November 7th, 2020

One of the Most Famous Rooms in Art Hstory: Van Gogh’s “The Bedroom”

via The Van Gogh Blog – via @theartnewspaper

It was autumn when Van Gogh first slept in the Yellow House and painted what must be the most famous bedroom in art history. The picture is a still life, although one on an enormous scale. What does it tell us about Vincent’s life on the […]

April 15th, 2017

Matisse Cut-Outs: The Audacity of Simplicity

MATISSE CUT-OUTS: THE AUDACITY OF SIMPLICITY This is in an excellent video about Matisse and his development of the cut-out art form. The 30-minute video was produced by the BBC to coincide with the landmark 2014 exhibition of cut-outs at London’s Tate Modern and New York’s MoMA. Shown here: Icarus (1943 -1944)

“In 1941, after […]

January 4th, 2017

The Strasbourg Astronomical Clock

Artist: Cristina Urdiales, Spain Artist Statement: I sketched this piece during a summer holiday trip to Strasbourg in August, 2016. This clock is inside the cathedral. [Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, Alsace, France]. There are lots of people around and it only gets illuminated for five minutes now and then, so I had to work very […]

December 31st, 2016

Best Wishes for a Happy & Healthy New Year

“The Rocket” (1909) Artist: Edward Middleton Manigault (1887 – 1922) Medium: Oil on canvas Location: Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

August 13th, 2016

Van Gogh, “The Sower” (study)

Inspired by the Jean-François Millet’s paintings of peasants sowing seeds, van Gogh visited this theme many times. Like Millet, sowing for van Gogh is a symbol. The concept is based on the “Parable of the Sower” as told by Jesus in which he likens the toils of the sower to our own journey through life: […]

May 16th, 2016

Mid-Century Unease – Edward Hopper & Nina Simone Together

This is a compelling, moody video of Edward Hopper’s paintings and Nina Simone’s music. via Mike Bailey:

May 7th, 2016

About Picasso’s ‘Night Fishing at Antibes’

The painting was created just at the outbreak of World War II. It is a somber view of a world about to explode, a companion piece to Picasso’s ‘Guernica’. This excellent 8-minute video essay helps us to understand Picasso’s allegorical painting:  via #nerdwriter1

April 11th, 2016

Sketchbook of the Teenage Egon Schiele

Research presented in the 2013 book titled “Egon Schiele: The Beginning” includes previously unpublished images from Schiele’s early sketchbook.

Among the sketches found in the journal is a portrait of Margarete Partonek (below), a girl who caught the artist’s attention when he was 15 years old. “The young Schiele quickly became obsessed with Margarete, drawing […]

April 1st, 2016

About Velázquez’ “Las Meninas”

“There is maybe no painting in the history of the form more worthy of analysis then Velázquez’ Las Meninas“. That’s the start of this excellent 10-minute video essay about Velázquez’ masterpiece:

via @clairewaves

June 22nd, 2015

The Impossible World of M.C. Escher

A retrospective of M.C. Escher’s work begins next week in Edinburgh’s National Gallery of Modern Art and this has inspired The Guardian to publish an excellent article about this enigmatic artist. Here are few excerpts:

“The artist who created some of the most memorable images of the 20th century was never fully embraced by […]

May 31st, 2015

Gauguin Blockbuster in Basel

A major retrospective of Paul Gauguin’s paintings is currently on view the Fondation Beyler museum in Basel, Switzerland. The exhibit brings together about fifty of Gauguin’s masterpieces from leading international museums and private collections. The following is an excellent short video that focuses on some of the show’s highlights. via Huffington Post


May 25th, 2015

Why Aren’t American Museums Doing More to Return Nazi-looted Art?

Helen Mirren’s latest film, ‘Woman in Gold’, tells a true story of an arts battle. Mirren stars as Maria Altmann, a naturalized US citizen who sues the Austrian government to recover Gustav Klimt’s portrait of her aunt, Adele Bloch-Bauer, looted from her family’s home by the Nazis.

Time Magazine reports: “While ‘Woman in Gold’ is […]

May 17th, 2015

The Collaboration of Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí

In 1937, Salvador Dalí wrote to a friend, “I have come to America and I am in contact with three great American surrealists – the Marx Brothers, Cecil B. DeMille, and Walt Disney.” Dalí and Disney had met at a dinner party given by Jack Warner and became friends. Then in 1945 the two began […]

May 12th, 2015

Cynical Derision or Insightful Criticism?

Last night Picasso’s “Women of Algiers” (1955) sold at a record-breaking $179 million (£ 102.6). Picasso’s painting is an homage to the earlier painting of the same name by 19-century painter Eugène Delacroix (shown side-by-side).

Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones argues that this record-breaking price was paid for a “late, ungreat work shows the foolishness […]

May 11th, 2015

Frida Kahlo: Fashion Icon

“Frida Kahlo used clothing as an integral part of her artwork and in turn created an iconic image that champions creativity, bravery and the colorful spirit of Mexico. She also used clothing to hide her physical imperfections. Sixty-one years after her death, she has become a fashion genre within her own right. Kahlo’s distinctive look […]

April 22nd, 2015

Frida Kahlo Love Letters

“A newly discovered set of love letters written by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was recently displayed at the Doyle Gallery in New York. Kahlo had written the letters to Jose Bartoli, a Catalán émigré artist whom she met in New York while they were both recuperating from surgery in New York. These unpublished letters, dating […]

March 12th, 2015

Channeling Dürer

Artist: Anya Toomre Artist Statement: I am enrolled in the online Sketchbook Skool and was presented with the creative challenge of stealing an admired artist’s work. I chose Albrecht Dürer because the animals he has drawn have always fascinated me. I knew about his Hare and Walrus, but only recently came across his Rhinoceros. Given […]

March 6th, 2015

Sargent Returns to the Prado

Velásquez’ painting “Las Meninas” famously inspired a major tribute by Picasso. But John Singer Sargent was among the many other artists also greatly influenced by the Velásquez and he copied it when he visited Madrid’s Prado Museum in his youth. Later, Sargent used the inspiration of “Las Meninas” to create his society portrait “The Daughters […]

February 10th, 2015

Darwin Sketchbooks Now Available Online

Thanks to Jan Blencowe for posting this article about Conrad Martens, the artist who accompanied Darwin on his explorations of the Galapagos Islands. These sketchbooks have now been digitized and have been put online by Cambridge University. To read more and access the sketchbooks online: This is the video about the sketchbooks created by […]