Retro Art

Retro is one of the defining styles of modern art. Explore our curators' selection of retro art, discover the aesthetic of retro design, and find a retro artwork for your walls!




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Today's Yesterday: The Aesthetic of Retro Art

Retro as a cultural phenomenon refers to the contemporary taste for styles associated with a past period.

The retro style began with changing tastes in the postwar years. A shift from the futurism and utopianism of simple modernist design to the functionalist aesthetic characteristic of mid century modern art and design entailed a kind of suspension of pastness and futurity in artistic taste. The art of the mid-century purported to be an art out of time. This changed with the ascent of Pop Art, and a nascent interest in the art and design of the recent past. This was during the 1970's, amid broad social changes, and the onset of a period sometimes referred to as post-modernism.

The retro aesthetic is distinct from the vintage aesthetic in its presentism: vintage is an artefact out of the past; retro is a retrospective view of the past from the point of view of the present. In general, the retro taste has been different than both vintage and antiquarian: it stands for an interest in things still in reach of cultural memory, in the timespan of a generation or two, but nevertheless outdated by contemporary standards.

Retro art often encompasses a kind of retro futurism: in the contemporary depiction of scenes out of the past, the future-oriented designs and sentiments of the subject-matter - whether Warhol's famous cans or portraits of figures looking out over the sun - are captured alongside.

In art and design today, retro encompasses a very broad spectrum of themes, from rehashed versions of science fiction and retro futurism in steampunk, to the popping blues, pinks, and purples characteristic of vaporwave. Above all, retro art stands today, as it ever did, for playful anachronism: a style that is every bit the present longing for the past.


Decorating with Retro Art


Retro art is a popular and stylish choice for an interior design concept. In a home, it can have the effect of a poster or a flyer: announcing an event, drawing attention to a motif, or declaring the taste of its owner.

As far as design styles go, you can count on retro art to be eye catching. Other, similar design styles like vintage or Americana are defined by era or motif. By contrast, retro art is specifically distinguished for the pop art qualities with which it is identified. Because retro art today is a direct descendent of the typical subject matter of Pop Art, it shares with it a disposition towards the use of bright color, bold motifs, and pop culture imagery. Because of this likeness and heritage, a retro artwork can be relied on to be a bold optical presence.

Retro art is well-suited to be featured in a home office, or as part of a kitchen decor concept. Both rooms are friendly to motifs which are playful. More importantly, both can priveledge the taste of their main occupants over specific vibes that are seen as necessary to control the atmosphere of the room.


