Art Forms

Artist Stories

A Party with the Young British Artists (BYOB, We Provide Only Formaldehyde)

The acronym YBA (meaning Young British Artists) is probably my third favorite after BYOB and ASAP (I like NASA, too). Have you come across it? It was...

Magda Michalska 30 April 2023

Dance

Kyra Nijinsky: Portrait of a Dancer

Kyra Nijinsky was a Russian ballet dancer and the daughter of the famous Vaslav Nijinsky. She was painted by Oswald Birley in 1935 and we are pleased...

Klaudia Zelazowska 29 April 2023

Women Artists

Gerda Wegener: Art Deco Feminist

Today Gerda Wegener is best known for feminist art and portrayal of lesbianism. She was also married to Einar Wegener, who after the sex reassignment...

Kelly Hill 28 April 2023

Fashion

What Was It Like in the Roaring Twenties in Art and Fashion?

The Roaring Twenties was a period when many things changed – both socially and politically. The dramatic economic growth of the decade led many...

Pola Otterstein 28 April 2023

Malevich standing most probably in the Museum of Artistic Culture, Petrograd, 1924. Artist Stories

Everything You Must Know About Suprematism and Kazimir Malevich

This post will be tough because abstraction is tough. And so is often modern art. In this article, I will try to explain a radical Russian...

Zuzanna Stańska 24 April 2023

Suzanne de Court. Suzanne de Court, Oval Plaque with the Annunciation, c. 1600, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD, USA. Women Artists

Suzanne de Court’s Enamel Masterpieces

Suzanne de Court was a French artist who was active at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. She focused on the production of enamel pieces with...

Jimena Escoto 24 April 2023

Masterpiece Stories

Hieronymus Bosch and His Fascinating World: The Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights remains a mystery to this day. The most respected experts in late gothic iconography...

Marta Loza 20 April 2023

Asian Art

Qi Baishi, China’s Master of the Ordinary in an Extraordinary Way

Qi Baishi is probably not someone you expect to become one of the highest-valued artists in the world, right next to Andy Warhol and Picasso, but he...

Barry Russell 20 April 2023

Architecture

Jali in Mughal Architecture, the Most Delicate Stone Curtains

The jali, or pierced screens, have been extensively employed in Indian construction since time immemorial. They appear in both Hindu and Islamic...

Maya M. Tola 18 April 2023

Museum Stories

Vase of Flowers: The WWII Theft of a Dutch Still Life

What happens to artworks and cultural treasures as a nation prepares for war? In the case of Jan van Huysum’s Vase of Flowers, the Dutch still...

Natalia Iacobelli 17 April 2023

Painting

The Countryside in Art: from Idyllic Scenes to Social Issues

Pure life in harmony with nature or hardship and poverty? Let’s take a look at various representations of the countryside in art. A Peaceful...

Europeana 17 April 2023

Bizarre

Trompe L’oeil: How Artists Deceived Our Eyes Throughout the Ages

Without knowing, you have more than likely seen an example or two of trompe l’oeil in art. It is a term that encompasses many art forms in its...

Rachel Witte 13 April 2023