To Each His Own Style

musée femme rouge
© Bianca Isofache

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.

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

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

Jeff Koon
Jeff Koons, Blue Dog, 1994 – 2000

Niki de Saint Phalle

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

Niki de Saint Phalle
Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana

Yayoi Kusama

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

Yayoi kusama pumpkin
Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin


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

Andy Warhol

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

style warhol
Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, 1967

Keith Haring

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

Keith haring
Keith Haring, Untitled, 1985

Takashi Murakami

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

takashi style kawaii
Takashi Murakami, Flower Smile, 2011

Roy Lichtenstein

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

Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein, M-Maybe, 1965

Yves Klein

Quite simply. If it’s blue.

Yves Klein style
Yves Klein, IKB45, 1960

Anish Kapoor

And if it’s red

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

Fernando Botero

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

style botero
Fernando Botero, The card player, 1988

Piet Mondrian

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

mondrian style
Piet Mondrian, Composition A, 1920

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