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Figurative Art

Figurative Art refers to any form of art that clearly depicts recognizable objects seen in the real world and particularly to the human figure.

Stretching back to prehistoric cave paintings, figurative art has played a central role throughout every phase of art history. It not only depicts a real subject but can also reflect the cultural values of the time it was made in.

Though the works of Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Andy Warhol are disparate in intent and style, all are illustrations of figurative art.

The elements upon which figurative art depends include line, shape, color, texture, volume and mass.

The famous Amrita Shergil worked mostly with figurative images. Her themes were predominantly women oriented. She painted rustic villagers and the lives of poor Indians. Some of her most famous figurative works are The Bride’s Toilet, Hillside and The Story Teller.


Amrita Shergil, Three Girls, 1935, oil on canvas, 36.5 x 26.2"