Those primal desires, stuffed away and only hardly ever shown. This theme strives to capture them, those animalistic instincts.
Depicting the hidden animalistic instinct that lies within us all. The primal desires that we all have are reimagined by the artists of UP & COMING ART. The internal wild concealed by the tame shell is finally released onto canvas.
Animalistic Instincts has been repeatedly depicted in art time and time again, it is a favourite among the likes of Pablo Picasso, Marcus Duchamp, Francis Bacon and Salvador Dalí.
Francis Bacon’s Two Figures explores the relationship between pain and pleasure, sex and death, that is guided by our animal instinct.
Pablo Picasso frequently incorporated animals into his artwork. As an adult, he had many pets, including a goat, an owl, who would live in his studio and a dachshund called Lump. Picasso’s beloved pets made regular appearances in his artwork, not to mention other animals such as bulls and horses. Picasso’s etching and engraving titled La Minotauromachie, featured the artist’s rendering of minotaurs. Picasso’s interpretation of these greek mythical creatures represented the animal instincts that lie within our human self. Time and time again, we see Picasso’s minotaurs appear in his artwork, all representing that animal instinct we all possess.
Salvador Dalí would display the sexual instinct front and centre of his artwork, commonly portraying both men and women masturbating. His 1929 painting The First Day of Spring is an example of how he played with the primitive sexual desires, depicting a grey-faced man collapsed on a woman’s breasts.
Even Marcel Duchamp wasn’t shy about evoking imagery of our sexual desires in his Readymade creations. Please Touch is a book cover decorated with a fake rubber breast.
Artists who explore the theme of animalistic instinct explore the idea of the inner voices that guide that instinct. The drive for survival, the passion for sex, the protective instinct of a mother. Animalistic instinct in art displays the needs, desires and impulses we all hold as mechanisms and feelings that guide our instincts.
This particular theme in art is sometimes depicted with excitement and movement, the imagery is active and bursting with imagination - how each artist perceives their own animalistic instinct or the primitive instinct they see in others.
At times, the theme is depicted by combining the human form with parts of an animal’s anatomy to form hybrid creatures. The animal within is rising to the surface.
We can all relate to that animalistic instinct, because we all have that fire burning within us. Opting for artwork that depicts this theme will bring excitement to your living space and encourage conversation. Afterall, everyone perceives our animal instinct differently.
With the body of a woman and the head of a bird, Corps Célesete by French artist C. Lyaudet captures that animalistic instinct that we all possess. The artist captures the sensations of that animalistic instinct and explodes it on canvas.
A fun and interesting theme that runs throughout art, a piece of work depicting our animalistic instincts is sure to spark your interest.
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