Originating from ‘motive’, motifs in art are repeating fragments, themes, or patterns found in a work of art.
‘Motif’ originates from ‘motive’, signifying a reason or driving force behind a person's actions. In art, a motif is similar in that it represents the visual subject matter chosen for a composition, often driven by a motivating factor. Motifs in art encompass the integration of various visual elements like colour, light, and shadow. However, a motif transcends mere elements; it should be a focal point that captivates the artist and ignites enthusiasm for its portrayal.