#19th Century

Why is Klimt Famous?

Gustav Klimt, born in Austria in 1862, is celebrated as one of the most valued artists in the history of art. But, why is Klimt famous? Why exactly...

Bolor Jargalsaikhan 28 March 2018

George Tooker: A Purveyor of Modern Alienation and Despair

When the American figurative painter, George Tooker died in 2011, The New York Times said of his 1956 painting, Government Bureau, “was inspired by...

Wendy Gray 15 March 2018

Impressionism

The Story Of The Art Dealer Durand-Ruel, The Man Behind Impressionism

The story is known: at the end of the 19th century a group of young French artists dissatisfied with academic rules began to develop a new type of...

Rute Ferreira 16 February 2018

Artist Stories

The Great Stanisław Wyspiański and His Many Talents

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...

Pola Otterstein 10 January 2018

Impressionism

Auguste Renoir – Two Young Girls at the Piano

In late 1891 or early 1892 Renoir was invited by the French government to execute a painting for a new museum in Paris, the Musée du Luxembourg,...

Zuzanna Stańska 8 October 2017

Impressionism

Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge

Claude Monet in 1924 wrote: “It took me a long time to understand my water lilies…. I grew them without thinking of painting them…. And...

Zuzanna Stańska 17 September 2017

Impressionism

Cézanne’s Postimpressionist Portraits At The Musée d’Orsay

Paul Cézanne was a French artist widely acknowledged for bridging the late years of Impressionism and the early years of Postimpressionism.

Pola Otterstein 12 September 2017

Erotica

Few Comments on Courbet’s Origin of the World

In the 19th century, the display of the nude body underwent a revolution – and a massive critique. Gustave Courbet, one of the main...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 August 2017

Artist Stories

The Tragic Tale Of The Gierymski Brothers

It is rare to see two siblings as talented and successful - and on the same artistic level - as the Gierymski brothers were, and their story is a...

Pola Otterstein 19 August 2017

Impressionism

Camille Pissarro’s St. Thomas Paintings You Should Know

Camille Pissarro, one of the most famous impressionist painters, was born in St. Thomas island in 1830. The exotic island inspired much of his...

Zuzanna Stańska 2 August 2017

Baroque

Reflecting the Invisible or Distorting the Visible: Mirrors in Art

People have always been fascinated with their reflections. In the visual art the mirror has been interpreted as an instrument to show admiration or...

Alina Manevskaya 19 July 2017

Masterpiece Stories

Jozef Mehoffer – Strange Garden

Usually on our Painting of the Week cycle we feature internationally acclaimed masterpieces. But today we wanted to feature a beautiful painting,...

Zuzanna Stańska 17 June 2017