Classical Realism by Maes

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Cubism was a short-lived movement in art that started in the early 1900s. It was popularized by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and others.

Cubism is known for depicting everyday objects from multiple perspectives simultaneously, as if from different viewpoints. This style of abstracted realism was not very popular when it first came out, but it has since become an essential part of art history.

This blog post looks at the classical realist painter Modest Maes (1865-1934) and his influence on Cubism. It also sheds light on how cubism influenced artists like Braque and Picasso, who are better known for their cubist works.

Let’s look at the work of the Dutch painters Johan Maes and Joost Tengbergen. Both were friends and members of the same movement, which was called Realism. Their works may not be as popular as that of other artists, but it is still worthy to take a look at their works.

Their works were influenced by Classical Realism, which used idealized forms to create imagery that was more accurate than naturalism. The main use of this style was to portray religious scenes, but they also painted landscapes and still lifes.

The subjects of their paintings were usually portraits and landscapes, but they also painted still lifes, some examples are: flowers, fruits and animals such as birds or fish. They painted with oil on canvas, wood panels or cardboard.

Today we can see on their artworks that they have been influenced by both cubism and impressionism styles. Their work has got some characteristics from cubist artists like Picasso and Braque, like the multiple views in one picture (Mont de Marsan). But not all of the work of these artists are cubist because some do not show any influence at all from this style. Some influences can be seen in Joost Tengbergen’s ‘House with Horses’, for example

The classical realism of Maes was grounded in a deeply felt love for the human figure. He pursued his love by first studying anatomy at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and then under the tutelage of Jean-Léon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he first encountered the influence of the French master, Edgar Degas.

This was to be a defining moment for young Maes, who was immediately drawn to Degas’ work and quickly assimilated his style. Maes’ admiration was reciprocated by Degas, who invited him to exhibit some of his works at the Parisian Salon. This decision was to alter both their careers forever.

In this blog post, I will talk about the work of Dutch artist Maes. He is probably best known for his realistic paintings but in this article I want to concentrate on his cubist period.

In my opinion, he was one of the more original (and most underrated) cubist painters. In this period he created a lot of interesting works that were heavily inspired by Picasso and Braque. The works he created during this period are some of his most famous pieces.

Picasso and Braque were two artists that were very important for Maes’ cubist period. They had just started experimenting with modern art and their work inspired him to start with cubism himself. This influence can be seen in the fact that he borrowed their ideas, techniques and subjects to create his own unique style.

The subjects Maes choose are also very different from what other cubist artists were doing at the time. His paintings seem more spontaneous and less calculated than other cubists, which gives them a very personal feel to them.


I don’t remember how I got to see “The Art of the Piano” exhibit, but I’m glad I did. The exhibit is focused on the work of a classical artist named Keith Haring, and it’s at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

The exhibit is small, but its impact is big. It shows that Haring was a classical artist who incorporated 20th century styles like abstract expressionism and cubism into his work.

Haring had been interested in art since childhood. He went to art school, where he studied painting and drawing. Classical Realism was his specialty, but he also took classes in cubism, abstract expressionism and pop art.

But when Haring switched from painting on canvas to painting on glass and stone for his subway drawings, the classical elements disappeared. His art became more abstract until it shifted into graffiti and street art.

I hadn’t thought about it before, but there are a lot of connections between classical art and graffiti. Classical artists like Rembrandt used light to create drama; graffiti artists use bright color to make their work stand out. Classical artists like Michelangelo used sculpture to create three-dimensional images; graffiti artists use three-dimensional letters to do the same thing.

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Art is a language, used to communicate ideas and feelings. Maes’ work strays from the traditional approach by using different mediums and unconventional shapes and colors. He is not afraid of criticism or the challenge of creating something new.

One’s first impression of Maes’ work relates to the medium that he uses. Although some of his paintings are on canvas, most are created with unconventional materials such as mud, tobacco ash, metal shavings and even water in order to create a sense of realism that cannot be represented solely through paint.

The use of these unorthodox materials show his dedication towards a certain style, “I just do what I want,” he says. In an interview with Artnet Magazine, he states that “I want to paint things the way I see them.”

Classical Realism is a style of art based on the observation and representation of nature, in contrast to the expressive, often symbolic, and generally non-naturalistic character of other contemporary movements.

The origins of the style are found in 15th-century Italy and in 16th-century Flanders, where artists portrayed subjects with a high degree of realism, as in the paintings of Jan van Eyck, who was instrumental in popularizing oil painting as an artistic medium. In Early Netherlandish painting of the period from about 1500 to 1530, however, such artists as Robert Campin and Hugo van der Goes made less use of these techniques in order to create images that showed an impression of spontaneous movement. Later Northern Mannerism carried these compositional trends towards a logical conclusion.

The Renaissance saw an increase in the popularity of this mannerist style, particularly in northern Europe. The leading exponents were Hans Holbein the Younger and his followers John Sadeler and Hendrik Goltzius. In Italy it was carried by Rosso Fiorentino, Francesco Salviati and Benvenuto Cellini; in Spain by Diego Velázquez, Jusepe de Ribera and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo;

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