WTF Art History

Surrealism

14 Weirdest Paintings of René Magritte

I love to watch people looking at his art for the first time. René Magritte’s art became well-known for a number of witty and...

Zuzanna Stańska 11 February 2022

WTF Art History

Hitler’s Four Least Favorite Degenerate Artists

As a person who considered himself an artist, Hitler was very sensitive to aesthetics. He hated people who did not fit into his imagined world of...

Magda Michalska 10 February 2022

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Owls, Peacocks and Sparrows: Birds in Art

The idea of birds in art probably brings to mind John James Audubon, the 19th-century ornithologist who wrote and illustrated the landmark series The...

Alexandra Kiely 8 February 2022

Art State of Mind

Wind and Fun: Kites in Art

So far we’ve had balloons and celestial bodies as part of this series. Now we move to kites as our flying objects in art, but where do we...

Sarah Mills 8 February 2022

Art State of Mind

From Toys to Means of Transport: Balloons in Art

When we think of flying objects in art we might not put balloons at the top of our list, and yet they appear everywhere. As the words from Jethro...

Sarah Mills 8 February 2022

Artifacts. Fascinating Facts about Art, Artists, and the Art World. Phaidon Review

Book Review: ARTIFACTS – Fascinating Facts About Art, Artists, and the Art World

Technically, artworks should stand on their own but let’s be honest; we’re all just human. A good anecdote or a quirky detail about the...

Joanna Kaszubowska 7 February 2022

Love Story

You’ve Got Mail! Read the Personal Letters of Great Artists

Do you ever look at a work of art and wonder, how does the person behind it think? We always want to feel closer to the artists we admire. That is...

Elizaveta Ermakova 7 February 2022

Erotica

Male Nudes to Celebrate Men’s Health

Campaigning for raising awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, men’s depression, and suicide is important. Today we are showing...

Magda Michalska 4 February 2022

Carmen Lomas Garza, La Curandera, 1989, The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, ©Carmen Lomas Garza - The Art of Being Sick Art State of Mind

The Art of Being Sick

As much as we wish otherwise, the pandemic is not over yet. The Omicron variant cast a long shadow on our hopes of going back to normal. So instead...

Joanna Kaszubowska 4 February 2022

Boobs Art History WTF Art History

Breast Cancer Awareness: The Best Boobs in Art History

Big ones, small ones, round ones, flat ones, pointy ones, pendulous ones, young ones or old ones, we love them all! Boobs are important and have been...

Sarah Mills 4 February 2022

Erotica

Erotic Art in Pompeii and Herculaneum (NSFW!)

Erotic art in Pompeii and Herculaneum is a phenomenon often omitted from textbooks about ancient history. These famous Roman cities destroyed by the...

Zuzanna Stańska 2 February 2022

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Chinese New Year – The Art of Celebration

Imagine a household celebrating the Chinese New Year where children share a home and joyfully play together. They have different kinds of toys to...

Marina Kochetkova 1 February 2022