Fine art is a craft that is very conditional. What qualifies as fine art? Simply put, it is a piece of art that is beautiful and thought provoking in its own right. Fine art and paintings is usually qualified as a related pair. And fittingly so. It is, in a plain definition, without intellectual insinuations or specific style. Not to use a short sighted idiom, but fine art “is what it is.” It’s just a beautiful picture. It exists only to amuse and entertain. There’s no massage, no subtle agenda.
However fine art encompass 3D creations like sculptures as well. Fine art paintings have an alternate sister method or more accurately it actually has method. This appealing method is called functional or decorative art. The latter name is probably more readily comprehended. What do you think of when you say “decorative art?” Perhaps draperies, window art, interior painting and design.
This art type follows a rule or scheme of composition. If you need instructions to make your art, it is probably decorative! Tile art and mosaics are of this sort.
But we’re here to address fine art paintings. Now that we have defined fine art in explanation and contrast, let us examine some paintings that are in the fine art category.
Th first kind I’ll discuss is called encaustic painting. This title has a dual meaning: the paint substance used and the method incurred. It is used with hot beeswax as a bonding component to join color pigments to more effectively adhere to the surface of bare surfaces like walls or wooden enclosures.
This fine art technique originated form 500 BC Greece and leads right to the present. Hence it has stood the test of time. In modern times, heat lamps or heat guns are us to sear the beeswax to the surface.
Tempera paintings are another form of the fine art denomination. It is rather odd in that its core adhesive formula are eggs mixed with water. It may also be mixed with other edible ingredients like milk, honey. Glue may also be blended for its affect.
This manner of art usually uses an emulsifying texture substance like gesso with is a chalk based plaster-like spreading material. Usually a pictorial outline was applied onto the primer and then thin coats of paint were administered. In regard to its life perseverance, it is quite durable and retains its image well.
Historical speaking, one of the oldest examples was in Egyptian art specifically 50 BC to 250 Ad. However no such pieces have ever been discovered in ancient Greece around the time that tempera flowered in Egypt.
Moreover, in regard to 19th century art, the technique of Tempera art was still held by artists particularly the famous William Blake. In terms of present composition, a few artists have held on to the ancient art method. A few artist include: Edvard Munch, Giorgio de Chirico and Otto Dix to be brief and for content’s sake.
In a category all its own comes the fine art of printmaking. As the term may infer, it is a thing of the last few centuries. It is the process of taking a drawn picture and using mechanical means of sorts to reprint the image on paper. In the 19th century, the lithograph outmoded methods of previous centuries like engraving, woodcutting and etching that flowered mainly in the Europe and the Americas. In Asia, the Japanese ukiyo-e method was practiced as well at that time.
A kind of printing that was used was called Mono typing. Unfortunately, with this method only one reproduction can be done at a time. This system was very basic and effective. It is done by placing a wet, just painted piece of art on a flat surface and then another piece of paper is pressed over it, usually by using a press, and thus yields a single double work of art.
Returning to the direct facet of what fine art paintings is explicated as, I will again mention what the notion of fine art is: it is plain, simply portrayed work of art made just to amuse and entertain. There is no subtle undertone or implied meaning.
In essence, even aged cave cave paintings are classified as fine art! But some of us may wonder why fine paintings are infamously known to be of high class repertoire. And on that note, why are they typically so expansive? There is a relative reason why. It could be compared to why books are so famous.
One factor is “who do you know?” and where is the art piece exhibited and who shows up to admire it. However, most in person art exhibitions are giving way to art being sold online, much like this site aims to do. There are close to a dozen or so online art vendors in business.
I will soon be posting high tier art work that is is of good value for a good price in my opinion. so be sure to check back every often. If you enjoyed or were enlightened by this narrative I will try to post articles every other day.
Until next time, keep it real art connoisseurs!