Surrealism

Surrealism

Gradiva: What Did Freud and the Surrealists See in Her?

A woman who walks. That's what Gradiva (the name of an anonymous woman from an antique bas-relief) means, as given by a fictional character from a...

Magda Michalska 27 April 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Salvador Dalí, Madonna of Port Lligat

Salvador Dalí's The Madonna of Port Lligat depicts an image of Mary holding baby Jesus in her lap. However it has layers upon layers of meaning. For...

Isla Phillips 12 April 2020

Love Story

René Magritte: Lovers in Separation

Now, while we are all being asked to practice social distancing, you have probably been bombarded with the paintings of lovers by René Magritte.

Zuzanna Stańska 30 March 2020

Erotica

The Many Rebirths of Venus

Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus is iconic in western art. Alongside the Mona Lisa, it is probably a contender for "most famous painting."...

Isla Phillips 20 February 2020

Fashion

Christian Dior and Surrealist Women Artists

Since the entrance of feminism into public debate in recent years, it has influenced many aspects of our culture. One of these is fashion. Many...

Errika Gerakiti 12 February 2020

Art State of Mind

The Anti-Painting of Joan Miró

Joan Miró is an artist very difficult to categorize. In general, he is considered to be a surrealist. However, his works show a great diversity that...

Errika Gerakiti 28 September 2019

Erotica

Venus Vincit Omnia. Venus in Art

Venus (also known by her Greek name Aphrodite) is the Goddess of Love. We've explored some famous Venus' here. Next, Velázquez's portrait put her...

Isla Phillips 9 September 2019

Women Artists

The Surrealistic World of Dora Maar

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...

Michel Rutten 9 July 2019

Women Artists

Erna Rosenstein. Surrealist in the Country Where Surrealism Didn’t Exist

Erna was born a Jew. This fact weighed on her whole life because Erna's family lived in Lviv, Ukraine and to complicate things even more, she turned...

Magda Michalska 31 May 2019

Art of the Spanish Civil War: Political Propaganda and the Modernist Avant-Garde

April 1, 1939 marked not only the end of the Spanish Civil War but also the fall of the Second Spanish Republic. The victory of General Francisco...

Kacper Grass 1 April 2019

Women Artists

Lee Miller – Photographing the Extremes

Lee Miller (1907-1977) was a model, a fashion photographer, a war photographer, a muse and a gourmet cook. She lived the life to the fullest with all...

Joanna Kaszubowska 12 March 2019

Photography

Carnivalesque Man Ray and His Masks

Since the carnival is officially on, I thought of writing an article about masks. The first artist that comes to mind if one says ‘masks’...

Magda Michalska 29 January 2019