The Power of Texture in Art

Texture is one of the most powerful elements of art. It shows how the surface of something can look and feel. Texture can also give an artwork a more realistic look.

You can clearly see the fur on this hare. This is a fantastic example of texture shown in an artwork. When you look closely, Albrecht showed the individual hairs on this animal.
Rococo Revival chair, Unknown, 2nd half of 19th century, From the collection of: Schönbrunn Palace
In this image this artist showed the texture fabric on the chair and it is really detailed.
Rebecca at the Well, Jan Pietersz. Saenredam after Hendrick Goltzius, Circa 1597, From the collection of: National Museum of Slovenia
In this artwork the clothing on the female shows texture. You can see the creases, wrinkles and folds on her dress. Even on the rope she is holding, you can see the braiding of the ropes intertwining.
Skeleton, Ham, Myung Su, 2008, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
If you look closely at this image you can see the tiny fuzzy hairs. This simulated texture looks like it would feel very soft if I were to touch it.
The Laundress (La Blanchisseuse), Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, 1725 - 1805), 1761, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
In this painting you can see the wrinkles, folds, creases, etc. on her clothes and in the towel she is washing. By adding the texture on her clothing, this makes the painting seem more realistic.
Flowers in a Vase, Rachel Ruysch, ca. 1690s, From the collection of: National Museum of Women in the Arts
In this still life painting of flowers in a vase, you can see each individual petals and leaves of the flowers. If you look very closely at this painting you can even see water drops on the flowers.
Skinned Head of a Young Bull, Felice Boselli, About 1690, From the collection of: SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst
This painting shows the stripped flesh and muscle on a skinned bull. Even though this painting does not show solid lines, you can still see the texture on this piece.
Pubic covering, Arnhem Land, Joan Elizabeth Clark, 1946 - 1950, From the collection of: Museums Victoria
This image shows a great example of texture. You can see the individual ropes or strings. If you zoom in closer and look a this more closely you can see the different textures on each string or rope.
The Argenteuil Bridge, Claude Monet, 1874, From the collection of: Musée d’Orsay, Paris
In this landscape you can see the ripples on the water, the texture on the trees and clouds. By adding simulated texture to this piece, it made this artwork look more realistic.
Tabby Cat (Important Cultural Property), Takeuchi Seihō, 1924, From the collection of: Yamatane Museum of Art
This tabby cat shows texture. If you look very closely at this image you can see some lines that simulates the cats fur. It's very detailed, but not at the same time. There are only a few solid lines.
Eastern Wirra, Acanthistius ocellatus, Arthur Bartholomew, 1892, From the collection of: Museums Victoria
This water colored artwork shows texture. On the fins there are line work which shows texture. On the actual fish you can see the implied lines, which shows texture.
Portrait of the Countess of Vergennes in Turkish Attireontes of Vergennes in Turkish Gown, Antoine de Favray, Second half of the 18th Century, From the collection of: Pera Museum
This painting has very intricate patterns on her dress. If you look at this image very closely, you can see the texture on her dress. You can see every single detail of the fabric.
Landscape at Saint-Rémy (Enclosed Field with Peasant), Vincent van Gogh, 1889, From the collection of: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
This landscape painting shows a clear use of texture. You can see it in the sky, on the grass, mountains, etc.. The lines show texture and give this artwork a sense of movement too.
The Moon, Ham, Myung Su, 2009, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
You can clearly see the texture on this moon. The lines create the creators and give the moon a simulated rough texture. If I were to feel this moon, you can tell it would be rocky, hard and rough.
Vincent Van Gogh, Ham, Myung Su, 2006, From the collection of: Korean Art Museum Association
This artwork of Vincent Van Gogh illustrates texture. You can see his facial hair and the hair on his head. Also if you look really closely at the image you can see even more details of line work.
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