WTF Art History

Cats

Maneki Neko – Those Lucky Cats (NSFW)

We've all seen those jovial, happy cat figurines in Asian restaurants and shops. Sitting upright with their raised paw, smiling face, and trademark...

Nadine Waldmann 7 August 2020

Cats

The Sacred Cats of Ancient Egypt

The Ancient Egyptians revered cats of all kinds and honoured them in their art. From servals to the mighty lion, cats were seen as powerful forces...

Sarah Mills 5 August 2020

Cats

Can You Spot the Cat? Cats Hidden in Famous Paintings

I like cats and I'm sure that many of you do too. A fascinating animal, the cat has earned itself an important place in culture, literature, and art.

Marina Kochetkova 4 August 2020

Literature

Enchanting World of the Russian Tale: Seven Disney Characters in Russian Art

All of us watched Disney cartoons in our childhood and many people re-watch them even into adulthood. However, the original plots appeared in early...

Kateryna Martynova 3 August 2020

Cats

Tsuguharu Foujita: The Cat Master

While there are many artists who can be called cat-lovers, only one can be called the master of cats. Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita was a...

Zuzanna Stańska 3 August 2020

Love Story

Lise Tréhot. The Mysterious Beauty from Renoir’s Paintings

Born into a humble French family, Lise Tréhot (1848–1922) was an artist's model who posed exclusively for Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919).

Anuradha Sroha 2 August 2020

WTF Art History

5 Impressionist Gossips Which Will Make You Feel They Staged a Soap Opera

I know, it is a bit rude to discuss private lives of people. But when it comes to the Impressionists, knowing their relationships, connections,...

Zuzanna Stańska 31 July 2020

WTF Art History

5 Artists Who Likely Suffered From Syphilis

Also known as the French disease or great pox, syphilis was a common sexually transmitted disease in Europe in the 1800s. In fact, 10-15% of...

Kelly Hill 31 July 2020

Bizarre

Punk in Art: Steampunk, Dieselpunk, and Cyberpunk

There are many artistic styles and genres not recognized by the official art world. In some cases, the artists of a certain genre struggle for...

Errika Gerakiti 28 July 2020

Art History 101

Artists and Paintings. Everything You Need to Know About Impressionism

Impressionism has become one of the most significant movements of modern art. The names of Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, or Edgar Degas are...

Nataliia Pecherska 27 July 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Henri Rousseau, The Football Players

Welcome to the bizarre world of Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), the quintessential naïve artist, and meet his oneiric, striped football...

Anastasia Manioudaki 26 July 2020

Ancient Greece

Timeless Beauty: Ancient Greek Athletes in Art

The idea of timeless beauty is fascinating. Also, it's a great concern for lovers of art history. Conceptions of beauty in Western art history have...

Isla Phillips 25 July 2020