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The Art Office: Corporate Art Collections

By November 29, 2020

What is your first thought when you think about going to the...

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Painting of the Week: James Barry, King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia

By November 29, 2020

King Lear by William Shakespeare is a great tragedy that centers around...

  • Museums And Exhibitions

    Violet Oakley: A Grand Vision by a female muralist

    By January 16, 2018

    1906, Philadelphia, USA and a historic moment in art was unfolding in the Pennsylvania Capitol Building.  A series of murals depicting ‘The Founding of the State of Liberty Spiritual’ were being installed in the Governor’s Reception Room and...

  • 20th century

    Fernando Botero And His Remakes Of Classic Masterpieces

    By January 15, 2018

    I must tell you something in secret – I love Fernando Botero’s works. There is something really interesting in his paintings. This Colombian figurative artist and sculptor, born in Medellín in 1932 (yes, that Medellín from “Narcos”!) has his signature...

  • Painting of the Week

    Marc Chagall, Paris Through The Window

    By January 14, 2018

    Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina said: “Paris is always a good idea”. A similar idea must have come to the mind of Marc Chagall who moved to Paris from Russia in 1910. Chagall was overwhelmed by the recent...

  • Artist

    Symbolism in Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

    By January 13, 2018

    Rossetti started Beata Beatrix in 1863 after the death of his wife Elizabeth Siddal (1829-62). The painting illustrates the last chapter of Medieval Florentine writer Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)’s poem La Vita Nuova (1295). The female figure is of...

  • Art History 101

    Everything You Should Know About Orientalism

    By January 12, 2018

    Nineteenth-century Europeans were fascinated by Near East and North Africa. Everything began roughly around the time of the Napoleonic invasion of Egypt when fantasies about the ‘other’ served to justify the colonial expansions. As Napoleonic troops brought foreign...

  • Art History 101

    Women’s Place Is In The Kitchen: The Story of Dutch Genre Painting

    By January 11, 2018

    One of the unquestionable masters of Dutch genre painting was Jan Vermeer. However, today I want to present two less known painters: Peter de Hooch and Jan Steen. Ready for some Dutch interiors? Genre? Genre painting was not...

  • Artists' Stories

    The Great Stanisław Wyspiański And His Many Talents

    By January 10, 2018

    He is considered by many of his compatriots to have been something of a Leonardo da Vinci of the 19th century. Stanisław Wyspiański and his many talents encompassed not only painting and sculpting. He was also a significant,...

  • 20th century

    The Beautiful Portraiture of Cecilia Beaux

    By January 9, 2018

    Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942) is the most important American society painter that you probably have never heard of. She was a popular artist and a highly-respected teacher, but she isn’t well known today. Let’s change that and explore beautiful...

  • Enlightenment

    Enlightenment and Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’

    By January 8, 2018

    Artists of the 17/18th century started to secularise traditional subject matters: science and intellectual exploration began to replace religion and dogma, which greatly shifted the course of the represented world and of intellectual understanding. Joseph Wright ‘of Derby’ was one of...

  • 20th century

    Edward Hopper, New York Interior

    By January 7, 2018

    Edward Hopper arrived for the first time to New York around the turn of the 20th century. He then studied with Robert Henri and embraced the Ashcan School’s entanglement with its moment. “Art cannot be separated from life,”...

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