Fine Art for Sale
Explore our curators' selection of fine art from the Lumas portfolio. Learn what separates fine art from everyday design, and find a beautiful fine artwork for the walls of your home or office!
Fine Art and High Art
Fine art eludes any easy definition. It may, however, may be said to refer primarily to the practice of the visual arts in which aesthetic contemplation, theoretical intention, and technique are all undertaken on a certain plane of sophistication, often learned in fine art academies, or through other academic endeavors. While today largely synonymous with high art, the fine arts developed from a multitude of social and artistic impulses. Before modernity, art was more uniformly a proof of social status, an object of religious devotion, and a palimpsest of truth.
Fine art painting, printing, and sculpture started to become a movement unto itself in the early modern period in Europe, roughly between the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. It was anticipated by traditions and contemporary fine arts from China, Japan, Persia, and other countries. Antiquities, including prehistoric cave paintings, informed movements in classicism and primitivism, both of which have been profound currents that the fine arts in the 20th and 21st centuries have practiced, appropriated - and tried to make their escapes from.
The Renaissance is known as the period during which painting for painting as a fine art began in earnest. In the hands of artists like Michaelangelo, Rubens, and Caravaggio, art was conceived as a way to showcase human achievement, in the subject matter of sculpture, painting, and prints - but also through art as itself an activitiy which gave explicit testimony to human potential.
Mark Seelen's Dutch Masters series is in this tradition. His still lifes of flowers are reminiscent of oil paintings by Willem Kalf and Pieter Claesz, who were party to the great artistic movement in which art came into its own.
The Rococo, or Late Baroque period in art, was one during which the aesthetic elements in painting, architecture, sculpture, and other fine arts came to the fore. In European art of the 18th century, ornament was the watchword - and symmetry, verisimilutude, and devotional intent became secondary with respect to the opulence which patrons began to expect from commissioned artworks.
Animal portraits by Andreas Amrhein are redolent of garish and luxuriant Rococo artworks featuring animals. A similar effect is achieved in the works of Catherine Ledner, who creates incomparably fun small-format artworks. On the level of color and style, in-demand prints of paintings by Ysabel Lemay are every bit as opulent, and dense - as busy - as those by the rococo masters.
By the peak of Romanticism, well underway by the middle of the 19th century, artists had made great strides towards the increasing autonomization of art as a discipline with standards that spoke more to the intuitive and impulsive side of the hman experience, leaving behind to some degree the mathematical and religious formalism which informed art beforehand.
Atmospheric, breathy works of art by the photo artist Andreas Chudowski recall the famous testimonial artworks of Caspar David Friedrich, whose dramatic oil paintings stage the human person's search for spiritual meaning. Santiago's photography pushes the human further into the distance, placing the observer before a foreground occupied by nature, and the promise of a wandering humanity somewhere off on the horizon.
Impressionism, pioneered in the late 19th century by luminaries like Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissaro, and Alfred Sisley, sought to wrest painterly perception away from conventions of realism and representation, and refound them in natural perception.
In the decades around the First World War, European artists, especially in Germany, sought to depict increasingly unmediated spiritual and psychological states. This was the beginning of a long and storied attempt to escape from the Western artistic canon. Ironically, modernism, as a coherent visual lexicon of the canon's discontents, has become a canon unto itself. In retrospect, then, Expressionism may also be seen as a starting point of modern fine art, as an attempt to finally liberate art from standards seen as exterior to itself, and to refound aesthetic value on new principles, unconstrained by the conventions of the academy and the realism of high culture at the Fin de siècle.
In terms of shaping our expectations of what a fine artwork should look like - how it should comport itself in terms of style, ambition, and themes - no movement has had a greater effet than Surrealism. While other modernist currents have imparted the feel for anti-representationalism or a cool distance as fundamental virtues of fine art, surrealism has bridged a gap between fine art and popular culture. Mostly unnoticed, by creating realistic depictions in unrealistic arrangements or situations, surrealism opened the door for fine art to take on relevancy as an instrument of consumer aesthetics. But this was bidirectional: it also secured a place for fine art as a practice which participates in popular visual culture.
Abstract art is one of the flagship movements of modern art. Consisting in both figurative and non-figurative depictions, and represented by everything from warped and twisted sculpture to the aleatory, or randomized splash painting methods of the mid-century abstract expressionists, abstract art has stood for a new mission for art beyond the mere representation of given reality.
The spare, geometrical aesthetics and blocks of color by artists like Sarah Morris and Bernd Uhde are reminiscent of works by pioneers of abstract art like Wasily Kandinsky or Kazimir Malevitch. The original artwork by Beatrice Hug or the sculptor Zaha Hadid emerge from the same will to abstraction seen in the famous abstract paintings of Jasper Johns or Lee Krasner.
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Pop art, a movement usered in by Americans like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, has had an immeasurable impact on art down to the present, and in defining the aims, methods, and border lines of fine art. In philosophical terms, pop art represents a departure from the binary of truth and beauty - the basic preoccupation of Kant and other philosophers of German Idealism - and inaugurated a new polarity of truth and authenticity. in this model, beauty became a kind of inside joke. Rather than being an object of ridicule, or something which had to prove it could emerge from the grotesque, beauty became a kind of mild irrelevancy, or interesting as subject matter as an object of social fascination, as in the case of pop art muse Marilyn Monroe.
Contemporary Fine Art
Fine art's identity today as a medium drawn to irony and social critique is largely built on the reputations of famous names of contemporary art like Gerhard Richter and David Hockney. Largely propelled by concepts, contemporary fine art may be found across traditional media like painting, printmaking, dance, or photography, but also in video, and as ephermal installations, the eventual dismantling of which is crucial to the message.
Works by Lumas artists like Dean West" and Hugo Pondz are reminiscent of those of David Hockney. Takashi Murakami, with his famous pop artworks, has created a contemporary visual langauge all his own.
Lumas Fine Art Prints
Fine art printing is one of the most storied chapters in art, and today remains one of the most interesting artistic media. Lumas partners with Whitewall, the world's greatest photo lab and print shop, to create its high-quality limited editions. Unlike cheap giclee printing, a Lumas print is created as a photograph. Our prints are produced over special aluminum plates, and can be face-mounted under museum-grade acrylic glass. Our fine art prints are museum-quality reproductions of original artworks, executed in the media of photography, canvas painting, drawing, and digital processing - and often as mixed media, combining several different techniques - before being transformed into our award-winning fine art prints.
Search from among thousands of stunning and stylish artworks, and find the right original print for your home or office. Explore our curators' collections of fine art prints, and bring the elegance and energy of our fine art prints into your home!
Lumas Fine Art Photography
Lumas is known as a gallery at the cutting edge of photographic art. Our photo artists work at the peak of the fine arts, producing stunning and in-demand conceptual and abstract artistic photography.
Our curators' selection of fine art photography contains a wealth of original photography, by some of the worlds' greatest photo artists.
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