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An amazingly wide diversity of animal world is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists. Just like forests, rivers, sea, oceans, flowers and mountains, animals as a part of living nature can give them new ideas.

We can find examples of animal drawing in all centuries. At the prehistoric times the animals were depicted in hunting scenes, artists of Ancient Egypt created images of gods with animal or bird heads, in the Middle Ages animals were often mentioned in numerous artworks with paradise scenes.

Depicting animals: from interior design to high art

The images of animals are popular in all areas of the art and design. It is a “safe” object for interior design, prints with animals are widely used by fashion designers. But let's talk about animals in fine art.

There are hundreds of still life or landscape artworks with animals on them. In pastoral paintings depicting idealized scenes of shepherds' everyday life, sheep and cows are painted drinking or eating, lying on the ground or even listening to the music which shepherd plays.

Sometimes animals can be painted to show the social status and wealthy of people on the painting. For example, on artworks showing life of noble people we will mostly find thoroughbred dogs or horses, parrots or other birds. Sometimes people were painted with more exotic animals — like “Lady With an Ermine” by genius da Vinci.

The development of art styles changed the way of drawing animals. An example of it can be the Cubist anti-war masterpiece “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso where we can see only parts of animals or “The Elephants” by Surrealist Salvador Dali, with strange extra long and extra thin legs, simply impossible in a real world.

Modern artists also use images of animals in their works — for example, think about “Rat Graffiti” by world-known British street art artist Banksy.

Types of animal artworks

Artworks depicting animals can be divided into several very different groups:

In different historical period artists were drawing different types of animal art, but nowadays we can find examples of all types.

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Abstract  artwork Excavation by Rosa Hollmann
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Excavation
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Owner Denise Ramos
$800
Contemporary  artwork Morning song by Nikolay Matvienko
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Morning song
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Owner Nikolay Matvienko
$700
Abstract  artwork Koliybel by Alan Albeg
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Koliybel
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Owner Alan Albeg
$1 500
Expressionism  artwork La caranca - Patagonia Found Art. by Ewa Okolowicz
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Abst. Expressionism  artwork Best Wishes by Tatyana Binovska
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Best Wishes
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Owner Tatyana Binovska
Abstract  artwork Wildebeest by Tandaye Beatella
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Wildebeest
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Owner Beata Tankevich
$1 500
African  artwork Blue Dream by Tatyana Binovska
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Blue Dream
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Owner Tatyana Binovska
$3 000
Pop Art  artwork The Real Killer by Stephen Hall
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Abstract  artwork Passage by Alan Albeg
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Passage
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Owner Alan Albeg
Contemporary  artwork Tatu by Rosa Hollmann
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Tatu
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Owner Denise Ramos
$1 000
African  artwork Motherhood by Tatyana Binovska
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Motherhood
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Owner Tatyana Binovska
$750
Abstract  artwork thoughts by Alan Albeg
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thoughts
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Owner Alan Albeg
$1 000
African  artwork South African elephant by Vera Tsepkova
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