WTF Art History

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, The Swing

Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806) was the most prolific French painter of the 18th century. He created over 550 paintings embodying the spirit of...

James W Singer 29 September 2019

Art State of Mind

The Anti-Painting of Joan Miró

Joan Miró is an artist very difficult to categorize. In general, he is considered to be a surrealist. However, his works show a great diversity that...

Errika Gerakiti 28 September 2019

Contemporary Art

Damien Hirst’s Butterflies- from Tea-trays to Mandalas

Damien Hirst - a prominent Young British Artist (YBAs) and now a billionaire - creates sculptures, paintings and drawings. In all of these forms his...

Isla Phillips 24 September 2019

Art State of Mind

Passing Time with Klee: Demonstrating Temporality in Visual Art

Paul Klee was a “musical” painter, not least because he chose the violin and bow before brush and easel. Klee’s father was a music teacher...

Craig Wakerley 19 September 2019

South American Art

The Largest Mural on Earth

Early Fall, for students around the world, means one thing: back to school, back to writing papers, and exam preparations. For students of the...

Alicja Gluszek 16 September 2019

Lakshmi in Art. The Goddess of Wealth

Lakshmi is a prominent Hindu deity who is also revered by Buddhists and Jains. Her eminent position in the Hindu pantheon emanates not only from...

Maya Tola 12 September 2019

Artist Stories

The Dystopian Surrealism of Zdzislaw Beksinski

There are many fans of gruesome and gore art who are attracted to the dystopian surrealism of Zdzisław Beksiński. After all, he created such a...

Errika Gerakiti 11 September 2019

Artist Stories

Getting Your Teeth into Goya

Goya was not a happy man when he painted Saturn Devouring His Son, some time between 1819 and 1823. By the time he created this painting,...

Craig Wakerley 10 September 2019

Erotica

Venus Vincit Omnia. Venus in Art

Venus (also known by her Greek name Aphrodite) is the Goddess of Love. We've explored some famous Venus' here. Next, Velázquez's portrait put her...

Isla Phillips 9 September 2019

Animals

Henry Moore’s Sheep

Henry Spencer Moore was an English sculptor and artist. His forms are usually abstract human figures, often depicting mother-and-child or reclining...

Candy Bedworth 6 September 2019

Sport

All about Sailing in Painting

I've sailed only once or twice in my whole life but I can still remember the empowering feeling of liberation that I felt when on the water. Sailing...

Magda Michalska 20 August 2019

Windy Paintings for a Breath of Fresh Air

It's so hot in where I live at the moment, the air is stale and inert, everything seems to be suspended in time and space. I'm producing waterfalls...

Magda Michalska 14 August 2019