European Art

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

Literature

Literature in the Pre-Raphaelite Paintings

From its very inception, subjects taken from literature were a staple for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Shakespeare, Keates, and Tennyson were...

Anastasia Manioudaki 3 January 2022

Dance

Long Live Bauhaus: The Triadic Ballet

Bauhaus is widely known for their iconic design and contributions to the art world, their concepts also extended into dance. Not as well known as...

Nadine Waldmann 2 January 2022

Dance

Kyra Nijinsky: Portrait of a Dancer

Kyra Nijinsky was a Russian ballet dancer and the daughter of the famous Vaslav Nijinsky. She was painted by Oswald Birley in 1935 and we are pleased...

Klaudia Zelazowska 2 January 2022

Dance

A Meringue Ballerina: Anna Pavlova in Paintings

Anna Pavlova, a Russian ballerina, was highly independent for her times. She formed her own company and choreographed her own performances. She toured the world for twenty years and introduced ballet to other parts of the world. Pavlova was so famous that she was honored with a dessert named after her, it is called the Pavlova cake!

Anuradha Sroha 2 January 2022

Dance

How Did Paris Fall in Love with Ballets Russes?

Ballets Russes was a ballet company founded by the Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev. No doubt, Ballets Russes made Russian ballet famous all...

Kateryna Martynova 2 January 2022

Art State of Mind

Best Party Posters of the 19th Century

Are you ready for a crazy party tonight? Although lithography was invented in 1798, at first it was too slow and expensive for poster production.

Zuzanna Stańska 31 December 2021

Art Travels

Did You Know That Henri Matisse Went to Morocco?

The first things that come to one’s mind when one thinks of Henri Matisse are France, Fauvism, raw shapes, and colors. But never Morocco! Why not?...

Yahya Bensouda 29 December 2021

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Henri Matisse, Harmony in Red

Sergei Shchukin once said “If a picture gives you a psychological shock, buy it. It’s a good one.” And the Matisse painting I would like to...

Zuzanna Stańska 29 December 2021

Artist Stories

Henri Matisse’s Cut-Outs

Coping with the difficulties of old age and illness in the years following World War II, Matisse nonetheless produced some of the most vibrant and...

Zuzanna Stańska 29 December 2021

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

Suzanne Valadon Barnes Foundation: A white woman lays on a bed wearing a pink camisole and green and white striped pants. She has an unlit cigarette in her mouth and books at her feet. The bed curtains behind her are open and have a blue and white pattern, as does the bed spread. Review

Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel at the Barnes Foundation

In Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, shows how Valadon transitioned from an in-demand model to a...

Lauren Kraut 27 December 2021