European Art

Bizarre

Chilling Beauty: Exploring Europe’s Bone Churches

From the ancient period through the 18th century, European Catholics and Orthodox Christians displayed and maintained bones of the deceased to honor...

Julia Bourbois 30 October 2023

Baroque

Nine Reasons to Smile with Frans Hals’ Portraits

Frans Hals (c. 1582–1666) was one of the Dutch Golden Age painters. Born in Antwerp, he spent his entire adult life in Haarlem. Hals is most famous...

Joanna Kaszubowska 30 October 2023

Theater & Cinema

The Scary Dr. Caligari: German Expressionism and Horror Movies

Expressionism is a movement with many branches. It inspired various artists and each one of them embraced it differently. Above all, it encouraged...

Errika Gerakiti 30 October 2023

niki de saint phalle Women Artists

Niki de Saint Phalle and the Nana Statues

We all have seen somewhere these voluminous, beautifully dressed, and dancing sculptures. They are called Nanas, and they were made by a...

Wendy Gray 29 October 2023

Artist Stories

Whistler vs. Ruskin: How to Fling a Pot of Paint and Win a Trial

After paying a visit to the newly inaugurated Grosvenor Gallery in London, John Ruskin wrote a stinging review of the modernist exhibition. The...

Ruxi Rusu 28 October 2023

Artist Stories

Joanna Hiffernan: Artist, Model and Whistler’s Muse

Joanna Hiffernan and James Abbott McNeill Whistler met in London in 1861. He instantly fell in love with her striking red hair and outspoken...

Louisa Mahoney 28 October 2023

Contemporary Art

Indulge in Juicy! A New Exhibition by Florence Houston

Taking place at J/M Gallery, London, Florence Houston‘s upcoming exhibition Juicy! (1-7 November 2023) showcases delectable still lifes.

Isla Phillips-Ewen 26 October 2023

Artist Stories

What Inspired Kandinsky? Nature, Spirituality and Other Artists

Wassily Kandinsky – a lawyer turned painter, a painter turned lecturer, a green-fingered man for whom a house with a garden was a curse (as he...

Magda Michalska 26 October 2023

Painting

All Faces of František Kupka

From Symbolism, through Fauvism, Futurism, and Abstraction, František Kupka is a great example of an artist whose works reflect changes that...

Magda Michalska 26 October 2023

Painting

Theosophy and Art: There Is No Religion Higher Than Truth

 “There is no religion higher than truth”, reads the motto of the American Theosophical Society, functioning since its foundation in New...

Magda Michalska 26 October 2023

Romanticism

Philipp Otto Runge: The Seer of the Mysteries of God

Philipp Otto Runge died of consumption at the same age as Christ, which to those who believe in signs might be crucial since Runge was a mystic who...

Magda Michalska 26 October 2023

Joaquín Sorolla, Playing at the Beach, 1915, private collection. Wikimedia Commons (public domain). Detail. Artist Stories

Joaquín Sorolla: The Luminosity of the Mediterranean

If you love summer light, long vacation days, walking on the beach, and lying on the sand with a good book in your hand, these paintings by Joaquín...

Andra Patricia Ritisan 23 October 2023