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Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Almond Blossom by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime. He was not a financially successful artist, and he was entirely dependent on his...

James W Singer 28 January 2024

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Vase with Flowers by Rachel Ruysch

Let’s discuss one of the greatest still-life artists: Rachel Ruysch. Still-life paintings do not draw the crowds at museums. They are often...

James W Singer 28 January 2024

Women Artists

Charlotte Salomon: Theater of Life and Death

This is not a story with a happy ending. Or a happy beginning for that matter. It’s a story of suicides, sexual abuse, a mystery to solve and art...

Magda Michalska 27 January 2024

Women Artists

Making Meaning: Charlotte Salomon Painting Her Childhood

The artist Charlotte Salomon was tragically murdered in the gas chamber in Auschwitz at the age of 26, while 5 months pregnant. She left behind two...

Candy Bedworth 27 January 2024

Herstory

Malva Schalek: Art in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Malva Schalek, also known as Malvína Schalková, was a Czech-Jewish artist who endured the turbulent landscape of the early 20th century and was...

Andreea Iancu 27 January 2024

Women Artists

Story within a Story in Paula Rego’s World

Paula Rego was probably the most important figure in the narrative British painting. She drew her inspiration from fairytales, myths, animations and...

Magda Michalska 26 January 2024

Women Artists

Paula Rego and Other Strong Women

Paula Rego (1935-2022) was a Portuguese-British visual artist considered one of the pre-eminent woman artists of the late 20th and early 21st...

Magda Michalska 26 January 2024

Ian Francis, Petrified Archway, 2015, mixed media on canvas. Artist's website. Contemporary Art

The Violent, Abstract Art of Ian Francis

Ian Francis’ art career started with disillusionment. He weathered the selective art world of the late 1990s, carrying on with works that...

Errika Gerakiti 25 January 2024

Sofonisba Anguissola, The Game of Chess, 1555. Women Artists

Masterpiece Story: The Game of Chess by Sofonisba Anguissola

Sofonisba Anguissola is known for her self-portraits and portraits of Spanish royalty. But her most provocative painting is perhaps The Game of...

Anna Ingram 25 January 2024

Still from Emily in Paris, S3E09, released by Netflix.  Theater & Cinema

Art in Emily in Paris

In season three of Netflix’s Emily in Paris, the cast travels around Paris, France, and visits many famous museums, monuments, and sites. While...

Anna Ingram 25 January 2024

Theater & Cinema

Transatlantic Series on Netflix: Who Were the 10 Artists Fleeing the Nazis?

During WWII the American team Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC) led by Varian Fry rescued more than 2,000 people from the Nazi regime between 1940 and...

Jimena Escoto, 25 January 2024

Screencap from Doctor Who episode. From left hand side of image: Vincent van Gogh’s The Church at Auvers is on the wall, side on to the viewer. The church windows are at eye level. The Doctor studies the painting intently. Companion Amy looks to the Doctor with a troubled expression. Theater & Cinema

Art in Doctor Who: A Journey Through Time

The year 2023 marked the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who, a British sci-fi show about a runaway alien Time Lord that’s now beloved worldwide. Fans...

Jenna Burns 25 January 2024