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  • Jeff Koons and His Balloon Dogs

    By July 3, 2020

    What do Jeff Koons, Jay Z, Christie’s, and clowns have in common? Balloon dogs! Read how an artwork looking like a huge toy hit USD 58.4m at a Christie’s auction becoming one of the most expensive artworks by...

  • Max Ernst and Birds: A Relationship Explained Through Paintings

    By July 2, 2020

    Max Ernst (1891–1976) was a prolific German avant-garde artist. He was a pioneer in the early 20th century movements of Dada and Surrealism and developed a number of inventive artistic techniques. Ernst had the ability to make the...

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    See a Man About a Dog: Dogs in Paintings

    By July 1, 2020

    The title sentence is a charming English euphemism, usually used to apologize for one’s imminent departure or absence—generally to conceal one’s true purpose, such as going to use the toilet or going to buy a drink. We, however,...

  • Great Artists’ Dachshund Muses

    By June 29, 2020

    Did you know that some of the world’s most celebrated artists and performers have been dachshund owners? This extensive list of elite creatives includes Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Kelsey Grammar, Leonard Nimoy, Marylin Monroe, Marlin Brando, Pierre Bonnard…...

  • The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

    By May 14, 2020

    Henri Rousseau was a French painter who painted in the Naïve or Primitive manner. He was also known as Le Douanier (the customs officer), which was a humorous description of his occupation as a toll collector. He was self-taught and ridiculed...

  • What Bunnies Are Capable of, Bunny Paintings Not Only for Easter

    By April 12, 2020

    I had already written about eggs and how often they feature in art (quirky…). This Easter it is time for another symbol: the Easter Bunny! The cute little rabbit believed to bring Easter eggs to children, originated from the...

  • Puppies, Doggies and Pugs in Art (for Dog Lovers Only!)

    By April 11, 2020

    Dogs are man’s best friends. And if a man happens to be a painter or a sitter for a painting, they must be included too. In the end, they are our most dedicated companions and that’s why we...

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