Art Noveau: Gustav Klimt’s Golden Women

Austrian painter Gustav Klimt lived and worked in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a symbolist and a member of the Vienna Secession movement, his artwork moved away from the more historical, naturalist art of the preceding years.

He is best known for painting pictures of women. Some of his better known works, like “The Kiss” and “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer,” both created around 1907, stem from what is sometimes referred to as his golden period. During this time, he often used gold leaf in his paintings, which makes them shine and shimmer.

“Adele Bloch-Bauer” shows a » Read more…

The Works Of Auguste Rodin, Father Of Modern Sculpture

Auguste Rodin is seen by many in the art world as founding modern sculpture. He is responsible for several famous and iconic sculptures that are displayed in famous museums all over the world.

“The Kiss” is arguably the most famous sculpture of Rodin’s. It is a sculpture of a couple embracing. The inspiration for this sculpture was the relationship mentioned in Dante’s Inferno. The woman in the sculpture is Francesca da Ramini, and the man is » Read more…

Who Was The Girl With A Pearl Earring?

The enigmatic “Girl with A Pearl Earring” by the equally enigmatic Johannes Vermeer, has intrigued both gallery patrons and art historians alike for centuries. Known as the “Mona Lisa of the North”, the oil-on-canvas is currently on display at the de Young Gallery in San Francisco, the first stop on its American tour. The painting is on loan while its home, The Mauritshuis in the Hague, undergoes renovations. Probably one of the art world’s most intriguing pieces, both the painting and its fictional backstory are the subjects of Tracy Chevalier’s historical novel, “Girl With A Pearl Earring” published in 1999 » Read more…

The Subtle Art of Collecting Art

Anyone wealthy enough can adorn their abode with the most expensive and pretentious art around, but that’s not really art collecting. Sure, it’s “art collecting” in the most surgical sense of the word, but it’s more like accumulating possessions that ultimately possess the possessor.

Real art collecting comes from the heart and the collection itself is defined by the collector. If you want to be a real art collector, you don’t need some crazy salary or family fortune (although these are all things that can help) you just need to be you and here’s what you do:

1.) Before you even get the check book, you need to do some preparation around the house. By that, I mean you need to make sure your home insurance policy is modified with the collection in mind. Sites and services like a home insurance calculator can further elaborate on this.

2.) Do a little bit of soul searching and find out who you are and what you like. There is good art that is wildly celebrated by the general consensus and art that only you can love. You know what you like so get the art that appeals to you – that defines you. Don’t follow trends.

3.) Silent auctions are pretty great stereotypes for art collecting, but you can find art almost anywhere. Folk festivals, university galleries, garage sales, even storage auctions – don’t be afraid to venture outside of your comfort zone. You might discover something truly special.

Da Vinci, Michelangelo And Rafael: Trinity Of The Renaissance

There are few names in the world of art history that command as much attention as that of Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rafael. As Renaissance artists, each man became the epitome of the title Renaissance Man. Leonardo Da Vinci is hailed as possibly being one of the most brilliant men to have ever lived, and his art work is only one of the aspects of this great man. The ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘The Last Supper’ are two of the most recognizable pieces of art » Read more…

The Tragedy And Genius Of Vincent Van Gogh

Few painters could ever compare to the works of the great Vincent Van Gogh. Society referred to him as a genius for his post-Impressionist works. He was born in 1853 and tragically died in 1890. At the age of 37, his life was cut short by a gun shot wound.

Though Vincent was a genius, he was also known to have severe mental illness and also spend much of his life in turmoil. He began drawing as a child, but did not decide to become an artist until » Read more…

Mary Cassatt: Paintings From A Woman’s World

Mary Cassatt was a formidable painter in her day; considering women artists were typically not well represented during that time in history. It was acceptable for women artists to paint the domestic life that women were expected to live. However, Cassatt bucked this convention by focusing on the social and private lives of women, emphasizing the unique bond between mother and child. Her famous painting, “The Child’s Bath” depicts a mother’s love and care of her child’s health.
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John Williams Waterhouse And Pre-Raphaelite Art

The Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood was a group of artists formed in England in 1848. These artists hoped to restore the artistic formula and practices that characterized Italian art before Raphael.

John William Waterhouse painted in the Pre-Raphaelite method even though the Pre-Raphaelites had separated decades before. John William Waterhouse was called the Modern Pre-Raphaelite.

Waterhouse was also swayed by the Impressionists who were contemporaneous with him. The Impressionists were French artists circa 1870 who painted the » Read more…

Behind The Canvas: The Mystery Of The Mona Lisa

Behind the Canvas:The Mystery Of The Mona Lisa

After viewing the famous painting of the Mona Lisa, a bewildering question comes to mind. What is behind that smile? Believe it or not this has been the subject of many a debate. This haunting smile even drove a man to suicide. The French artist, Luc Maspero jumped from the fourth floor to his death in Paris. He left a suicide note explaining he had been tortured for years trying to understand the intrigue behind that smile.

Art experts agree that Da Vinci had a » Read more…