Magda Michalska

Magda, art historian and Italianist, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Weiwei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.

Articles by Magda

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: A Burial at Ornans by Gustave Courbet

Who nowadays doesn’t appreciate Gustave Courbet‘s striking realism? We all do, but as happens with many geniuses, Courbet was not appreciated by...

Magda Michalska 17 July 2024

Painting

Klimt’s Unknown Portraits You Would Never Guess Were His

Some of Klimt’s portraits have already gained “iconic” status, one of them being his soaked in the gold portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Yet,...

Magda Michalska 12 July 2024

Sculpture

Niki de Saint Phalle – An Extraordinary Sculptress

Niki de Saint Phalle was a French-American artist and the only woman within the Nouveau Réalisme group that included Arman, Christo, Yves Klein,...

Magda Michalska 10 July 2024

Photography

David Hockney and the Camera: A Composite Polaroid Reality

Sometime before 1982, David Hockney remarked, “Photography is all right if you don’t mind looking at the world from the point of view of a...

Magda Michalska 9 July 2024

Art History 101

Orientalism – Quick Explanation

19th-century Europeans were fascinated by the Near East and North Africa. Everything began roughly around the time of the Napoleonic invasion of...

Magda Michalska 3 July 2024

Art State of Mind

All by Myself: Loneliness in Art

Shout out to all those lonely souls who at night hold on tight to hot water bottles (or any bottles), teddy bears, or pillows. Let’s dwell...

Magda Michalska 1 July 2024

Expressionism

The Amazing Midnight Sun in Paintings: Edvard Munch’s Summer Nights

Edvard Munch was fascinated by the Norwegian summer light which evokes both tranquillity and anxiety, two feelings that Munch tried to capture in his...

Magda Michalska 24 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

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

Artist Stories

Suzanne Valadon: Artist (and Muse) of Montmartre

Suzanne Valadon began her artistic journey as a model, unable to afford professional painting classes. Observing and learning from the renowned...

Magda Michalska 12 June 2024