Painting of the Week: Gustave Courbet, Woman with a ParrotFebruary 10, 2019
Gustav Courbet, the enfant terrible of French 19th-century art, did everything he could to save himself in the memory of the contemporary art critics. After the success of Cabanel’s Birth of Venus at the Salon of 1863, Courbet wanted to...
Painting of the Week: Edouard Manet, The RailwayFebruary 3, 2019
In 1873 when this painting was created by the realist master Édouard Manet, the Gare Saint–Lazare was the largest and busiest train station in Paris. But here it is rather invisible. The main subject of the piece is the...
Observation As An Act Of Creation: The Art of LookingJuly 12, 2018
Observation as an act of creation — whenever you look, you’re painting a perception: Realizing that we are painters of our impressions is as empowering as liberating — and, like in every art form, there’s a way to...
Klimt’s Unknown Portraits You’d Never Guess Were HisMay 18, 2018
Some of Klimt’s portraits have already gained the status of ‘iconic’, for example his portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer soaked in gold. Yet, before Klimt became the head of the Secession movement in Vienna in 1897, he painted in...
Still lifes Too Vivid To Be Real- Imagined Realism in Luigi Lucioni’s ArtApril 20, 2018
For some people, realism is defined by painting what they see. For Luigi Lucioni, it meant painting what he thought was there. Luigi Lucioni’s art was an imagined realism, a reflection of his own perception of reality that...
What Art Has To Do With Politics: Gustave Courbet And The Paris CommuneApril 16, 2018
The painter Gustave Courbet who was the central figure of Realism, is known for his paintings in which he reveals the true lives of peasants and ordinary workers, at a time when the most well-accepted portraits were those...
George Tooker: A Purveyor of Modern Alienation and DespairMarch 15, 2018
When the American figurative painter, George Tooker died in 2011, The New York Times said of his 1956 painting, Government Bureau, “was inspired by his maddening encounter with the New York City Building Department. Most people who waste...
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