Painting

Review

Fernando Botero. Beyond Forms at BAM Mons

Some artists are gateways to art and its history; creators who make an authentic and one-of-a-kind work that is referenced over and over. Fernando...

Tommy Thiange 3 January 2022

Atala. Luis Monroy Josué, Last Moments of Atala, 1871,Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City, Mexico. Literature

Atala: The Tragedy that Transcended Pages

In the 19th century, Europeans went crazy for one story: Atala, or the Story of Two Lovers in the Desert. It is a novel by René de Chateaubriand...

Jimena Escoto 3 January 2022

Literature

When Literature Meets Painting

Have you ever been so in love with a scene from a book that it made you think (perhaps out loud): “Well that would make a perfect painting”? If...

Yahya Bensouda 3 January 2022

Literature

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Spoiler Alert!)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a perfect example of where art and literature intertwine. The novel is based around the story of an...

Nina Relf 3 January 2022

New year’s traditions, New Year’s Eve at Grandfather’s House Art State of Mind

Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New—New Year Traditions Around the World

New Year’s is the last holiday of the old year, the first holiday of the new year and, as such, humans have been marking it for longer than we...

Ledys Chemin 1 January 2022

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. Having been looking at Henri Matisse’s...

Magda Michalska 29 December 2021

Frans Post, View of Olinda, Brazil, 1662, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Baroque

Frans Post, First Landscape Painter of the Americas

Frans Post has gone down in art history as the first trained landscape painter to work in the Americas. In 1636, as a young man of just 24, he...

Nicole Ganbold 27 December 2021

Art State of Mind

The 12 Days of Christmas

In the spirit of the festive season, our gift to you is the 12 days of Christmas retold in artworks. The Twelve Days of Christmas is a carol with...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 22 December 2021

Painting

Faith and Art: The Religious Art of William Hole

I invite you to take a closer look at a great Scottish etcher, muralist, and illustrator, William Hole (1846-1917) whom I discovered by chance when I...

Guest Profile 20 December 2021

European Art

Childhood Memories and Winter Charm by Vladimír Kompánek

Considered by many to be the Slovak Kandinsky, the famous Slovak sculptor and painter Vladimír Kompánek through the reduction of reality into...

Caroline Galambosova 20 December 2021

Artist Stories

Kandinsky’s World of Russian Fairy Tales

155 years ago today, Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow! He is chiefly associated with Der Blaue Reiter, an international group of avant-garde...

Magda Michalska 16 December 2021

Music

This Looks out of Tune? Finding Dissonance in Kandinsky’s Paintings

Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky painted some of the most beautiful pieces of art in a style that is instantly recognizable. The flurry of lines,...

Craig Wakerley 16 December 2021