Your Conscience | Vorden Art
2017 | Denmark

Spirit Cloud | Xiaojing Yan | 2016 | Canada

In visual arts genres are describing and categorising the style how the subject of an artwork is depicted or formed.

However, the term "Genre" is a definition for style and not "Medium" (materials) used.

Therefore, for example even the medium sculptures, and not just paintings, can be abstract, figurative, concrete art and so on in terms of the genre.

Note

Since some genres have an overlapping characteristic with other genres it is reasonable to describe a single artwork with more than one genre.

However, some genres should not be chosen together with one artwork, since they would contradict each other.

Some examples for multiple genres chosen for one artwork could be ...

  • Abstract and Abstract Expressionism
  • Realism and Figurative

Some examples for genres which should not be chosen to categorise one artwork, because that would be contradictory ...

  • Abstract and Figurative
  • Abstract and Cubism
  • Abstract and Conceptual
  • Surrealism and Realism
  • Fantastic and Figurative

Some examples for stand-alone genres which should not be categorised together with another genre ...

  • Conceptual
  • Concrete
  • Pop
  • Minimalism




In visual arts genres are describing and categorising the style how the subject of an artwork is depicted or formed.

However, the term "Genre" is a definition for style and not "Medium" (materials) used.

Therefore, for example even the medium sculptures, and not just paintings, can be abstract, figurative, concrete art and so on in terms of the genre.

Your Conscience | Vorden Art | 2017 | Denmark

Note

Since some genres have an overlapping characteristic with other genres it is reasonable to describe a single artwork with more than one genre.

However, some genres should not be chosen together with one artwork, since they would contradict each other.

Some examples for multiple genres chosen for one artwork could be ...

  • Abstract and Abstract Expressionism
  • Realism and Figurative

Some examples for genres which should not be chosen to categorise one artwork, because that would be contradictory ...

  • Abstract and Figurative
  • Abstract and Cubism
  • Abstract and Conceptual
  • Surrealism and Realism
  • Fantastic and Figurative

Some examples for stand-alone genres which should not be categorised together with another genre ...

  • Conceptual
  • Concrete
  • Pop
  • Minimalism