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Famous Paintings: Women of Algiers

By |September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Romanticism paintings|Tags: |

Women of Algiers is simply one of the most famous paintings by Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863). It captures his rejection of Neoclassical style which emphasized formal clarity, intricate details, and flawlessly smooth textures.  In contrast, Delacroix became the standard bearer of Romanticism. This style has fluid, expressive [...]

Famous Paintings: Death of Sardanapalus

By |July 5th, 2018|Categories: Romanticism paintings|Tags: , |

The Background of Eugene Delacroix. One of the most well-known painters from the 19th century, Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) created some of the most famous paintings of this era.  These include Liberty Leading the People and Death of Sardanapalus.  At the age of 17, Delacroix studied [...]

Famous Paintings: American Gothic

By |June 18th, 2018|Categories: American painters|Tags: , , |

Many Americans first saw modern art at the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art, now simply called the Armory Show.  Although two-thirds of the works exhibited were by American painters, their European counterparts stole the show.  Americans may have been familiar with European artists [...]

Famous Painters: Edvard Munch

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Fauvism and Expressionism paintings|Tags: |

The Met Bruer's show, "Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed", seeks to dispel a long-standing, often repeated assessment of this Norwegian painter: that after a nervous breakdown in 1908-09, the quality of his work plummeted and he was no longer one of [...]

Famous Paintings: The Scream

By |August 21st, 2017|Categories: Fauvism and Expressionism paintings|Tags: |

The Scream by Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is one of the most famous paintings in Western art history, and inarguably one of the most readily recognized. Edvard Munch. The Scream, 1893. Tempera and casein on cardboard, 36 by 29".  Munch Museum, Oslo. The painter [...]

Famous Paintings eBook

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Famous Paintings ebooks and Surveys|Tags: , |

Announcing an updated Famous Paintings ebook! With vital facts about 250 paintings - from Renaissance art through Pop art - and linked articles exploring the art history behind over 200 famous painters and their works. The free Famous Paintings ebook provides: each painting's size, year of creation, and medium; [...]

Famous Art Museums: Albright-Knox Art Gallery

By |February 14th, 2017|Categories: Famous Paintings by Art Museum|

Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkey. Oil on canvas, 1938.  16" by 12". The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is one of those rare art museums with an art collection that belies its size and location.  It's one of those regional art museums, like the [...]

Famous Paintings: Lady with an Ermine

By |December 29th, 2016|Categories: Renaissance paintings|Tags: |

Given that Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519) died nearly five centuries ago, it seems unlikely that there would be still be major discoveries about this Italian Renaissance master. But "unlikely" happens. The French scientist Pascal Cotte spent three years using a pioneering reflective [...]

Famous Painters: Clara Peeters

By |December 1st, 2016|Categories: Baroque paintings|Tags: |

Although Clara Peeters is recognized as one of the founders of still life painting, nearly nothing is known about her life, teachers, or patrons.  Equally remarkable, the Prado Museum, nearly 200 years old, is holding its first solo exhibition of a female painter. Introducing [...]

Famous Paintings to Start the Art History School Year

By |September 14th, 2016|Categories: Art History Beyond Europe & Before 1400|Tags: , , |

With another year of art history starting in high schools and colleges, I have consolidated some earlier posts about the famous paintings and artwork typically studied at the start of an academic year.  Dig in! Cave Paintings Big Horn Rhino, Chauvet caves, France. Considered [...]

Famous Painters: Edgar Degas

By |June 7th, 2016|Categories: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism paintings|Tags: |

Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was born into a prominent aristocratic family whose surname was de Gas, which Degas found too pretentious to adopt; nor did he often use his full first name, Hilaire-Germain-Edgar. He abandoned his pursuit of law at 18 years of age, and [...]

Famous Painters: Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun

By |March 8th, 2016|Categories: Neoclassical paintings|Tags: |

Self-Portrait, 1790.  Oil on canvas, approximately 39" by 32". Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun (1755-1842) was born of humble parentage to Jeanne Massin and the portraitist Louis Vigee.  Like Angelica Kauffmann, Vigee-Le Brun was a precocious artist whose talent was [...]