 curated retro artworks: Lakeside Car Wash by Marc Shur
Lakeside Car Wash
Marc Shur
from € 279 to € 1,199
 curated retro artworks: An afternoon with Renè M. by Ivo Von Renner
An afternoon with Renè M.
Ivo Von Renner
from € 599 to € 1,399
 curated retro artworks: River Lodge Motel by Marc Shur
River Lodge Motel
Marc Shur
from € 349 to € 1,799
 curated retro artworks: Avantgarde house by Jens Hausmann
Avantgarde house
Jens Hausmann
from € 599 to € 1,149
 curated retro artworks: Am Stuhl angelehnt by Edward B. Gordon
Am Stuhl angelehnt
Edward B. Gordon
€ 899
 curated retro artworks: Curiosités by Christian Lacroix
Curiosités
Christian Lacroix
from € 1,099 to € 1,599
 curated retro artworks: Modern house with pool 2 by Jens Hausmann
Modern house with pool 2
Jens Hausmann
from € 599 to € 1,999
 curated retro artworks: Central view by Manuel Ros
Central view
Manuel Ros
from € 249 to € 749
 curated retro artworks: Blue House by Sarah Johanna Eick
Blue House
Sarah Johanna Eick
from € 299 to € 749
 curated retro artworks: Georgia by René & Radka
Georgia
René & Radka
from € 549 to € 1,149
 curated retro artworks: First Drop by Kristina Varaksina
First Drop
Kristina Varaksina
from € 799 to € 1,149
 curated retro artworks: Johanna by Formento²
Johanna
Formento²
from € 599 to € 1,999
 curated retro artworks: Motel by Sarah Johanna Eick
Motel
Sarah Johanna Eick
from € 499 to € 1,499
 curated retro artworks: Gas Station by Sarah Johanna Eick
Gas Station
Sarah Johanna Eick
from € 499 to € 1,499
 curated retro artworks: She plays piano by Gianluca Fontana
She plays piano
Gianluca Fontana
from € 799 to € 1,399
 curated retro artworks: Luxury Grunge by Sune Czajkowski
Luxury Grunge
Sune Czajkowski
from € 799 to € 1,399
 curated retro artworks: Vie du jour by Will Falize
Vie du jour
Will Falize
from € 699 to € 1,399
 curated retro artworks: Camp Street – Coliseum Street by Larry Yust
Camp Street – Coliseum Street
Larry Yust
from € 449 to € 1,199
 curated retro artworks: His Story by Joe Mcdermott
His Story
Joe Mcdermott
from € 799 to € 1,499
 curated retro artworks: Retro Cool by Julia Kennedy | Trunk Archive
Retro Cool
Julia Kennedy | Trunk Archive
from € 849 to € 1,499
 curated retro artworks: Studebaker Champion Regal De luxe, 1949 by Thomas Meinicke
Studebaker Champion Regal De luxe, 1949
Thomas Meinicke
€ 499
 curated retro artworks: Asset Stripper by Vincent Poole
Asset Stripper
Vincent Poole
€ 1,699
 curated retro artworks: Travel with dream. by Huang Kelaer
Travel with dream.
Huang Kelaer
from € 299 to € 649
 curated retro artworks: Contemplation by Edward B. Gordon
Contemplation
Edward B. Gordon
€ 899
 curated retro artworks: Niki by Sabine Dehnel
Niki
Sabine Dehnel
€ 1,099
 curated retro artworks: As Rose by Devin Miles
As Rose
Devin Miles
from € 649 to € 2,490
 curated retro artworks: Madone Nubienne by Christian Lacroix
Madone Nubienne
Christian Lacroix
€ 649
 curated retro artworks: Madone Byzantine by Christian Lacroix
Madone Byzantine
Christian Lacroix
€ 649
 curated retro artworks: After Work II by Sebastian Magnani
After Work II
Sebastian Magnani
€ 2,190
 curated retro artworks: New York, Scene 1 by Rafael Fuchs
New York, Scene 1
Rafael Fuchs
from € 599 to € 1,799
 curated retro artworks: Brooklyn Night by Eric Otto
Brooklyn Night
Eric Otto
€ 599
 curated retro artworks: Day Dreaming at the Summer Pool by Soo Burnell
Day Dreaming at the Summer Pool
Soo Burnell
from € 699 to € 1,149
 curated retro artworks: St. Pete Beach II by Dean West
St. Pete Beach II
Dean West
from € 749 to € 2,490
 curated retro artworks: Chicago by Christophe Jacrot
Chicago
Christophe Jacrot
from € 699 to € 1,999
 curated retro artworks: Arnika by Len Van Brook
Arnika
Len Van Brook
from € 899 to € 2,390
 curated retro artworks: Phone booth by Sonja L.
Phone booth
Sonja L.
from € 349 to € 649
 curated retro artworks: Fruit cocktail by Sonja L.
Fruit cocktail
Sonja L.
from € 349 to € 649
 curated retro artworks: The Future Projects by Hugo Pondz
The Future Projects
Hugo Pondz
from € 1,099 to € 1,699
 curated retro artworks: Pan Am by Alastair Pincaud
Pan Am
Alastair Pincaud
€ 1,999
 curated retro artworks: Bubble Lips by Alexander Straulino | Trunk Archive
Bubble Lips
Alexander Straulino | Trunk Archive
from € 799 to € 1,399



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