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!


 curated retro artworks: Summer by Sanda Anderlon
Summer
Sanda Anderlon
from CA$ 1,299 to CA$ 5,409
 curated retro artworks: Virus by Federico Naef
Virus
Federico Naef
from CA$ 569 to CA$ 2,889
 curated retro artworks: The Warmest Day by Hugo Pondz
The Warmest Day
Hugo Pondz
from CA$ 949 to CA$ 2,799
 curated retro artworks: Michaela II by René & Radka
Michaela II
René & Radka
from CA$ 909 to CA$ 1,939
 curated retro artworks: Vor der Spüle im Atelier by Edward B. Gordon
Vor der Spüle im Atelier
Edward B. Gordon
CA$ 1,429
 curated retro artworks: Nebraska City, Nebraska, 11th Street by Larry Yust
Nebraska City, Nebraska, 11th Street
Larry Yust
from CA$ 849 to CA$ 1,879
 curated retro artworks: 1963 by Devin Miles
1963
Devin Miles
from CA$ 1,079 to CA$ 4,219


Retro Fashion Artworks




Retro Pop Art Artworks






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 that of vintage art 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for an interest in things still in reach of cultural memory, in the timespan of a generation or two, but nevertheless outdated by contemporary standards.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 CA$ 469 to CA$ 2,049
 curated retro artworks: Night at the Movies II by Soo Burnell
Night at the Movies II
Soo Burnell
from CA$ 959 to CA$ 1,729
 curated retro artworks: Night at the Movies VII by Soo Burnell
Night at the Movies VII
Soo Burnell
from CA$ 959 to CA$ 1,729
 curated retro artworks: Chill out by Len Van Brook
Chill out
Len Van Brook
from CA$ 869 to CA$ 1,429
 curated retro artworks: An afternoon with Renè M. by Ivo Von Renner
An afternoon with Renè M.
Ivo Von Renner
from CA$ 989 to CA$ 2,379
 curated retro artworks: River Lodge Motel by Marc Shur
River Lodge Motel
Marc Shur
from CA$ 549 to CA$ 3,129
 curated retro artworks: Avantgarde house by Jens Hausmann
Avantgarde house
Jens Hausmann
from CA$ 999 to CA$ 1,949
 curated retro artworks: Am Stuhl angelehnt by Edward B. Gordon
Am Stuhl angelehnt
Edward B. Gordon
CA$ 1,519
 curated retro artworks: Curiosités by Christian Lacroix
Curiosités
Christian Lacroix
from CA$ 1,839 to CA$ 2,799
 curated retro artworks: Modern house with pool 2 by Jens Hausmann
Modern house with pool 2
Jens Hausmann
from CA$ 1,149 to CA$ 3,429
 curated retro artworks: Central view by Manuel Ros
Central view
Manuel Ros
from CA$ 409 to CA$ 1,249
 curated retro artworks: Blue House by Sarah Johanna Eick
Blue House
Sarah Johanna Eick
from CA$ 509 to CA$ 1,249
 curated retro artworks: Georgia by René & Radka
Georgia
René & Radka
from CA$ 909 to CA$ 1,939
 curated retro artworks: First Drop by Kristina Varaksina
First Drop
Kristina Varaksina
from CA$ 1,299 to CA$ 1,939
 curated retro artworks: Motel by Sarah Johanna Eick
Motel
Sarah Johanna Eick
from CA$ 799 to CA$ 2,589
 curated retro artworks: Gas Station by Sarah Johanna Eick
Gas Station
Sarah Johanna Eick
from CA$ 799 to CA$ 2,589
 curated retro artworks: She plays piano by Gianluca Fontana
She plays piano
Gianluca Fontana
from CA$ 1,289 to CA$ 2,369
 curated retro artworks: Luxury Grunge by Sune Czajkowski
Luxury Grunge
Sune Czajkowski
from CA$ 1,289 to CA$ 2,369
 curated retro artworks: Vie du jour by Will Falize
Vie du jour
Will Falize
from CA$ 1,229 to CA$ 2,369
 curated retro artworks: Camp Street – Coliseum Street by Larry Yust
Camp Street – Coliseum Street
Larry Yust
from CA$ 779 to CA$ 2,049
 curated retro artworks: His Story by Joe Mcdermott
His Story
Joe Mcdermott
from CA$ 1,399 to CA$ 2,589
 curated retro artworks: Retro Cool by Julia Kennedy | Trunk Archive
Retro Cool
Julia Kennedy | Trunk Archive
from CA$ 1,429 to CA$ 2,589
 curated retro artworks: Studebaker Champion Regal De luxe, 1949 by Thomas Meinicke
Studebaker Champion Regal De luxe, 1949
Thomas Meinicke
CA$ 829
 curated retro artworks: Asset Stripper by Vincent Poole
Asset Stripper
Vincent Poole
CA$ 2,829
 curated retro artworks: Travel with dream. by Huang Kelaer
Travel with dream.
Huang Kelaer
from CA$ 529 to CA$ 1,129
 curated retro artworks: Contemplation by Edward B. Gordon
Contemplation
Edward B. Gordon
CA$ 1,509
 curated retro artworks: Niki by Sabine Dehnel
Niki
Sabine Dehnel
CA$ 1,839
 curated retro artworks: As Rose by Devin Miles
As Rose
Devin Miles
from CA$ 1,079 to CA$ 4,219
 curated retro artworks: Madone Nubienne by Christian Lacroix
Madone Nubienne
Christian Lacroix
CA$ 1,129
 curated retro artworks: Madone Byzantine by Christian Lacroix
Madone Byzantine
Christian Lacroix
CA$ 1,129
 curated retro artworks: New York, Scene 1 by Rafael Fuchs
New York, Scene 1
Rafael Fuchs
from CA$ 1,039 to CA$ 3,079
 curated retro artworks: Brooklyn Night by Eric Otto
Brooklyn Night
Eric Otto
CA$ 969
 curated retro artworks: Day Dreaming at the Summer Pool by Soo Burnell
Day Dreaming at the Summer Pool
Soo Burnell
from CA$ 1,289 to CA$ 2,199
 curated retro artworks: St. Pete Beach II by Dean West
St. Pete Beach II
Dean West
from CA$ 1,299 to CA$ 4,309
 curated retro artworks: Chicago by Christophe Jacrot
Chicago
Christophe Jacrot
from CA$ 1,149 to CA$ 3,449
 curated retro artworks: Arnika by Len Van Brook
Arnika
Len Van Brook
from CA$ 1,509 to CA$ 4,089
 curated retro artworks: Phone booth by Sonja L.
Phone booth
Sonja L.
from CA$ 549 to CA$ 1,079
 curated retro artworks: Fruit cocktail by Sonja L.
Fruit cocktail
Sonja L.
from CA$ 549 to CA$ 1,079
 curated retro artworks: The Future Projects by Hugo Pondz
The Future Projects
Hugo Pondz
from CA$ 949 to CA$ 2,929
 curated retro artworks: Pan Am by Alastair Pincaud
Pan Am
Alastair Pincaud
CA$ 3,399
 curated retro artworks: Bubble Lips by Alexander Straulino | Trunk Archive
Bubble Lips
Alexander Straulino | Trunk Archive
from CA$ 1,319 to CA$ 2,439



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