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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.

Art gallery ART.biz offers wide choice of original artworks from masters of all countries. All the artworks you can buy or offer for sale online. We also provide all our customers with worldwide shipping.

Abstract  artwork Nostalgia by Alan Albeg
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Nostalgia
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Owner Alan Albegov
$1 000
Realism  artwork Octopus by Elisenda Vila
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Octopus
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Owner Elisenda Vila
$850
Contemporary  artwork Quarantine arch and the old cannon by Oleh Hei
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African  artwork Regards from Eternity by Tatyana Binovska
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Regards from Eternity
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Owner Tatyana Binovska
$5 000
Realism  artwork Dzgiga-Dryga by Alan Albeg
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Dzgiga-Dryga
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Owner Alan Albegov
$1 000
Cubism  artwork Returning 1 by Amar Singha
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Returning 1
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Owner Amar Singha
$900
Contemporary  artwork Dolphins at sunset by Nadezda Resnianskaia
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Dolphins at sunset
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Owner Nadezhda Resnianskaia
$1 800
Contemporary  artwork Look by Elena Sense
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Look
by
Owner Elena Kolambet
$400
African  artwork Zebras by Tatyana Binovska
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Zebras
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Owner Tatyana Binovska
$2 500
African  artwork Tenderness by Tatyana Binovska
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Tenderness
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Owner Tatyana Binovska
$2 800
Contemporary  artwork Song time by Nikolay Matvienko
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Song time
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Owner Nikolay Matvienko
$900
Abstract  artwork Restless Little Bee by Simon Kirk
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Abstract  artwork thoughts by Alan Albeg
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thoughts
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Owner Alan Albegov
$1 000