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Travelling through France with the Impressionists (Part 3): the harsh north and the sultry south
In the first part of our trip through France with the Impressionists, we wrote about Paris and its suburbs. In the second part , we "visited" Fontainebleau, Barbizon, Pontoise and Giverny, so dear to the artists' hearts. Now we set off on a journey to Normandy, Provence and the French Riviera at route...
9 facts that will change your impression of the artist Egon Schiele
Well-known for his provocative paintings and suffering self-portraits, Egon Schiele is still a very controversial figure in the history of art because of his almost pornographic drawings. For your attention are several facts about this man and the artist.
Encyclopedia of Painting
Dadaism, or Dada, was a nihilistic avant-garde art movement that mainly showed itself in painting and literature. It originated in Switzerland during World War I, and existed in the years 1916 to 1922. Later, the French Dada merged with surrealism, and the German with expressionism. The style was a response to the atrocities of war, to the senseless killing of millions. The Dadaists viewed…
The Danish girl: how Gerda Wegener bent gender boundaries
She was born in Denmark, but she gained recognition in Paris because of her sophisticated and elegant portraits of women, for which her spouse posed. Her story, ambivalent sexuality, and a strange marriage were too complicated for people to understand at the beginning of the 20th century. She was a pioneering artist, but she didn't get a single exhibition in her homeland in over 75 years since…
The art of hearing: the painting which sings. Part I
Painting and music are as far apart as they are close. In an effort to convey the musical character of a situation or the sound of certain compositions, artists often depicted people playing music with instruments , and composers invented a special genre — symphonic sketch. However, the kinship of music and painting is deeper; composition, rhythm, colour are intrinsic properties of both art and…
Posthumous humiliation of Rubens by Van Dyck
After Ruben's death in 1640, van Dyck received a letter from the King of Spain. The artist had almost no doubts he would be offered a place at court. But Philip IV asked him to complete unfinished Rubens' commission first. "He managed to humiliate me even from his grave!" – said van Dyck discontentedly. He only had 12 months to live: a year after Rubens ' death, on December 9, 1641, the 42-year-old van Dyck died of a mysterious illness and was buried the same day as his daughter Justinia's baptism.
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