European Art

Fauvism

Circus and Jazz of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French artist famous for his use of color. The Circus (below) is a color stencil piece from Matisse’s book...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 30 April 2022

Music

Tormented Lovers, Sumptuous Players – Guitarists in Art

Musical instruments have always had a particular significance in paintings. Throughout the history of depicting music-making in art, the iconography...

Alina Manevskaya 30 April 2022

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

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

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

Women Artists

Joan Eardley: Scottish Passion for People and Places

Her career lasted barely 20 years, but Joan Eardley left behind a huge cache of monumental seascapes and poignant portraits which are loved across...

Candy Bedworth 25 April 2022

Animals

7 Images of Dürer’s Animals That Are Better Than Trip to a Zoo

Albrecht Dürer’s keen interest in nature was a typical manifestation of the Renaissance. Animals were not generally considered to be...

Zuzanna Stańska 25 April 2022

tenebrism: Gerard van Honthorst, The Procuress, 1625, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Art History 101

Tenebrism 101: All You Need to Know

The Baroque movement, which characterizes much of the European art of the 17th century, is known for its dramatic flair. Gods, demigods, and saints...

Anastasia Manioudaki 24 April 2022

Art History 101

Caravaggisti: Fans, Epigons, Masters?

Caravaggio made an impact on painting even in his lifetime. This was probably because he acted in defiance of all the norms of the Catholic Church...

Magda Michalska 24 April 2022