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In Art, What Makes It a Masterpiece ?
In the history of art, the popularity of any given artist may wane. What are the requirements of a work of art to be deemed a ‘masterpiece’?
Matisse & Picasso Borrow Bather’s Pose by Cézanne
Cézanne’s model in his ‘Four Bathers’ would strike a pose that would later greatly influence Matisse and Picasso. Can you guess what it might be?
My Must See London Art Museums
I have an upcoming trip to London where I will be taking in nearly all the notable art museums. Let’s compare my wish list to yours.
Techniques of Art in Drawing & Painting
Most art aficionados are familiar with the Italian words ‘chiaroscuro’ and ‘sfumato’. ‘Disegno’ and ‘istoria’ are words predominately used in the history of art. I will explain further by citing examples.
Origins of the Human Heart in Art
The human heart was symbolically represented in ancient Egypt as well as in a Mesoamerican culture. In the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci would realistically draw this human organ. I will discuss this evolution.
Art and Art Books For Children
I have been asked by my readers which art books I would choose to introduce children to the world of art. I will discuss a book recommendation and a child's delight at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine.
Chihuly – Handcrafted Glass Artist Extraordinaire
Dale Chihuly studied at RISD and hails from the Pacific Northwest. His exhibit of uniquely handcrafted colored glass at the MFA Boston redefines the term ‘arts and crafts’.
Fake Art & Forged Antiquities
Dutch artist Han van Meegeren holds the distinction of being the master Vermeer forger of the 1930s. In 2003 the British Museum would buy a fake statue. More will follow.
Vincent Van Gogh - the Artist and His Life
Unlike the works of Picasso which can be explained by the loves in his life, the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh can best be understood by where he lived and worked. I will discuss ‘The Starry Night’ from his stay in Saint-Rémy as well as other notable paintings.
Albrecht Dürer - German Renaissance Artist
Albrecht Dürer was undoubtedly the greatest Northern European Renaissance artist in the late 15th century. Best known for his woodcut prints with religious and mythological themes, he also wrote books on geometry and human proportions.
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