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You’re spoilt for choice on Bluethumb, with a diverse selection of artwork by Australian artists for sale. Not sure what you like? No worries. Continue reading to learn what sets Modern Art, Realism, Portraiture, Illustration, and Surrealism apart and discover your preferred art styles.

Modern Art

Modern art is a kaleidoscope of creative expression that emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It’s an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of artistic movements, from Impressionism to Cubism, Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism. Modern art breaks away from traditional styles, challenging conventional norms and embracing a fresh, experimental approach.

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Realism is an art movement that emerged in the mid-19th century. It rejects romanticism and seeks to represent subjects truthfully, without artificiality or exaggeration, often focusing on everyday life, ordinary people, and the natural world. Realist artists paid close attention to the effects of light and shadow on objects and scenes, contributing to the illusion of three-dimensionality.


Portraiture is a genre of art that involves creating a representation or likeness of a person. The aim of portraiture is to capture the physical appearance, personality, and sometimes the essence or inner qualities of the subject. Portraiture has played a significant role throughout history in documenting important figures, such as leaders and cultural icons.


Illustration is an art form that visually communicates a concept, story, or message. From detailed scientific drawings to whimsical children’s book illustrations, this art style encompasses a wide range of techniques and mediums that vary significantly depending on the purpose, audience, and personal style of the illustrator.


Surrealism is an artistic movement that emerged in the early 20th century after World War I. Surrealist works often combine unrelated or contradictory elements in unexpected ways. Works often depict fantastical, dreamlike, and sometimes bizarre or absurd scenes. This creates a sense of dislocation and challenges conventional notions of reality.

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