Motif in Art

Motif in Art

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.

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Parra's studio, with Parra at the centre, his back to the camera as he works on the large painting takes centre stage, showing a faceless blue woman in a striped dress, painted in red, purple, blue and teal. The studio is full of brightly coloured paints, with a large window on the right and a patterned rug across the floor under the painting.