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If you want to decorate your apartment away from the absurd, everyday style, it can be difficult nowadays. In the large furniture stores, simple calendar slogans dominate, printed on wood or as "wall stickers". If you want to have other original jewelry in your own four walls in addition to the family photos, which you often hang up for emotional reasons regardless of aesthetic aspects, you have to set yourself apart. But what better way to do that than with an art print - classic and timeless? At a time when everyone is a photographer, hardly anyone masters the craft of painting, everything is digitally available at any hour: what better statement could there be than a real picture, be it the print of a modern Brazilian artist or one centuries ago living Dutchman. In the following, some suggestions for decorating the home, office or workplace are to be given based on selected artists.


Hieronymus Bosch

The old masters are more and more forgotten. Outside of art museums and specialist journals, they are hardly present. That's a shame, and that's not the only reason why it can be a good idea to use an art print to make them better known, at least among friends. Take Hieronymus Bosch, for example: Born in Holland in the mid-15th century, he was not the first painter in his family. In fact, it was with him that the fourth generation of the van Aken family (that's the real name) took up this profession. Bosch was extremely religious and even joined a brotherhood. This is also reflected in his work, which deals mainly with Christian motifs.


The Last Judgement

“The Last Judgment” (here) is a disturbing picture. Naked and staked, figures of hell with long tails, dragons and other animals. In addition, the painting is in a dark, depressing shade of brown. Although the picture may be a little too heavy for the kitchen, there are good reasons to get the Last Dish as an art print. If you hang it behind your desk in your office, it makes a certain impression on any negotiating partner and one or the other subordinate will think twice about asking for a raise. In general, in any room, such a picture will attract attention and lead to interesting conversations.


Sandro Botticelli

A contemporary of Bosch is Sandro Botticelli, whose style can, however, be described as contradicting one another. His works, kept in light pastel tones, do not arouse the discomfort in the viewer, as is the case with the Dutchman. Rather, Botticelli celebrates beauty in his pictures, placing glory and not damnation in the foreground in the religious motifs. His pictures manage to bring a touch of Tuscany into the German living room. Significantly, the artist also comes from Florence, the capital of this northern Italian region. “The judgment of Paris” (here) with the typical landscape in the background will make some Italy lovers long for the next summer vacation in their living room or study. His most famous work, the “Birth of Venus” (here), is a song of praise for feminine beauty and a stylish addition to the bedroom.


Caspar David Friedrich

Caspar David Friedrich was certainly one of the most important German painters. Born in 1774, the time and style of his work can be attributed to the early Romantic period. Romanticism is considered to be the time to return to the beauty of nature and the mystical. At least in the field of aesthetics, it is a reaction to the age of the Enlightenment, which raised reason to the overriding and unrivaled principle. Caspar David Friedrich's pictures, on the other hand, exude something sublime, they cast a cold spell on the viewer. His picture of the German "Schicksalsberg" Watzmann (here) shows the view of the radiant 2713 meter high summit over rugged rocky landscapes. It makes people feel small because of the huge landscape. Friedrich's best-known work, “The Wanderer above the Sea of ​​Fog” (here) shows the contemporary understanding of the relationship between man and nature best: The wanderer stands with his back to the viewer over a stone desert covered with fog, experiencing nature instead of closing it to shreds, can be absorbed by it. Anyone looking for impressive landscape views with a historical charge (Friedrich frequented circles of liberation fighters against Napoleon, from which the first democracy movement emerged) should stick to Caspar David Friedrich.

 

Edgar Degas

Edgar Degas, born in Paris in 1834, was a French impressionist. He mainly painted scenes from Parisian life, many ballet dancers doing their exercises (here). He had the soft and, when viewed from close up, blurred painting style in common with many other painters of his era. However, his pictures stand out for their accuracy of human features and shapes. A favorite motif of Degas is the female morning toilet: “After the bath” (here), “Woman combing her hair” (here) and “Woman in the tub” (here) are nudes showing women taking care of their bodies are. Scandalous in petty bourgeois circles of the time (from which Degas did not come from), even nowadays these are not the right pictures for the corridor. The game with innocence and voyeurism at the same time that Degas plays in his paintings probably fits better in the bedroom. If you like provoking and shocking breaks, it is best to hang one of the pictures mentioned together with a poster from a “workshop calendar”.

 

Paul Klee

Paul Klee's “Schiffsternenfest” (here) is ideal for the children's room. In the colorful picture, new shapes and figures can be recognized again and again. Paul Klee (1879-1940) was one of the most important expressionists, a good friend of Kandinsky (here), and particularly productive in the last years of his life. The “small rhythmic landscape” (here) looks very good in the hallway, as it consists of many corridors and is not too restless in terms of color. In general, Paul Klee's rather abstract pictures can be combined well with flowers, for example by hanging them over a vase.


Victor Fernandez

If you want to leave the past and the classic behind, you can turn to the contemporary painter Victor Fernandes. He comes from Brazil and has a wide range of painting styles: from a rather abstract painting like "Tres Rostos" (here) to a ballerina, where only the background has abstract shapes (here), to the painting "Der Abschied" (here), that too, if you didn't know better, could have come from the middle of the 19th century. It is from this picture that a breeze from the wide world blows, a flair like the popular image of an American diner. It fits perfectly in a spacious kitchen, where you sit on a high chair with a cup of fresh coffee and look at the picture.

In addition to the painters presented as examples, there is a huge selection of other artists and it depends on personal taste and the other furnishings of the environment in which direction you want to go, whether you want a canvas picture in XXL format or a cheap poster with or without a frame decides. In any case, it is certain that a mural, regardless of whether it is from the Renaissance, Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism or the 21st century, decisively enhances a room.