Claude Monet, Autumn Effects at ArgenteuilOctober 21, 2018
Claude Monet painted Autumn Effects at Argenteuil in late 1873, which was the moment when the Impressionist movement started to roar on the Paris art scene. The subject is a view of Argenteuil, an expanding industrial centre in the...
Edward Hopper, Soir BleuOctober 14, 2018
Loneliness in the crowd. We’re at a café somewhere in France. Seven people sat at the tables: a powdered prostitute, a clown with white make-up, a military man in epaulettes, a bearded bohemian and a pair of slumming aristocrats...
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Theatre BoxOctober 7, 2018
Entertainments such as cabarets, theatres and the circus were popular themes among the Impressionist painters whose mission was portraying the modern city life. Theatre in Paris was a rapidly expanding industry during the 19th century where it was important to...
Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Joseph RoulinSeptember 30, 2018
Joseph Roulin worked for a post office in the French town of Arles. He didn’t carry letters—he rather was sorting mail at the train station. In 1888, Vincent van Gogh moved to Arles, a fifteen-hour train ride from...
Johannes Vermeer, Woman Reading a LetterSeptember 23, 2018
On the Johannes Vermeer‘s painting, we see a quiet, private moment. In Woman Reading a Letter, a young woman stands engrossed in reading a letter. She looks like she’s pregnant. It is a morning, and she is still wearing...
Paul Gauguin, The Vision after the SermonSeptember 16, 2018
Vision after the Sermon is one of the most important works the artist painted in Brittany. Breton peasants, which Gauguin viewed as exotic, are here plain types treated as flat silhouettes and painted in bright colours and simplified shapes. The painting...
Hey Boy, Hey Girl: Bacchus by CaravaggioSeptember 9, 2018
A youthful Bacchus, god of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy and theatre is reclining in classical fashion with grapes and vine leaves in his hair. On a stone table in front of him, there is a bowl of fruit and a...
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