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Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: François Boucher, La Toilette

The soft rustle of silky cloth and the hard crackling of burning wood echo against the yellow papered walls of the boudoir. The small room is...

James W Singer 22 November 2020

Literature

Book Review: Frida Kahlo’s Unimaginable Life

Fridamania is contagious. Reading the Frida Kahlo book written by Hettie Judah almost drags us to the brink of melancholic stroke despite being armed...

Urvi Chheda 17 November 2020

Photography

Capturing Light: The Pioneers of Photography in France

It all officially began in 1839 in two countries at once: in Britain, the British Royal Academy announced the discovery of a method of capturing...

Magda Michalska 11 November 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story for All Saints: A Burial at Ornans by Gustave Courbet

Who nowadays doesn’t appreciate Gustave Courbet‘s striking realism? We all do, but as happens with many geniuses, Courbet was not...

Magda Michalska 1 November 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Henri Fantin-Latour, Still Life

The greatest happiness can be found in the simple pleasures of daily life. Such simplicities could include the taste of fresh fruit, the smell of...

James W Singer 13 September 2020

Six of the World’s Most Famous Art Academies

Have you ever wondered where the world's most famous artists went to school? Many studied at one (or more) of these six art academies. The schools on...

Alexandra Kiely 4 September 2020

WTF Art History

5 Impressionist Gossips Which Will Make You Feel They Staged a Soap Opera

I know, it is a bit rude to discuss private lives of people. But when it comes to the Impressionists, knowing their relationships, connections,...

Zuzanna Stańska 31 July 2020

Bastille Day in Paintings

Fête nationale or 14 Juillet are the official names of Bastille Day in France. This national French holiday commemorates the beginning of the French...

Magda Michalska 14 July 2020

Art History 101

Everything You Need to Know About François Boucher

François Boucher (1703-1770) was a French artist well known for his Rococo style artworks. His artworks are synonymous with the blossom of...

Kateryna Martynova 23 June 2020

Impressionism

Claude Monet: Using the Home and Garden as Inspiration

Claude Monet used his beautiful home and garden in Giverny, France as the source for many of his paintings. We can all learn from the way that he...

Nina Relf 9 June 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Robert Delaunay, The Red Tower

When people speak of Paris, images of Notre-Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and Musée du Louvre flash into the imagination. And for good reason, as they are...

James W Singer 31 May 2020

Museum Stories

The Hidden Gems of the Van Gogh Museum

Every museum has its share of highlights. There are those that struggle with so many that it is difficult to make a list of reasonable length. The...

Joanna Kaszubowska 17 May 2020