European Art

Impressionism

Edgar Degas and His Most Beautiful Ballerinas

Edgar Degas was one of the founders of Impressionism, however, he didn’t like the term and preferred to call it “Realist” or...

Zuzanna Stańska 29 April 2022

Women Artists

Thérèse Schwartze: The Painter of the Amsterdam’s Elite

Thérèse Schwartze (1851–1918) grew up in an artistic family from Amsterdam. Her father Johann Georg Schwartze was a painter and he introduced his...

Europeana 28 April 2022

Johanna Van Gogh-Bonger Artist Stories

Jo van Gogh-Bonger: The Woman Who Made Vincent van Gogh

Everyone knows van Gogh’s Starry Night, or his Sunflowers, or that he cut off his ear. The name of Vincent van Gogh is now a household name,...

Ledys Chemin 28 April 2022

Women Artists

Artemisia Gentileschi: The Rape Survivor and Her Revenge

Artemisia Gentileschi was one of the best Italian Baroque painters. This strong woman painted plenty of paintings of strong and suffering women from...

Zuzanna Stańska 28 April 2022

WTF Art History

How Would Superheroes Have Looked Like in the 17th Century?

The 17th century was a beautiful time full of people wearing ruffs. Huge, remarkable ruffs. Those ruffs stayed in my memory, like in Peter Paul...

Zuzanna Stańska 28 April 2022

Expressionism

David Bowie: From Popstar to Neo-Expressionist Painter

Most people know David Bowie as a pop star and performer, but do you know his secret talent? He embraced the fine arts as well as music, and...

Michel Rutten 28 April 2022

Flowers in art: Claude Monet, Tulip field in Holland, 1886, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France Painting

Viva Floralia! All Flowers in Art

The Floralia festival was celebrated every spring in Ancient Rome in honor of the goddess Flora. Because there is nothing more beautiful than flowers...

Andra Patricia Ritisan 27 April 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Vase with Flowers by Rachel Ruysch

Let’s discuss one of the greatest still-life artists: Rachel Ruysch. Still-life paintings do not draw the crowds at museums. They are often...

James W Singer 27 April 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Reclining Mother and Child II by Paula Modersohn-Becker

Does any image say primal love more than this powerful painting by Paula Modersohn-Becker? It is an artwork that includes not just children but also...

Candy Bedworth 26 April 2022

Animals

The World of Animals Created by Hans Hoffmann

Hans Hoffmann was a 16th-century German painter and draftsman. He was an artist in the court of Rudolph II (the one who loved arts and was probably...

Zuzanna Stańska 25 April 2022

Carl Gustav Carus, Woman on the Balcony, 1824, oil on canvas, Galerie Neue Meister, Dresden, Germany. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Woman on the Balcony by Carl Gustav Carus

Woman on the Balcony is an intimate portrait of a person lost in thought. There is no action and no obvious story to interpret. However, its quiet...

James W Singer 25 April 2022

Artist Stories

Let’s Ride a Tiger! Escape into the Tropics with Henri Rousseau

Let’s ride a tiger! Definitely not! We should never try to ride a tiger, and Rousseau does not suggest it either! It would be horrible...

Sarah Mills 25 April 2022