Several painters have made efforts to express beauty in art over the centuries. Beauty in art can be interpreted in several ways.
Considering the words of Leo Tolstoy,
“The activity of art is based on the capacity of people to infect others with their own emotions and to be infected by the emotions of others. Strong emotions, weak emotions, important emotions or irrelevant emotions, good emotions, or bad emotions – if they contaminate the reader, the spectator, or the listener – it attains the function of art.”
Which means every piece of art would affect the observer’s feeling.
Most paintings communicate the intention of the painter. The observers of such artworks conclude whether beauty is expressed or not.
Art beauty is the aspect of a piece that appeals, attracts, and captures the emotion, attention, command the respect of an observer for the work.
The artwork can inflict the artist’s emotion on the observer. As they say, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. It now means that beauty in art is subjected to individualized discretion of acceptance. Considering beauty in art, the following paintings are well known:
Portrait of Madame Moitessier
There are two original portraits with this title painted by the same artist. The first was started in 1844 and completed in 1856 by Jean-Auguste Dominique Ingres. The second portrait was painted in 1851. The portraits depict the beautiful Marie-Clotide-Ines Moitessier.
The first madame moitessier (1844), portrays her seated on a chair. It was painted with oil on canvas medium and is presently located in the National Gallery in London. The second portrait (1851) portrays her standing.
It is located in the National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C. The madame Moitessier portrait is generally held as an expression of beauty in art.
In the Conservatory
This is a painting that portrays Manet’s friends, a couple in the conservatory. It is an oil on canvas medium started in 1878 and completed in 1879 by Edouard Manet. This artwork is presently located in Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin.
In the Conservatory is an ambiguous art piece as many art critics have been directed. The setting is at 70 Rue d’Amsterdam in Paris, a Conservatory owned by George Von Rosen, who is a painter too. Manet is said to have used this venue as a studio in that period. The setting and couple depict beauty.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
The is an oil on canvas painting produced in 1665. It was painted by Johannes Vermeer (Dutch Golden Age Painter). This artwork has undergone a series of name transitions through the centuries until it became known by the present name.
Towards the end of the 20th century, the painting was named “Girl with a pearl earring” after the big pearl earring worn by the girl depicted in the portrait. It was selected as the most beautiful painting in Netherland by the Dutch Public in 2006. It is located in Mauritshuis, The Hague, Netherland.
This work was painted Hardkoolbome-Boslved, a South African artist. The work depicts a beautiful landscape.
The bosveld landscape, located in the Southwest region of South Africa, inspired the artist to produce the work. The Harkoobome Boslved is generally accepted as an artistic representation of beauty.
Its beauty can be clearly seen in the adorable alignment of trees, shrubs, and grasses.
Also, the blend of colors, which seems to perfect nature, is another captivating feature of this artwork. It is located in South Africa National Gallery.
The Flute Concert of Fredric
This piece of art was produced by Adolph Menzel in the year 1852. It is an oil on canvas medium.
The work is presently located in Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin. This artwork is a beautiful depiction of King Fredrick playing the flute in his palace.
This is also an artistic representation of a music concert organized by the featured king during one of the visits by his sister. Generally, this painting is widely regarded as a beautiful depiction of the act of music production. The blend of colors and the setting created a lovely scene and depicts Beauty In Art.
Metamorphosis of Narcissus
This painting was done by the Spanish Surrealist Salvador Dali in the year 1937. it is an oil on canvas painting. It is believed to be from Dali’s paranoiac-critical period. It is located in Tate Modern, London.
The painting portrays Narcrissus sitting in a pool looking into the water.
Beside him is a decaying stone holding up an egg (used as a glyph of sexuality). Some said the stone is Narcissus, and that closer to water being a mirror image. Others believe that Narcrisssus loved only himself and was punished by the God who made him see his mirror image.
Therefore, he died of frustration. Whichever interpretation, the harmony of the work makes it a point of consideration when we talk of beauty in art.
Venus of Urbino
It’s a popularly known painting originally produced by Titian in 1538. Ever since then, several copies had been reproduced. It is an oil on canvas painting, located at Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence.
This work is also known as reclined Venus. It depicts a naked woman on her marital bed, a dog beside her feet, and a maid searching through a box in a lovely setting.
This was believed to be a gift given by the Duke of Urbino Guidobaldo II Della Rovere to his younger wife.
The gift was to remind her of her sexual and motherhood responsibilities in the confinement of marriage. The painting also portrayed fidelity and love.
In the theme of beauty in art, Venus of Urbino is always considered as a firsthand artistic representation of beauty.
In reality, beauty in art is relative that is a different individual with different viewpoints.
Paintings are rated considering the overall harmony.
The above works are a few of the many famous pictures that relate to the theme- beauty in art.