Art-A-Year in Review is an informational blog on the best art of the year. We provide a concise listing of all exhibitions of artistic merit, along with brief descriptions, links and contact information for each gallery. Please feel free to contact any gallery directly if you are interested in seeing more examples of their work, or would like to set up an appointment to visit their gallery.
If you are looking for the best art of 2012, here is your short list:
2012 was a relatively slow year in terms of new artists emerging onto the scene. Many familiar names continued their success, while others maintained their excellence. A few names stood out and led the charge into 2013.
What have we come to know and love about neoclassical art? It’s clear that it will continue to be a defining force in the art world – but with what changes?
2012 saw a variety of styles and techniques, but all were clearly influenced by the great masters of the past. The most notable movement was that of contemporary classical artists who continued to impress us with incredible skill sets and mastery of their mediums.
Designed by René Bouffard, this site features an interactive timeline viewable on desktop or mobile devices. Each artist’s work is displayed in high resolution images, along with a biography and links to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter where you can connect with them directly. So no matter what device you are using, you can get as close as you want to your favorite artist(s) and their work!
I was glad to see that at least one of the judges voted for The Death of Marat as the best painting of the year. I know that some people think it’s ugly, but isn’t that the point? I’m also glad to see that some of my own favorite paintings didn’t make it.
Art is an interesting thing. Some people are convinced that all art is subjective, and that to say something is “better” than something else is silly. But there are plenty of other people who are equally sure that there are objective standards, and that certain works meet those standards while others do not. And they aren’t all high-art snobs either – they include movie buffs who prefer Citizen Kane to Pulp Fiction, or connoisseurs of popular music who believe there is a qualitative difference between Stairway to Heaven and One Direction.
The fact is, though, that most people are as confused about art as they are about economics. It’s true that you can’t say whether a specific person will like a specific painting; just as it’s true that you can’t say whether a specific person will like a specific potato chip or pencil or place to live. But it doesn’t follow from this that art has no objective qualities or standards.
I always loved art and it’s something I can’t live without. I’ve got a passion for photography, graphics and design. I love to take pictures of nature and people.
I am an artist that enjoys to exhibit my work on the internet for all to see. I love doing creative things in my spare time. I am a graphic designer and photographer who loves to capture all that is around me.
Neoclassical art is a movement that has been around for quite some time. For centuries, artists have been striving to create pieces that look real, but at the same time, do not stray from the feeling of classic art work. The movement never truly died out and it still thrives today.
Neoclassicism in art is based on the theory that the human form should be portrayed as if it were perfect in every way. This movement differs from realism because realism tends to portray human form and all its flaws realistically. Neoclassicism strictly focuses on perfection of form while realism can depict all aspects of humanity.
The artwork created during this era reflects the classical teachings of antiquity and they are often regarded as some of the greatest works in history. Although some artists have shown their own individualistic style, many still strive to create artwork that is true to the original intentions of neoclassicism.
Artists such as William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Jean-Léon Gérôme produced many great paintings during this period that are now regarded as timeless masterpieces. In fact, there are so many artists who took part in neoclassicism that it would be impossible to name them all here.
“Neoclassical Art” refers to the artistic movement that began in 18th century Europe and England, and came to replace the Baroque art of previous eras. Neoclassical art emphasized order, reason, and restraint. Artists worked within a set of constraints in order to achieve a sense of harmony, balance, and unity. The constraints were created by the rejection of certain elements of Baroque art such as movement, color and emotion.
Towards the end of the 18th century, artists also rejected the Rococo style for its excesses and returned to classical ideals of order and principles of design. The term “neoclassicism” was coined by French art critic Philippe-Laurent Roland in 1765. Neoclassical paintings are those done in this style during the 19th century such as Jacques-Louis David’s Oath of the Horatii (1784) and Napoleon Crossing the Alps (1801).
Neoclassical period: Early 18th century – Romanticism period: Mid-19th century – Realism period: Late 19th century – Modernism period: Beginning 20th century – Postmodernism period: Late 20th Century – Contemporary Art period: present day
Art movements; Renaissance, Bar
Neoclassical art, also known as Academic art, is a style of painting, sculpture and architecture that was prevalent in the late 17th and 18th centuries. It was inspired by classical antiquity and was characterized by a strong sense of calmness, restraint and “noble simplicity”. Neoclassical artists include Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. The main themes explored in neoclassical art are usually the dignity of man with reference to the Golden Age and reason.
Neoclassicism is an artistic movement characterized by a return to Hellenistic values and aesthetics.*
Neoclassicism: In literature and art, a movement that developed in France during the reign of Louis XIV (1643–1715) that was influenced by ancient Greek culture, which stressed rational analysis and formal order. Neoclassicism had its greatest flowering in France’s prerevolutionary phase (1750–75). It emphasized the moral worth of hard work and virtue as well as ancient Greek culture. The movement influenced architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry—especially French poetry—and criticism.*