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French Masters: Henri Matisse

Fauvism

Henri Matisse in 10 Paintings

A renowned artist, Henri Matisse was one of the most prominent figures of the avant-garde movement. He is widely considered the father of Fauvism.

Valeria Kumekina 19 June 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Harmony in Red by Henri Matisse

Sergei Shchukin once said “If a picture gives you a psychological shock, buy it. It’s a good one.” And the Matisse painting I would like to...

Zuzanna Stańska 19 June 2024

Art Travels

Travel in the Footsteps of Henri Matisse in Morocco

Until the advent of mass tourism, North Africa’s jewel, Morocco remained a relatively unknown world of sultans, spices and sparse deserts. A number...

Charlotte Stace 19 June 2024

Fauvism

Why Was Matisse Obsessed with Goldfish?

Goldfish here, goldfish there—in a bowl, in a tank, on a table, by the window—goldfish everywhere. As I delved into Henri Matisse’s work, I...

Magda Michalska 19 June 2024

Fauvism

Circus and Jazz of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a renowned French artist celebrated for his bold use of color. One of his lesser-known masterpieces, The Circus, is a...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 19 June 2024

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Long-Lost Artemisia Gentileschi Painting Emerges After Centuries in Storage

A painting by Artemisia Gentileschi has been re-discovered by curators at the Royal Collection Trust after being misattributed for almost two...

Natalia Iacobelli 18 June 2024

History

10 Most Important Masterpieces Lost During World War II

Art theft and looting occurred on a massive scale during World War II. It all started with Adolf Hitler’s unsuccessful career as an artist. He was...

Zuzanna Stańska 18 June 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Lost Masterpieces: Leda and the Swan by Michelangelo

Throughout art history, numerous works have been lost, leaving only the stories as a testimony to their greatness. Among these lost treasures is...

Javier Abel Miguel 18 June 2024

History

The Story of Raphael’s Lost Portrait of a Young Man

Have you ever seen this painting? It is currently missing; in fact, it has been missing since 1945. Let’s explore the story of one of the most...

Zuzanna Stańska 18 June 2024

Renaissance

The Lost Portrait of Henry VIII: Art in Service of Power

Posing proudly in front of the fascinated spectator, a monarch fixes us with his majestic gaze. Perhaps you recognized the best-known portrait of...

Montaine Dumont 18 June 2024

Artist Stories

Giovanni Segantini: The Tragic Life of a Mountain Lover

Giovanni Segantini was an Italian painter with a deep love for mountains and snow. His stunning landscapes capture the serene beauty and majesty of...

Magda Michalska 17 June 2024

Painting

The Saddest Paintings in Art History

Of the broad spectrum of human emotions, sadness is the one that has been a common underlying element of many famous artworks to date. The...

Sam Malone 17 June 2024

Anguish August Friedrich Schenck Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Anguish by August Friedrich Schenck

Surrounded by menacing crows, a mother sheep wails in anguish as her lifeless young lamb rests on a snowy bed. This scene, painted by August...

Montaine Dumont 17 June 2024

Love Story

Unhappily Ever After: Unequal Marriage by Vasili Pukirev

Vasili Pukirev’s painting, Unequal Marriage, has a legend surrounding it. Allegedly, after looking at it all the elderly grooms refused to marry...

Elizaveta Ermakova 17 June 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Death of Barbara Radziwiłł by Józef Simmler

The National Museum in Warsaw is one of the largest museums in Poland and boasts an extensive art collection. Among its body of works is The Death of...

James W Singer 17 June 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Ognissanti Madonna by Giotto

Giotto di Bondone is known as the artist who, in the 13th century, began to paint in a way that led art history to the Renaissance. This Florentine...

Zuzanna Stańska 16 June 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Madonna and Child with Two Angels by Fra Filippo Lippi

On the surface, Fra Filippo Lippi’s Madonna and Child with Two Angels appears to be another typical Renaissance painting of the Virgin Mary and the...

James W Singer 16 June 2024

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Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Madonna with the Long Neck by Parmigianino

Parmigianino’s Madonna with the Long Neck is a masterpiece of Italian Mannerism that presents an unusual interpretation of traditional depictions...

James W Singer 16 June 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Madonna by Edvard Munch

The Norwegian painter Edvard Munch realized the colored lithograph Madonna in 1895. He is considered the precursor of Expressionism, therefore his...

Maia Heguiaphal 16 June 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Madonna of Port Lligat by Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí’s The Madonna of Port Lligat is an image of Mary holding baby Jesus in her lap. Seems simple, but it has layers upon layers of...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 16 June 2024

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QUIZ: Can You Guess This Ancient God?

Ania Kaczynska 15 June 2024

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QUIZ: Do You Know These Renaissance Facts?

Rachel Witte 15 June 2024

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QUIZ: Guess the Greek Myth

Anastasia Manioudaki 15 June 2024

Art Nouveau

QUIZ: The Swirling World of Art Nouveau! How Much Do You Know About It?

Szymon Jocek 15 June 2024

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QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Picasso?

Ruxi Rusu 15 June 2024

Johannes Vermeer, Brieflesendes Mädchen am offenen Fenster, um 1657-59 Zustand nach der Restaurierung © Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Wolfgang Kreische Baroque

The Mysterious Cupid in Johannes Vermeer’s Paintings

Johannes Vermeer is one of European art’s most loved and mysterious painters. Moderately known during his lifetime, completely forgotten after...

Zuzanna Stańska, Sophie Pell 14 June 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: An Allegory with Venus and Cupid by Agnolo Bronzino

An Allegory with Venus and Cupid by Agnolo Bronzino from the National Gallery in London is one of the most mysterious masterpieces of Mannerism. It...

Joanna Kaszubowska 14 June 2024

Sculpture

Cupid and Psyche: Love Story Through Sculpture

Cupid and Psyche, mythological characters immortalized in Metamorphoses by Apuleius, have been inspiring artists through the centuries. Sculptors...

Valeria Kumekina 14 June 2024

Art History 101

5 Things You Need to Know About Cupid

Cupid is the ancient Roman god of love and the counterpart to the Greek god Eros. It’s him who inspires us to fall in love, write love songs...

Valeria Kumekina 14 June 2024