Modern Art in Nazi Germany

Adolf Ziegler.  The Four Elements: Fire, Water and Earth, Air.  Oil on canvas, before 1937.  Left to right: 67" by 33"; 67" by 75"; 63" by 30" Shortly after Adolf Hitler came to power as chancellor in 1933, he commissioned [...]

Famous Paintings: The Kiss and Adele Bloch-Bauer

The Viennese artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), who was trained as a decorative artist, created murals in classical-realist style for public halls and theaters in Vienna before switching to portraiture. In 1907 Klimt created two works now deemed the most famous paintings of his so-called Golden Style, The [...]

By |2018-04-05T11:05:59-04:00January 5th, 2013|Cubism and Futurism paintings|1 Comment

Famous Paintings: Girl Before a Mirror

Most art history fans can readily recall which famous paintings stoked their love affair with the history of painting. Girl Before a Mirror, one of the most famous Picasso paintings, sealed the deal for me. Girl Before a Mirror is a vanitas, [...]

By |2018-03-23T23:15:59-04:00August 7th, 2012|Cubism and Futurism paintings|5 Comments

Picasso Paintings: Las Meninas

Although the earliest Picasso artwork is  showcased by Barcelona's Picasso Museum, the Picasso paintings titled Las Meninas are the real masterpieces. Picasso - who didn't shrink from measuring himself against the most celebrated painters of art history - explored and interpreted famous paintings by Courbet, Manet, El Greco, and Velazquez.  [...]

By |2018-03-24T18:32:25-04:00August 4th, 2010|Cubism and Futurism paintings|6 Comments

Famous Paintings: Portrait of Gertrude Stein

 Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881-1973) was one of the rare famous painters whose influence on art history was inarguable during his life. One of his earliest collectors was Gertrude Stein, an American expatriate who studied at Radcliffe and Harvard before becoming an early [...]

By |2018-03-25T17:12:21-04:00July 11th, 2009|Cubism and Futurism paintings|0 Comments