Artist Stories

Artist Stories

When Art Hurts: The Story of the French Painter Auguste Renoir

The artworks of French painter Auguste Renoir are renowned for their light, conspicuous brushstrokes, as well as their pure beauty. Behind mastery...

Rute Ferreira 31 August 2023

Vincent van Gogh - Self-portrait with bandaged ear (1889, Courtauld Institute) Artist Stories

The Mystery of Vincent van Gogh’s Death

Vincent van Gogh’s death occurred in the early morning of 29 July 1890, in his room at the Auberge Ravoux in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise in...

Zuzanna Stańska 31 August 2023

Artist Stories

Painter’s Biggest Fear: The Blindness of Claude Monet

The eyes of an artist put to the service of art can reveal to us an unspeakable world that is very present around us. But what does this world, this...

Christopher Michaut 31 August 2023

Surrealism

Erna Rosenstein – Surrealist in the Country Where the Movement Didn’t Exist

Erna Rosenstein was born Jewish. This fact weighed on her whole life because Rosenstein’s family lived in Lviv, Ukraine, and to complicate things...

Magda Michalska 25 August 2023

Surrealism

The Surrealistic World of Dora Maar

The name Dora Maar reminds most people of Pablo Picasso. But apart from being his muse and lover, she was first and foremost an ambitious and...

Michel Rutten 25 August 2023

Leonora Carrington, Self-portrait, 1938-1939, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA. Detail. Surrealism

Leonora Carrington and Her Surrealist Life in Her Own Words

Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) is considered one of the greatest but most neglected British Surrealists. Her life story is a fascinating one: she...

Magda Michalska 25 August 2023

Nicholas Roerich, Legend, from the series Messiah. ca. 1923, Christie's. Painting

The Art and Spirituality of Nicholas Roerich

Nicholas Roerich, a prominent member of the early 20th-century art world, was distinguished by his unique artistic style and profound spiritual...

Maya M. Tola 24 August 2023

Ukraine, Modernism, Fedir Krychevsky, Life Triptych: Family, 1927 Ukraine Special

Fedir Krychevsky – Ukrainian Modernist Painter

Fedir Krychevsky lovingly recorded the culture of his homeland and was one of the most influential Modernist Ukrainian painters.

Candy Bedworth 24 August 2023

florian yuriev Ukraine Special

Florian Yuriev – Colorful Portraits-Modus

Florian Yuriev (1929-2021) was a Ukrainian painter, architect, and visionary. His extraordinary, colorful paintings combine music, color, and linear...

Aniela Rybak 24 August 2023

Ukraine Special

Mykola Pymonenko: An Idyllic View of Ukraine

Mykola Pymonenko (1862-1912) was a Ukrainian realist painter. He spent almost his entire life in Kyiv and dedicated his career to painting genre...

Jimena Escoto 24 August 2023

Artist Stories

Taras Shevchenko: Ukrainian Liberty Idol

Taras Shevchenko was an outstanding Ukrainian artist and poet. Born to a peasant family, he became a Ukrainian liberty idol and national artistic...

Kateryna Martynova 24 August 2023

Women Artists

Thérèse Schwartze: The Painter of the Amsterdam’s Elite

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

Europeana 21 August 2023