#still life

Manet and Saint Francis Impressionism

What Do Édouard Manet and Saint Francis Have in Common?

Édouard Manet once remarked: “I should like to be the Saint Francis of still life”. While the comparisons between Manet and Saint Francis may...

Marta Loza 23 January 2022

Dine & Wine

Strawberry Paintings Forever

There are very few who dislike strawberries, I know only two such people. I love everything about them, from texture, to smell, to taste. Painters...

Magda Michalska 20 January 2022

Dine & Wine

The Gift of Pomona – Pears in Art

Since ancient times the pear tree has been honored as a sacred tree symbolizing good health, happiness, and prosperity. At this time of the year,...

Candy Bedworth 20 January 2022

Asparagus art Dine & Wine

Meet Asparagus, The King of Vegetables! Not Just for Vegetarians

The season for asparagus is very short as it starts around the 23rd of April (St George’s Day) and lasts only until June. Its special qualities...

Magda Michalska 20 January 2022

Dine & Wine

This Article Is Only about Cheese in Painting

I feel ashamed. As an official cheese-lover who could eat it every day for every meal, I still haven’t dedicated a single line to cheese in...

Magda Michalska 20 January 2022

Cézanne's fruits Dine & Wine

Fast and Yummy: All We Know about Cézanne’s Fruit

Paul Cézanne was widely misunderstood by his contemporaries. This shy man, who was a precursor of Cubism and Fauvism, loved to paint fruit (in art...

Zuzanna Stańska 19 January 2022

Dine & Wine

Spanish Bodegones of the 17th Century

Looking at a painting and getting hungry? It might be a bodegón! Here we define the genre of Spanish bodegones in the context of 17th...

Soledad Castillo Jara 13 January 2022

Art History 101

A Small Guide to Still Life Symbols

You may think that all those marvelous Dutch still lifes from the 16th and 17th centuries were just some random sets of fruits, vegetables, and...

Zuzanna Stańska, Nicole Ganbold 9 January 2022

Fauvism

Why Was Matisse Obsessed with Goldfish?

Goldfish here, goldfish there, in a bowl, in a tank, on a table, by the window, goldfish everywhere. Having been looking at Henri Matisse’s...

Magda Michalska 29 December 2021

Suzanne Valadon Barnes Foundation: A white woman lays on a bed wearing a pink camisole and green and white striped pants. She has an unlit cigarette in her mouth and books at her feet. The bed curtains behind her are open and have a blue and white pattern, as does the bed spread. Review

Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel at the Barnes Foundation

In Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, shows how Valadon transitioned from an in-demand model to a...

Lauren Kraut 27 December 2021

Dine & Wine

Fish Paintings for Christmas Eve Dinners

In many cultures, Christmas Eve dinner does not include any meat or alcohol because one should keep a vigil fasting and expecting the feastings of...

Magda Michalska 22 December 2021

Vanitas painting with dark background. On the table are flowers, a scalloped dish filled with almonds, dates, and raisins, and pretzels on a pewter dish. There is also a pewter urn, a gold goblet, and wine glass filled with a red liquid. Long Read

Women of the Dutch Golden Age

The art produced during the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age is known for its beautiful genre scenes, landscapes, and still lifes. But the...

Lauren Kraut 6 December 2021