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Michel Rutten

I believe that art makes us better people and gives us many ways of reflexion on the world of today, past and future. I am amazed and look every time through the eyes of a child. That makes me an art lover and a big admirer of Pablo Picasso. I enjoy visiting art galleries and take at least 40 different looks at the same work of art.  

Stories By Michel Rutten

  • 20th century

    Disney Figures in Art that Make You Think Twice

    By October 25, 2019

    Who doesn’t like Disney characters? They are cute, sweet, and adorable. They also represent an ideal image and simplify our world view. That’s fine in children’s movies, but some artists use Disney characters to portray their...

  • 19th Century

    Last Days of Summer in Art

    By September 21, 2019

    The end of summer is approaching and these last days of sunshine create a kind of melancholy feeling. You probably like to look back on the past few weeks. The summer is a period in which...

  • 20th century

    Moving to Abstraction: Andreas Gursky’s Rhine

    By July 26, 2019

    Andreas Gursky’s Rhine is an interesting piece that tells the transformation of a real-life picture into an abstract work of art. The move towards abstraction in painting has taken a long time ago, but it is...

  • dailyart

    The Surrealistic World of Dora Maar

    By July 9, 2019

    The name Dora Maar (1907 – 1997) reminds most people of Picasso. But as well as being his muse and lover, she was also an ambitious and progressive artist. Before they had even met, she was...

  • 20th century

    It’s Not Always What It Seems: The Fabulous Inventions of Panamarenko

    By June 12, 2019

    Panamarenko steals from science and uses it in his art. He has designed planes and submarines that at first sight are perfectly capable of functioning, but don’t be misled: they are unique works of art that...

  • Contemporary Art. Made in China Contemporary Art. Made in China

    Chinese art

    Contemporary Art. Made in China

    By May 20, 2019

    Chinese art is booming. The country has been experiencing a major economic uplift for more than a decade and you can feel that in the art world too. China has more artists than ever, and they...

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    Wim Delvoye, When Art and Craftsmanship Meet Science and Technology

    By April 26, 2019

    Have you ever seen a pig covered in an oriental carpet, a cement truck with Gothic motives or a silver DNA string with crucifixes? These are the utopian constructions of Wim Delvoye, a Belgian conceptual artist...

  • Elisabeth Peyton, Kanye West, 2010, Private collection © Elisabeth Peyton; Portrait Paintings in Digital Times Elisabeth Peyton, Kanye West, 2010, Private collection © Elisabeth Peyton; Portrait Paintings in Digital Times

    21st century

    10 Portrait Paintings in Digital Times

    By March 28, 2019

    Everyone wants to save and share great moments with friends. That’s why we take loads of pictures with our cameras and especially with our smartphones. Take a look at your own pictures and you will be...

  • 21st century

    East Meets West: The Landscape Paintings of Maki Na Kamura

    By February 8, 2019

    My first encounter with Maki Na Kamura’s art left me perplexed with what exactly the German-based, Japanese artist was intending to show her viewers in her paintings. Although I was confused by the subject matter of...

  • Artists' Stories

    Adriaen Brouwer, Painter of Emotions

    By January 16, 2019

    The work of the Flemish Baroque painter Adriaen Brouwer excels in innovation and daring. His folk scenes, often showing drunkards and smokers in pubs, in which he emphasized the emotions of the portrayed, were extremely rare...

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