Figurative painting uses real objects and then distorts them to convey a valuable message. Expressionism, surrealism, impressionism, hyperrealism and trompe l’oeil are all part of figurative art. Here are his greatest works.
The Scream by Edvard Munch
Edvard Munch’s Scream is one of his most famous paintings. It is easily recognized by the screaming head held between two hands. During a walk in the fjords, the author would have felt a visual and auditory hallucination. This experience was the source of inspiration. This great work of figurative art inspires fear and anxiety. Its author is described as a tortured artist. It should be remembered that his life was full of troubles, such as the premature deaths of his mother and sister. His family also showed signs of mental instability. The painting was painted in 1893 and is in the ranks of expressionist painting and modern art. The painting is in the same lineage as those of Van Gogh and Gauguin.
Guernica by Pablo Picasso
The canvas measures 3.5 m by 7.8 m. This great work of figurative art is one of the most famous paintings of the 20th century. Its origin dates back to the terrible event of 1937: the German bombing of the city of Guernica. Through his painting, the artist illustrated the horror and suffering of the Spanish inhabitants during the Civil War. It first appeared in the Spanish pavilion at the Paris World Fair in July 1937. It was kept in the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) in New York, at the request of the author. It was then moved to Spain in 1981 after the death of General Franco. It is currently in the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. Art lovers particularly appreciate its size and composition.
Persistence of the memory of Salvador Dali
Finally, Persistence of Memory is undoubtedly the greatest work of figurative art. The painting was painted in 1931. It reveals the beach of Portlligat dotted with watches that seem to melt in the sun. It is better known as “The Soft Watches”. Salvador Dali was inspired by camemberts melted during a meal to make his painting. The masterpiece wisely illustrates the passage of time and the anxiety felt in front of this reality. The painting is similar to Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. It is now on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Its author is one of the most versatile and prolific artists of the 20th century.