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 […]

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:

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Research presented in the 2013 book titled “Egon Schiele: The Beginning” includes previously unpublished images from Schiele’s early sketchbook.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

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 […]

June 27th, 2014

Transforming Caillebotte’s “Paris Street; Rainy Day”

This is a link to a short, fascinating video about how conservators cleaned one of the Art Institute’s most renowned treasures. An awesome inside view to cleaning this huge painting. “When conservator Faye Wrubel examined Gustave Caillebotte’s masterpiece “Paris Street; Rainy Day” in the Art Institute’s conservation studio, she discovered, among other things, that the […]