Patterns have a rich history in art. From ancient times, in Islamic art and architecture, patterns have always played an important role as a form of decoration, repetition and rhythm.
In 20th-century art, there were artists who fully embraced this technique, such as Art Nouveau, who incorporated natural forms from nature into their art forms and repeated them endlessly into stylized, intricate patterns. Many contemporary artists still use this style in their art, even though today it is mostly associated with design. However, there are also artists who are vehemently against the use of patterns. Think minimalist or conceptual art. Yet you sometimes also find repetitive forms there. So you see that good form likes to be repeated. Can't get enough of stripes, stars, or dots? Below you see a selection of artworks with patterns from our SBK collection. All these works of art are available for loan and sale.