Contemporary art statues - what is contemporary art

To many people, coming up with a contemporary art definition can be a tricky task. While its title is simplistic and straightforward, its modern-day meaning is not as clear-cut. Source: What is Contemporary Art? Ultimate Guide to the Modern-Day Movement AdvertisementsRead More →

Pieris (Thestias) Pyrene (1837) butterfly illustration

A selection of beautiful butterfly and moth illustrations from Dru Drury Book on Etymology (1837). Dru Drury (4 February 1724 – 15 December 1803) was a British collector of natural history specimens and an entomologist.[1] He had specimens collected from across the world through a network of ship’s officers and collectors including Henry Smeathman.Read More →

The City by Charles Burchfield (1916)

Charles Burchfield his early watercolours Based on the Museum of Modern Art New York Exhibition April 11 to April 26, 1930 One question always kept coming back to haunt American artist, Charles Burchfield.  “He had this constant question, ‘Am I doing something valid?’ ” said a former director of theRead More →

Interaction of Color by Josef Albers illustration

Interaction of Color is Josef Albers masterwork and is one of the significant works on the nature and use of colour in art.  It is indispensable as a guide for artists, instructors, and students. John Ruskin, the Victorian art critic, said of colour: “Every hue throughout your work is alteredRead More →

The Chariot of Apollo by Odilon Redon 1905-16

Odilon Redon, the artist who at the age 73 outsold all but Marcel Duchamp at the 1913 Armory Show of “Modern French Art” in New York City.Read More →

Tsukudajima From Eitai Bridge, No. 4 in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

It is a tribute to the sheer loveliness of “Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo,”  These luscious ukiyo-e prints of 19th-century Japan that coloured the course of French Impressionism, and thus, Western art. The prints are ensconced in pink, blue and white galleries that use arboreal motifs blossoms andRead More →

Purple Hills Ghost Ranch - 2 - Purple Hills No II - Georgia O'Keeffe

GEORGIA Totto O’Keeffe, the acclaimed American painter and pioneer of modern art, lived long enough she was 98 when she died to see her work honoured as masterpieces in American museums. She continued to paint regularly well into her eighties until her eyesight began to fail, and she had toRead More →

The Most Terrible Night. View of Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen During the English Bombardement of Copenhagen at Night between 4 and 5 September 1807

The exhibition was shown at National museum, Stockholm. Although Denmark is a neighbour and the two countries share a common art history – the art that shaped Denmark’s image is surprisingly unknown in Sweden. During the 19th century, art that combined equal parts magical and realistic imagery grew out ofRead More →

The Danish Golden Age is the term for a period of Danish art and cultural life from approx. 1800 to approx. 1850. At the beginning of the 1820s, one could talk about a real Copenhagen art school that made Copenhagen an art centre on an equal footing with Munich, Dresden,Read More →

Few golden ages, whether the Netherlands in the 17th century, Elizabeth I’s England or Spain for a century from 1580, have had such abject beginnings as the Danish Golden Age. In 1801 the British defeated Denmark’s navy at the Battle of Copenhagen; in 1807 British ships bombarded Copenhagen itself, destroyingRead More →

View from Dosseringen near the Sortedam Lake (1838) by Christen Købke

The “Golden Age” is a term for the period between ca. 1800 and ca. 1850 in Danish painting. The term “Danish golden age of Painting” can be found in relation to H.C. Ørsted, who described his contemporary as special springtime. Source: The Golden Age | SMK – National Gallery ofRead More →

Audrey Hepburn Pop-Art Free Stock photo

Pop Art was never a cohesive movement. Instead, it inched its way up the international art scene, starting in the mid-1950s, as the invention of artists throughout Europe and the United States, artists who were often working independently and in isolation from each other. As a result, these artists tendedRead More →

Woman Embroidering Biedermeier oil canvas George Friedrich-1814

Biedermeier style, in art, a transitional period between Neoclassicism and Romanticism as it was interpreted by the bourgeoisie, particularly in Germany, Austria, northern Italy, and the Scandinavian countries. Following the Napoleonic sieges, the Biedermeier style grew during a period of economic impoverishment from 1825 to 1835. Source: Biedermeier style |Read More →

The Hay Wain, 1821, oil on canvas by John Constable

19th Century French artists in search of truth and beauty in rural life The Gleaners (1857) by Jean-François Millet. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Source Wikimedia Commons In the middle of the 19th century, a group of French artists set up home in the village of Barbizon in the Fontainebleau forest, someRead More →

The Gleaners (1857) by Jean-François Millet

Another pupil of Delaroche was the painter Charles-Francois Daubigny (1817-1878), noted for his enthusiasm for pleinairism , who used delicate hatching in pure colour in a style reminiscent of later Impressionists like Monet (1840-1926) and Renoir (1841-1919), to create his own brand of tranquil landscapes. Source: Barbizon School of LandscapeRead More →

Vanessa Bell 1942 by Duncan Grant

Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant were central to the formation and activities of the Bloomsbury Group. They were also the key artists in the group and their art has defined what we think of as ‘Bloomsbury’. Find out about their shared ideas and inspirations and explore the developmentRead More →

Artichoke Embroidery 1890 by William Morris

Essay The Arts and Crafts movement emerged during the late Victorian period in England, the most industrialized country in the world at that time. Anxieties about fueled a positive revaluation of handcraftsmanship and precapitalist forms of culture and society. Source: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America | Essay |Read More →

Paul Bailey Photo Meet William Morris

Elegant swirls of vines, flowers, and leaves in perfect symmetry, William Morris’ iconic patterns are instantly recognizable. Designed during the 1800s, Morris’ woodblock-printed wallpaper designs were revolutionary for their time, and can still be found all over the world, printed for furniture upholstery, curtains, ceramics, and even fashion accessories. Source:Read More →

Bird designed 1878 by William Morris

From the 1880s until the eve of World War One, Art Nouveau flourished across Europe. It was a universal style intended to unify the fine and applied arts to create a Gesamtkunstwerk (‘total work of art’). Everything from furniture to book illustration was influenced by its elegant organic forms. Source:Read More →

At the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The Art Nouveau movement began in 1890 with the goal of modernizing the design and abandoning the classical, historical styles that had previously been popular. Art Nouveau artists drew inspiration from natural elements, such as flowers or insects. Source: 10 Art Nouveau Artists Who Defined the MovementRead More →