• Eden Kelly


Eclecticism is a kind of mixed style in the fine arts: “the borrowing of a variety of styles from different sources and combining them” (Hume 1998, 5). Significantly, Eclecticism hardly ever constituted a specific style in art: it is characterized by the fact that it was not a particular style. In general, the term describes the combination in a single work of a variety of influences—mainly of elements from different historical styles in architecture, painting, and the graphic and decorative arts. In music the term used may be either eclecticism or polystylism.

This art does not combine certain types of art, and the term actually describes any combination of different styles, both in visual art, in architecture, and in the field of music. The term is mainly used to describe a combination of styles of art, architecture or classical music, and modern styles, or borrowing or quoting classical elements in modern art genres.

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