Animal painting is an art genre dedicated to the animal world. In addition to painting and drawing, animalism is often used in sculpture, photography, decorative and applied arts, in literature and other arts.
The animalistic genre was confirmed by archaeological excavations and historical discoveries. It is the oldest of all genres that people have invented. The images of animals were found on the most ancient rock paintings, on household items, jewelry, amulets, weapons and so on.
The ancient animalism is often called the “animal style.” Animal style is characterized by ornamental and stylized images, which sometimes look very abstract, and sometimes very realistic and believable. Nowadays animalism is no less popular.
Many artists use images of wildlife and, in particular, beasts, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects to create their masterpieces. The range of animal kinds that live on our planet can inspire everybody. Often animals are painted as a part of the landscape.
People themselves, being a huge part of nature, and at the same time often negatively influencing nature and animals, deeply feel their connection with it and try to express it in the form of creativity. Many artists, sculptors, and writers humanize animals, which is expressed in allegories and symbols.
Animals have a human mind in such pictures. They are capable of deep experiences and commit various reprehensible or worthy deeds. With the help of animalistic art objects, a person looks not only at the beauty of the living world but also at himself.
Through the symbols of a curved mirror, a person can find flaws and virtues hidden in himself and other people. Realistic and hyper-realistic styles are also common in animalism. In this case, animals are depicted with increased attention to detail.
Animism is a suitable style for beginners. Drawing animals can be the first step in learning how to draw a human body. Also, paintings in the style of animism is a good object of interior and show a feeling of a style of an owner of the painting.