Artist Stories

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

Frans Post, View of Olinda, Brazil, 1662, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Baroque

Frans Post, First Landscape Painter of the Americas

Frans Post has gone down in art history as the first trained landscape painter to work in the Americas. In 1636, as a young man of just 24, he...

Nicole Ganbold 27 December 2021

Artist Stories

Kandinsky’s Inspiration? Nature, Spirituality and Other Artists

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

Magda Michalska 16 December 2021

Artist Stories

Kandinsky’s World of Russian Fairy Tales

155 years ago today, Wassily Kandinsky was born in Moscow! He is chiefly associated with Der Blaue Reiter, an international group of avant-garde...

Magda Michalska 16 December 2021

Women Artists

Lady in Blue: Yelizaveta Martynova, Ill-Fated Russian Female Artist

Can you name some female artists, and from Russia in particular? It’s difficult even for those who are really into art. This article tells the...

Guest Profile 10 December 2021

Women Artists

Zinaida Serebriakova, First Famous Female Russian Artist

Zinaida Serebriakova (1884–1967) is mostly known for her painting At the Dressing-Table (Self-Portrait). The artist, looking from the...

Elizaveta Ermakova 10 December 2021

julian stanczak Artist Stories

Julian Stanczak and His Abstract Life

You may think that experiences such as forced labor in Siberia, losing the nerves in his dominant arm, or ending up in a refugee camp would have...

Magda Michalska 3 December 2021

Marsden Hartley, Canuck Yankee Lumberjack at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, 1940, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA. Detail. North American Art

Marsden Hartley: An Overlooked Modernist

Marsden Hartley was a ground-breaking modernist, ostracized from the art world at the height of his career. Today he remains sidelined as a...

Louisa Mahoney 18 November 2021

European Art

Sir William Orpen: The Official Artist of the First World War

Initially known for society portraits, Sir William Orpen (the knighthood came after the end of the war) became an official artist of the First World...

Wendy Gray 11 November 2021

Photography

A Unique Artist Encounter: When Ara Güler Met Pablo Picasso

Whether photography is purely art or a branch of journalism can be a subject of discussion. For photographer Ara Güler, the artistic quality of his...

Merve Parla 16 September 2021

Artist Stories

Living in the Shadow – Marie and Peder Severin Krøyer

Marie and Peder Severin Krøyer were a 19th and early 20th century couple, and, while their marriage and lives were far from ideal, history has...

Pola Otterstein 8 September 2021

Erotica

Scandalous World of Hans Bellmer: Dolls, Ropes, and Erotic Photography

“I am human, and I think nothing human is alien to me”, said Terence, Roman playwright sometime in the 2nd century BCE. I think that art...

Magda Michalska 18 August 2021