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Showcasing T he Arts

By Bridgette Waldau

Art Subjects

The term “subjects in art” refers to the central idea that is represented in the artwork. The subject in art is basically the heart of the piece. To determine subject matter in a particular piece of art, ask yourself: What is actually depicted in this artwork? What is the artist trying to communicate to the world... what is his or her message? And how are they expressing that message?

Still Life “Still Life with Fruit” by Severn Roesen

This article will present five main subjects that artists have been exploring in art for centuries:

Still life

is defined as a collection of inanimate objects arranged together in a specific way. The attraction of still life paintings is that they can show us a new way of looking at the ordinary objects around us. Once they are placed into a specific arrangement and then captured in paint, ink, pastel or any other medium - the objects take on a whole new meaning. They become a life beyond the ordinary. Their existence recorded in time.

Landscape paintings or drawings refers to

artwork whose main focus is natural scenery, such as mountains, forests, cliffs, trees, rivers, valleys, etc. Throughout history, artists have found abundant inspiration in the beauty of nature and the grandeur of the earth’s unique landscapes. Landscape artists can choose to render their vision of the earth in a variety of ways. They can be painted realistically, in an effort to replicate nature as closely as or a landscape painting can be created in an abstract manner, in which the imagery is drenched with a deeper spiritual meaning.


is a view or interpretation of specific natural elements. The exploration of nature in art can take endless forms, because nature provides us with a wealth of inspiring phenomena. Artwork based on nature can take many forms and serve

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Landscape “Evening Majesty” by Thomas Kinkade many purposes. “Nature” is an vast topic that encompasses so many things. Some examples that may appear in nature-related artwork include flowers, plants, trees, animals, cells, anatomy, bodily systems, weather, geology, energy, fossils, water, fire, environment, conservation, natural history, etc.

Portrait paintings or drawings depicts the

image of a specific person, a group or even an animal. The subject of a portrait is usually called a “sitter”, because traditionally people would sit in front of the artist to have their portrait created. Nowadays, of course, artists can work from a photograph, so not everyone has to sit for a portrait. Nature (Below left) “Camouflage White Tail Deer” by Kellly McNeil

Portrait (Below) A portrait by Harding Meyer.

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