Themes in Art


Pattern is the repetion of visual elements in a predictable manner. Common in decorative art, patterns were often found stamped into ancient pottery, reached an apogee of refinement in the Islamic arts, and are still a popular choice for your favorite button-down shirt.

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A Lady of Constantinople, Osman Hamdi Bey

A Lady of Constantinople Osman Hamdi Bey, 1881

Budgerigar Dreaming, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa

Budgerigar Dreaming Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1972

Bushfire Dreaming, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa

Bushfire Dreaming Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1972

Designs for the stage wings of ‘Le Coq d’Or’, Natalia Goncharova

Designs for the stage wings of ‘Le Coq d’Or’ Natalia Goncharova, 1914

Diagonal No. 2, Araceli Gilbert

Diagonal No. 2 Araceli Gilbert, 1976

Frog Dreaming, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Frog Dreaming Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 1989

Gifts of August, Durdy Bayramov

Gifts of August Durdy Bayramov, 2004

Initiation, Liberia, Loïs Mailou Jones

Initiation, Liberia Loïs Mailou Jones, 1983

Isabella, John Everett Millais

Isabella John Everett Millais, 1849

Jasmine, William Morris

Jasmine William Morris, 1872

La Baker, Loïs Mailou Jones

La Baker Loïs Mailou Jones, 1977

Lapita carinated vessel, Teouma Pot No. 2, Lapita Expansion

Lapita carinated vessel, Teouma Pot No. 2 1200 – 1000BCE

Lapita Pottery Sherds, Lapita Expansion

Lapita Pottery Sherds 1220 – 910BCE

Majiayao Geometric Bowl, Neolithic

Majiayao Geometric Bowl 3300 – 2650BCE

Marigold, William Morris

Marigold William Morris, 1875

Mihrab — Prayer Niche, Medieval Persian Art

Mihrab — Prayer Niche 755 – 1355

Moon Masque, Loïs Mailou Jones

Moon Masque Loïs Mailou Jones, 1971

Nasta'liq Calligraphy, Bichitr

Nasta'liq Calligraphy Bichitr, 1640

Ngarlu, Red Hill, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Ngarlu, Red Hill Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 1990

Patterned bowl, Igbo-Ukwu

Patterned bowl 800 – 900CE

Possum Dreaming at Napperby, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Possum Dreaming at Napperby Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, 1979

Rainbow Storm Dreaming, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa

Rainbow Storm Dreaming Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1971

Rank Badge with Silver Pheasant, Qing Dynasty

Rank Badge with Silver Pheasant 1750

Stars at Dawn, Seund Ja Rhee

Stars at Dawn Seund Ja Rhee, 1962

Study for a Curtain for 'Le Coq d'Or', Natalia Goncharova

Study for a Curtain for 'Le Coq d'Or' Natalia Goncharova, 1913 – 1914

Suriname, Loïs Mailou Jones

Suriname Loïs Mailou Jones, 1982

Swatch of Original Fabric, Varvara Stepanova

Swatch of Original Fabric Varvara Stepanova, 1924

Textile Design, Varvara Stepanova

Textile Design Varvara Stepanova, 1924

Textile Design in Black and White, Varvara Stepanova

Textile Design in Black and White Varvara Stepanova, 1924

Textile Design in Blue and Orange, Varvara Stepanova

Textile Design in Blue and Orange Varvara Stepanova, 1924

Textile Design in Yellow and Black, Varvara Stepanova

Textile Design in Yellow and Black Varvara Stepanova, 1924

Trellis, William Morris

Trellis William Morris, 1862 – 1864

Turbulent Spirit Child, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa

Turbulent Spirit Child Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, 1972

Wild Tulip, William Morris

Wild Tulip William Morris, 1884

Willow Bough, William Morris

Willow Bough William Morris, 1887

Young Woman Reading, Osman Hamdi Bey

Young Woman Reading Osman Hamdi Bey, 1880

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