famous examples of modern art include Claude Monet’s “Impression Sunrise”, Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” and Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain.”
If you’re interested in adding some modern art to your house collection, do your research first. Make sure you know about the different movements within modern art history and find examples that you personally connect with.
Religious art seeks to represent and evoke religious themes and ideas. It can be used in both public and private spaces, such as churches, temples, homes, or offices. Some famous examples include the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo, the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, and the Garden of Gethsemane by Rembrandt. While religious art can take many different forms, some common features include depictions of deities, sacred texts, saints, angels, or other religious figures. Icons are used for worship purposes in the Greek Orthodox Church
If you’re looking to add some religious art to your home collection, there are many different options available to you. You can choose art that depicts your own personal faith tradition, or select something that represents a more general concept of spirituality.
We’ve now discussed several types and expressions of art that you could add to your house collection. Why not check out some of the examples we’ve mentioned, or look for some new ones? They’ll bring a splash of color to your home (or backyard) and be a great conversation starter for your guests. As with any collection, once you’ve started you’ll be keen to add another art piece sometime soon.