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To Each His Own Style
Get inspired 27 Mar 2020

To Each His Own Style

The art world has a reputation of being a rather uninviting environment for the uninitiated. Woe betide anyone who admits to not knowing the artists considered the grand masters of contemporary or modern art.

musée femme rouge
© Bianca Isofache

In order to make your way in this world or simply enable a successful visit to the museum, Artsper offers you a simple guide to identifying the styles of major artists whose names you often hear in artistic conversation. Art History degree not required…

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koon
Jeff Koons, Blue Dog, 1994 – 2000

If it looks like a balloon at a birthday party or it’s shaped like a pet…

Niki de Saint Phalle

If it is a question of round, voluptuous women dressed in a very colourful style…

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi kusama pumpkin
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin

If it’s a little psychedelic – or it looks like a pumpkin – and there’s lots of peas


If the women appear to have been disfigured in a violent accident or have undergone cosmetic surgery that went seriously wrong…

Andy Warhol

style warhol
Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, 1967

If it looks like a multi-coloured photo booth strip or supermarket product…

Keith Haring

Keith haring
Keith Haring, Untitled, 1985

If it looks like a crime scene meets children’s felt-tip drawing…

Takashi Murakami

takashi style kawaii
Takashi Murakami, Flower Smile, 2011

If there are lots of smiling flowers of all colours and kawaii characters…

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein, M-Maybe, 1965

If there’s a blonde who’s depressed – mostly about a cartoon-style romance – or if there are lots of little dots

Yves Klein

Yves Klein style
Yves Klein, IKB45, 1960

Quite simply. If it’s blue.

Anish Kapoor

anish kapoor style
Anish Kapoor, Ascension (Red), 2009

And if it’s red

Fernando Botero

style botero
Fernando Botero, The card player, 1988

If everyone’s really fat, with tiny little eyes…

Piet Mondrian

mondrian style
Piet Mondrian, Composition A, 1920

If it reminds you of your statistics class or the TV test card of the ’70s…